R.C. Buford Talks About Life After Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich

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“I think we’re always considering it. You don’t know what the opportunity is. Hopefully you’ve built the program to be as flexible as it can be at the time that opportunities are created. But I can’t predict when that will happen, nor know. When you have one of the great players of all time and one of the great coaches of all time, knowing how you’re going to fill those shoes (is impossible) because you’re not. It will be numbing and changing. Those are the people who we’ve come to work with and battle with, committed ourselves to as they’ve committed to the rest of us. And that will be hard.”"

R.C. Buford Before Game 5 of 2014 NBA Finals

Miami Heat Will Go With A ‘Bunker Mentality’ In Game 5

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“This series is not over. We’ve got guys with too much pride to even start thinking about it being over. At the end of the day, our focus will be, ‘How do we get better than we did in Game 3 and Game 4 at home?’ We’re going with that bunker mentality in Game 5.”

LeBron James refusing to give up despite the fact no team in the history of the NBA Finals have come back from a 1-3 deficit

Dwane Casey Explained Why He Took TTC To Game 7

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“I got stuck in traffic. I was sitting there in traffic for like 30 minutes and I wasn’t moving. I did a u-turn in the middle of the street and went back home. I jumped on the subway. Good ole reliable subway. I don’t think anyone expected us to be playing today when they planned to have a marathon and a Game 7 on the same day. I got stuck. Believe me, you don’t want to be on a subway going to a Game 7. You saw the pictures and everything. I didn’t think anybody would recognize me but you saw the pictures (on twitter) and everything. I think the shirt gave me away.”

Photo courtesy of Arvin Mednoza on twitter.

Jason Kidd With Some Lofty Praise For Dwane Casey

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“He’s a competitor. For one, he’s a great person as a coach and off the court too. When you talk about him as a human being he’s as good as it gets. I’m glad he got this second opportunity (to be a head coach in the NBA). He’s never going to quit no matter what the circumstances.  He’s going to fight. When he had a group of guys that believe in what he’s saying you can see that on the floor. You can see that with this current Raptors team that they are going to fight to the end.”

Jason Kidd talking about Dwane Casey

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Jeff Hornacek Impressed With Improvements Toronto Raptors Have Made This Season

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“They are a well-rounded team. They’ve got scorers. They’ve got defenders and they really help each other defensively. If you’re not quick with your thoughts and your passes you’re not going to get a good shot off so we are going to really have to execute. I think they are kind of like us in that when you trade a star guy away it gives other guys opportunities to step it up even more. (DeMar) DeRozan and (Kyle) Lowry have done that. It also makes more opportunities for (Jonas) Valanciunas. And then there are some of the pieces that they have added off of the bench. When you look at their bench that comes in – that’s a pretty good bench. (Greivis) Vasquez was a starter last season. (Steve) Novak was a big piece of what New York did last season. (Patrick) Patterson is a great three-point shooter. They’ve added talented guys that can come into the game off the bench and there’s not letting up against these guys.”

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