"We've got a lot of kids that played very doggone well for most of the season. Our team is very happy about what's happened so far. One thing that I really love is that we didn't jump on top of the backboard or jump on the scorer's table. They were very happy about it, they were ecstatic about winning the tournament, but they were a little reserved because they want to do more. And I felt like I needed to do this, but I said, ‘Understand that I want you to feel really good about this, because there's a lot of teams, a lot of young men who have played in the Atlantic Coast Conference and have never won a championship in the ACC Tournament.'
"It's the granddaddy of all tournaments, it's a big-time thing, so I really wanted them to feel good about it, but deep down, I like the fact that they didn't go wacko because they want to see if they can do something else. That's the bottom line. They're going to try as hard as they can to do some other things… It's been a great year. This is a group of youngsters that have really been tougher at game time, at crunch time than I gave them credit for early in the season. And down the stretch, they've really been good."
On the team's toughness:
"We're gifted, there's no denying that fact. We are gifted. I've had some teams that are more gifted than this bunch, but this bunch is pretty doggone tough and they have the big rascal. When your best player is the toughest guy, the hardest worker, the leader and he doesn't say ‘boo,' he just plays, I tell you what...
"I got on Danny Green in the Virginia Tech game. The shot clock's winding down and Marcus [Ginyard] ends up having to force up a shot to get a shot off, hoping that it goes in or to get another opportunity or something, and Danny Green was standing outside the 3-point line. Ray Charles could figure out that Marcus was going to shoot the dadgum ball, okay? But Danny's standing there and he doesn't go to the backboard, and so after the game that night, I jumped on his rear end and showed it to him, and said, ‘Right here.' And I drew a spot on the dry erase board and I put a ‘D' for Danny there. And I said, ‘Now let me show you something else.'
"Because the last play of the Virginia Tech game, Tyler Hansbrough was setting a screen and he was standing in that same exact spot and the shot was taken and the big rascal went about 30 feet diagonally across the court and got the basketball and shot the sucker in. So I said, ‘Danny, I'm just telling you, that right here you are, and right there Tyler is. And you did absolutely nothing and nothing good happened for us. Tyler chased the basketball, and it happened to bounce to him, and you helped on that one play…'
"But we've got to have that kind of effort where Tyler goes from outside the 3-point line on the left wing to the right baseline and chase the ball down. He get's so embarrassed because I brag on his big rear end all of the time, but as long as he keeps playing like that, I'm going to brag on him even more, I can tell you that."
On Deon Thompson:
"Deon is not 100 percent by any means. He and I, in fact, had a nice little chat this afternoon and he is getting better, and he realizes that he's got to play better. At the press conference today, somebody asked if I was disappointed with Deon and Alex [Stepheson] and if that was the reason I didn't have them in at the end of the game, and I said, ‘Yes.' If a guy doesn't score 100 points and block 100 shots, then I'm always trying to find a way to make him better. And at that point, after Danny had fouled out, we needed more ball-handling in there against a pressing team and a little better perimeter defense against a team that's going to get 3-point shots.
"But on Friday, Deon's going to start the game because I'm not giving up on the kid. He's had a tough stretch here with some injuries that haven't allowed him to do some things that he needs to do, and at other points, he hasn't played as well as he's needed to play. I made the statement today, as much as people think it is, or maybe families think it is, it's not junior high, YMCA basketball. Everybody's not entitled to play the same amount of minutes and get the same amount of shots.
"The bottom line is that you've got to produce. And if you produce, you get to keep going in there, and if you don't produce, it's my job to find somebody that can do it or to find a way to motivate you to do a better job. But those kids are with us. Deon and Alex were as excited as they could be to win the championship, but both of them would like to play better and play more and they're handling it really well. Deon does need to get 100 percent physically."
On how much input his assistant coaches have during games:
"I give my assistants a chance to say something at every timeout. I say what I want to say, every assistant gets a chance to say it, and then I pull it together, tie it in a bow and finish it up and then send them out… I think that I've got the greatest staff in the country and that I should do that."
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