“It’s almost like the NCAA Tournament or conference tournament all over again."
RIP Zeke Upshaw 1991-2018.
“It means a lot because I see how hard the staff works and how hard the coaches work. It’s just good to win and give them recognition that way. They deserve the success that we can show on the court.”
"...here with Coach Mac, he’s putting me in a position to display the shot and show I have that ability.”
"...everybody has bought into the system. Everybody wants the same thing. We all want to win.”
“I’m not about stats,” Avila conceded. “I’m all about wins. But if they stack up like that..."
“They’ve been with me for the last two years. They know me. They definitely hold a special place in my heart. I’m happy that they get to see me finally get called up.”
"I just try to fill whatever role is needed of me."
I feel like I’ve always gone under the radar. I feel like I’ve been underrated my whole life...that’s what drives me
"With Mot, he’s one of the best players in the league, he makes my life easier and makes everyone’s life easier.” - Jameel Warney
“When that guy gets called up, it’s going to be one of the greatest days of my life.”
“The Texas Legends are my family. I hold this organization well in my heart. I go out everyday and try to play for this organization and play for the people in this organization because I love them dearly and they love me. That helps me everyday to know I’m one of the best players in the league and keep going.”
"... I think I sometimes catch the other team off guard with some of the things I can do.” - J.J. Avila
“It felt like I was doing everything not to get it,” he joked after the win. “It’s about time.
“I think it’s probably the best thing that’s happened to me in my life..."
“It reminds me of AAU,” Sloan laughed.
“It’s great. Like everybody else, (he) didn’t really know how good the players are in this league. We’re hungry. He had the up close and personal seat this summer, having G League players on his team. He has the respect and admiration of the G League and it shows how the league has improved and that it’s one of the best leagues in the world.”
...Collinsworth stepped back into his old Legends shoes of stuffing the stat sheet.
Even if it was off the bench, he laughs. “I come off the bench with the Mavs, so it wasn’t too new for me since I’ve been doing that the past five weeks.”
“Any chance you get to be the team looked at as number one...you put yourself in a position to...have people look at you more. It’s been a while since the team has been number one so to be a part of that is something special.”
Clearly, it was the good kind.