On needing a win …
“We’ve dug a hole enough, one that seems like it’s too big, but it’s not because we’re going to keep fighting, we going to keep chipping away, and hopefully we’re going to make this playoff push.”
On passing instead of shooting …
“Believe me, I hear the fans telling me to shoot more, whatever, but you know what? Passing the ball and getting the ball poppin’ is something that when you see gets going, it’s like a domino effect. Once it gets poppin’, if you saw tonight, we got it going early, and now everyone wants to do it. And it’s fun basketball. That’s how you’re supposed to play and it’s fun to win.”
On beating Orlando …
“Hopefully it builds some momentum … this is a real good basketball team. We’re going to go night in and night out and prove it. My role is going to be bigger. I have to go out an perform on a high level and I’m looking forward to that challenge.”
On if beating the Magic is just a one-time, emotion thing ….
“It’s all about pride. It’s all about knowing that we are better than what our record shows. And it has to change. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us. In order to change this situation, in order to make this a positive result, guys in this locker room have to do it. We can’t make any more excuses.”
On Finger Gun dance in Philadelphia …
“[Gilbert] is the type of person that when something’s bothering him, he tries to laugh it off or joke it off so it doesn’t bother him as much. I don’t think this joke was meant to harm anyone, but at the same time it was wrong.
If you don’t get his sense of humor, then it was wrong … matter of fact, it was wrong period. I was involved in it … I took a fine, which I had no problem with … it was wrong.”
On removal of Gilbert Arenas, jerseys and external billboard, from the Verizon Center …
“It’s just sad … because he worked so hard to get where he’s at, a second round pick, nobody knew who he was, and for him to make his name.
It’s just sad that he’s got to go through this. But everybody goes through tough times, earlier in my career I went through tough times, you just gotta be tough.”