GLASTONBURY – Had the chance to speak to Kevin Ollie before he hit the links for his annual golf classic. Here are highlights of his 13-minute conversation with reporters:
New year, new team:
“It’s always a change. It was a change my first two years. Last year’s team was different from the team before. But it’s always a difference in make-up, how the guys are going to react to o ne another. But one thing, our our principles are not going to change. That’s not going to change, you’re either going to buy in, or you’re going to find yourself somewhere that you don’t really like. We’re going to buy in, but we’re going to adjust, it’s not just something that’s in a box and you’re going to take it out every year, it’s something that’s able to adjust and I’m able to do that.
But our principles are not going to change. We’re going to work hard, we’re going to share the basketball, we’re going to play fast. Hopefully we can do some things we didn’t do [well] last year a little bit better, and continue to do some of the things we did well – free throw shooting, low turnovers. Continue to have those small things we did, hold onto dearly.”
“… It’s going to be tough. I don’t run an easy practice and these guys have to be ready mentally and physically to endure it. That was one of our big hallmarks last year. We weren’t the strongest team, we weren’t the fastest team but we were a team that could endure the most, and was able to bounce back. The disadvantages, losing by 33 at the end of the season, getting down in different games, we always had a comeback in us. And I think that happened because we worked so hard in the offseason. That’s our motto here, ‘out-will, out-match all our opponents.’ That comes with just working in the summer time, and the effort. When you feel like giving up, it’s no, you’ve got to keep going. That’s what resonated with our team last year and we’re going to keep that same motto.” Continue reading