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Outstanding Quotes from Rick Barnes

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Free article from Chip Brown at, enjoy. Really good stuff from Coach Barnes.

Talking about turning the corner as a team:

Everyone thinks they know the answer to the problem. Sometimes, I don't know if I know the answer all the time. But from a basketball standpoint, it's easy to figure that part out. The hard part is to get them to carry it over and see it.

I don't know why it took J'Covan Brown, because he's one of the smartest players we've had. It takes getting out of your comfort zone. It's harder than you think. And he'd tell you it's harder than he ever thought. But he's figuring it out.

On Jordan Hamilton, (classic Barnes):

Jordan, I point-blank told him, 'The way you want to play, you're not going to be able to do that at Texas. If that's what you want, you're going to have to leave. We're not changing. If you want to play here, this is what you have to do. And you better understand it right now, or you won't play another minute this year.

Reiterating what he said in his post-game comments with Craig Way after the Nebraska win:

We thought he (Jordan Hamilton) and J'Covan (Brown) would be out there a long time ago. But I would be willing to die a slow death before I was going to give into those guys and reinforce bad habits.

On playing Dogus Balbay and Justin Mason at the same time:

And we knew at the beginning of the year if we had to play those two guys (Justin Mason and Dogus Balbay) it was going to be painful. But we also expected by this point, right now, we would be starting three freshmen. Actually, by the end of January.

I don't care what anyone says, about John Wall (of Kentucky) or anybody. Avery Bradley, Damion James, Dexter Pittman have been playing three against five. That goes back to what we're trying to build to. If we would have put those guys out there too early, we would have lost everybody. And we couldn't do that.

On outsiders second guessing personnel moves or non-moves, in this case:

You're going to take one step forward and three steps backward. And that's what people can't understand unless they are here every day.

That's why I refuse to judge other people's teams because I'm not there. It's the dynamics that go into making the big picture.

We're going to win games. That's not what we're trying to do here. We're trying to hopefully one day be the best we can be, get in the tournament, hopefully, and we can play for it.

And, finally, J'Covan Brown on taking the next step:

My job is to take over this team and get us to the national championship game. So I gotta step up and be a big player with this team.

I told Jordan (Hamilton), 'If you want to be the person that everyone thinks you are, don't worry about your offense. Your offense is always going to be there.'

I had to learn that defense, in order to win games, we have to play defense. Jordan and I had to take that big step. So that's what I talked to Jordan about most was just playing defense.

Sure, his stubborness clearly shows through here. But these quotes make me like him more, not less.