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Russell's never been like, Hey I want the ball, give me the ball.' He's never been that way. He's always trying to figure out what's best for the team and I've always admired that and respect that as a coach.feedback
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Oct 13 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Billy Donovan is associated, including Russell, NIT, and game. Most recently, Billy Donovan has been quoted saying: “Last year being with Russell and how good he was closing out games, Carmelo's been a close-out guy the places he's been, the same thing with Paul, but any time you have a team you have to do it by finding the open man. Clearly for us last year somebody creating and generating a shot for himself or someone else it was Russell, but obviously now with Carmelo and Paul being here I think it's about making the right play and right decision.” in the article Why OKC could have a crunch-time conundrum on its hands.
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Apr 15 2017

I think it's really hard for a player that puts it on the line the way he does every single possession, to play 12 or 14 straight minutes. That's hard. Not saying he wouldn't want to do it, or give everything he has if he had to do it, but I think being mindful of how many consecutive minutes he's played is important.feedback

Apr 15 2017

Yes, I do see his minutes going up in the playoffs. But I see a lot of our guy's minutes potentially going up. This time of year because you're not in back-to-back situations, but you're going to play at the earliest every other day, there's more rest time in the playoffs. The playoff schedule is different and because of that there's a way where through the rest he is able to play more minutes and I think most players minutes probably do go up.feedback

Apr 15 2017

The medical staff does a great job with all his data throughout his entire career, how many minutes he's played, all those kind of things. And you also want to help him in his minutes, putting him in a position where he can be an efficient and effective player. Thirty-five, thirty-four, thirty-six minutes, somewhere in that range we felt like was a really good number, just based on the medical staff looking back on his career.feedback

Apr 11 2017

I mean, he wants to play. I think he understands big picture. We have two games left. We know what we're doing in the playoffs and who we're playing against. I think he knows this is good for him. This is good for him physically. This is good for him to get a rest and have some time to make some decisions on tomorrow's game with what we're going to do with him. He's a competitor, he wants to play, but he also knows there's something bigger out there. I think taking this time is important.feedback

Apr 11 2017

He's been unbelievable the way he's played, the way he's led. Sitting down and talking to him, talking to the medical staff, this was an opportunity [to rest him], but at the end of the day it's his decision of how he feels and trying to capitalize on maybe taking a day off, a game off, and I get that. Ultimately, he's going to be the one who's going to make that decision. ... At the end of the day, he was the one who also really felt that, OK, this would be a good day. I think myself and our medical staff really agreed with him that this would be a good opportunity to get some rest.feedback

Apr 09 2017

This is the way he's played all year long.feedback

Apr 08 2017

I've seen enough miraculous things this year: At Dallas, at Orlando and some other places. You know? And I thought about taking him out. I think there was maybe a stoppage of play around 3:45, 3:40, somewhere around that point. And I just said, you know what? He gets hot from 3-point line, something happens, we make a couple shots, get a couple stops. And then at that point, around 2:35, 2:40, I actually thought about calling a timeout on the play he got fouled to get him out. But just wanna give him and our team every opportunity to try to have a chance to win.feedback

Apr 08 2017

No, I wasn't trying to get him a triple-double.feedback

Apr 08 2017

No, I wasn't trying for the triple-double. I've seen enough miraculous things this year – at Dallas and Orlando – and I thought about taking him out at the stoppage of play around 3:40, 3:45. I just said, you know what, he gets hot around the 3-point line, we make a couple of shots. ... I just wanted to give our team every opportunity.feedback

Apr 06 2017

For what Oscar Robertson did back in the '60s, for that to stand as long as it has, I think really shows how difficult something like that is. And I think for Russell, he's a unique talent that he gets an opportunity every night because of his ability to impact the game in a lot of different ways. Once the regular season ends and the playoffs start, it's not a topic of conversation anymore. So there's only six more days of this.feedback

Apr 06 2017

With our team, we are just wanting to do what we need to play better. Once the regular season ends and the playoffs start, it's not a topic of conversation anymore. So, there's only about six more days of this.feedback

Apr 05 2017

It's historic. If what he's doing wasn't so difficult we'd have a lot more people being able to do it. So I think it speaks to his ability to impact games in so many different ways, whether that's scoring, rebounding or assists. He can do it in a variety of ways. I think he's a very unique player, a player that maybe the league hasn't seen in quite some time because of what he can do in between the lines. So there's no question what he's done is remarkable.feedback

Apr 04 2017

The other part that's been really positive too is, when that's happened, our team has won. I'm not saying all the time, but clearly he's impacting the game with his rebounding, assists and scoring. It has helped our team, and I think the record speaks for itself.feedback

Apr 04 2017

I do really feel like tonight was a team moment, too. Obviously Russell was the one that scored and assisted and rebounded, no question, but you have to be part of a team for that to happen. And that was the really great part too. I think Russell was really humbled and the guys were great and the fans were awesome.feedback

Mar 30 2017

Russell was spectacular coming down the stretch and the way he closed the game. Overall, it's just incredible what he's doing now. He played an exceptional second half again. He just has an incredible competitive spirit.feedback

Mar 30 2017

Overall, it's incredible what he is doing.feedback

Mar 29 2017

I always say this about him, he never believes he is out of it or we're out of it.feedback

Mar 11 2017

They are historic numbers you are talking about – Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson – two of the greatest players to play the game. They are impactful in the game. And I think that when Russell's career is done, whenever that time is, he is a guy that you are going to look at and say that what he's done throughout his career is historic.feedback

Mar 09 2017

This guy, singlehandedly, regardless of what's happened to our team in terms of players going in or out, has given us opportunities every single night. And his leadership in terms of what he's trying to do to inspire the team, lead the team, to do the things that go into winning, is remarkable.feedback

Feb 01 2017

In the third quarter, we took the lead but we needed more sustainability -- we did what we wanted to do, but we just didn't do it for long enough. There were some positive things we can take from this game but with our margin for error we can't have a lapse for a half or a bunch of turnovers that are difficult to overcome.feedback

Jan 29 2017

It was one of those games.feedback

Jan 29 2017

Russell's seen every imaginable defense. He had some good looks, both in deep and in the free-throw line area. He had some 3s. It was a game where maybe shots didn't go down for him, but I didn't feel he was laboring to get shots off or he was having a difficult time getting to the rim.feedback

Jan 29 2017

He understands he's part of a team and he's always wanted to be part of a team. He's one of the league leaders in assists. He generates a lot offense for other guys. He gets in there and helps rebound in the frontcourt. He's found that balance.feedback

Jan 29 2017

We beat him in the NIT. I think. That was 30 years ago.feedback

Jan 26 2017

I could tell in the timeout that he felt like he was getting ready to kind of explode, to be honest with you.feedback

Jan 26 2017

There's no question in my mind that he should be starting. However, I understand that there's certain things that have to do with who does start. I'm not taking anything away from anybody who is starting, but ... Russell, in my opinion, should be starting.feedback

Jan 17 2017

We didn't move the ball and we were stagnant. We gave them opportunities. We weren't ready to play.feedback

Jan 17 2017

When you have the ball in (Westbrook's) hands a lot he's going to have the opportunity to put up huge numbers.feedback

Dec 27 2016

They see the numbers and what he does in games. They don't get a chance to see behind the scenes. The one thing I admire about him is he practices every single day. He has great energy every single day. He comes to every shootaround and he practices. He puts the time in and that's the reason why he's as successful as he is.feedback

Dec 05 2016

Obviously, the league hasn't seen something like this in a long, long time.feedback

Dec 05 2016

All I had to do was watch one AAU game and then I stopped recruiting him immediately.feedback

Nov 03 2016

He's been great. Just being around him and seeing his commitment to his teammates, his leadership and his competitive fire rubbing off on his teammates, it's been great to watch. What he's doing statistically is amazing, but as a coach, I've been impressed with his leadership.feedback

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