78 Total Quotes

Avery Johnson Quotes

We're not going to win a championship because some guy comes in and plays like Michael Jordan, ... We're going to win as a team. We're going to win when Dirk Nowitzki continues to move forward and Josh Howard and Erick Dampier and Jason Terry give the consistency I'm looking for.
Avery Johnson
#Sports #Basketball

Hopefully the next game. I'm hoping that if this were a playoff game, he'd be playing.
Avery Johnson
#Game

This is the nuts and bolts of the NBA season. Your body doesn't feel as good, you fight a little fatigue, you have some injuries, and nobody cares about injuries.
Avery Johnson
#Body

Dirk is playing tough. We had a stretch there where we kind of reverted back to our old selves and got jump-shot happy for six or seven possessions and I really got on them about that. But I will take this win any way we can get it.
Avery Johnson
#Kind

We obviously have been playing some pretty good basketball. We knew we were on a streak. In my mind you don't think it's ever going to come to an end. When it does it just doesn't feel good.
Avery Johnson
#Basketball

The road wasn't too friendly to us the last time. I'm already getting a bad memory. Hopefully, we'll have a better response on the road overall than the last game and give ourselves a chance to win by playing our system. But we've gone back to some basics that seem to have helped us.
Avery Johnson
#Memory

They had a great start to the game. They came out and really tried to throw a knockout punch on us. Fortunately, we were able to withstand it, come back and get our defense set and play some pretty good defense against a high-scoring team in the second, third and fourth quarters.
Avery Johnson
#Game

What they have done the first half of the year, I wouldn't have disagreed with five.
Avery Johnson
#Disagreement

We are also thrilled to promote Rolando Blackman, one of the all-time Maverick and NBA greats, who brings five years of coaching experience on the player development side, ... Ro also shares in our vision but more than anything he is very loyal. He wants to help bring a championship to Dallas.
Avery Johnson
#Nba

We thought we got our defense under us in the first half and kind of set the tone for the rest of the game. We had a little lull defensively in the third quarter, but they're a very good offensive basketball team and they weren't going to come out of the locker room lying down.
Avery Johnson
#Defense

We have guys watching all of the teams we can possibly play against, logging the miles, flying across the country. I think over-preparation is a good thing.
Avery Johnson
#Country

I'm at a loss for words on our defense. We've got to have significant improvement.
Avery Johnson
#Defense

I told the guys if they have any guts, they'll pick Southern to get out of that region.
Avery Johnson
#Guts

Stack was solid, man. Stack was energized. He was ready to play. He was right in his comfort zone tonight. That's what we need from him on both ends. Obviously, he scored a little bit, but nobody will talk about how he battled those guys on defense.
Avery Johnson
#Comfort

We had three of our top scorers shoot 12-for-40 from the field, and that won't happen many nights. We were really fortunate to win this game.
Avery Johnson
#Field

I think the Mavericks -- our team -- we've kind of forgotten who we are as basketball team and what made us successful. It wasn't shots on the offense. It wasn't holding the ball. We've kind of looked like some of our old teams with one guy pounding the ball instead of ball movement and player movement. We haven't been physical. Is that because we've been fatigued? I don't know. I know we've been a step slow. I can see that -- mentally and physically. We just need to get back to being who we are, and I think that will give us a better chance to win some of these games.
Avery Johnson
#Basketball

I thought this was a gutsy performance by our team. Cleveland really jumped out on us and put us in a big hole and our team responded in the second half. Our third quarter defense was pretty special.
Avery Johnson
#Performance

We are fortunate to get out of here with a victory. Both teams played some really awesome defense and we just couldn't get our offense in gear in the second half. This is another game that we proved to ourselves that we can win basketball games with our defense. I don't know if we would have won this game in the past. Now we are a different team.
Avery Johnson
#Defense

We've been going pretty hard in practice and in the games. It's something we like to do.
Avery Johnson
#Games

It's been a pretty fierce competition at center. If today was the first regular-season game, he would be my first center off the bench.
Avery Johnson
#Competition

In 1992, when I was out of the league waiting for a job, my dad passed away and my wife was pregnant. People will tell you, 'Oh, I never doubted for a moment.' Well, I beg to differ. I'm a man of faith, but there's a human side of you that wants to doubt.
Avery Johnson
#Dad

I thought this was our best performance of the series. We talked about playing tough, hard-nosed defense tonight to try and close this series out.
Avery Johnson
#Defense

We had some good moments of team defense, but there's nothing really to get too excited about, ... I thought the big guys really tried. They're making a conscious effort to improve.
Avery Johnson
#Defense

In my opinion, looking at that game and looking at some of our recent All-Star games, the game was much more serious. Now, they still scored a lot of points. But the games were a little bit more physical from what I can tell.
Avery Johnson
#Games

They were in sync. It really shows how great of a team sport basketball can be when you have everybody on the same page.
Avery Johnson
#Basketball

The guys were consciously trying to get him the ball. And he was hot.
Avery Johnson
#Trying

We won it with our defense, which gave me some ammunition. We didn't score much in the fourth quarter, but neither did they. To hold them to 18 points, that's the only way we could win.
Avery Johnson
#Defense

T-Mac played 26 minutes, but that was his limit. He was playing really well. I was running some plays for him, but more than me, they (rest of All-Stars) can tell what was going on, and they were trying to give him the ball. But he was hot. We were trying to give him the MVP.
Avery Johnson
#Running

I think we need to get off to better starts. The last couple games, we kind of dug ourselves a hole. You can't just turn it on in the second half.
Avery Johnson
#Games