Romar Press Conference Quotes

March 1, 2005 Press Conference

Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar

On possible letdown after Arizona win: 'I think our guys understand. It has come up now for about a year and a half. `Are you guys going to take this game seriously? Is there going to be a letdown from the other game?' Our guys have usually done a good job of responding to the next game. If history repeats itself for this team, we should be up for the games.'

On looking ahead: 'I'm not going to say that we encourage to look ahead, but I think you sometimes need to look ahead to provide motivation for the present. `If we do this, this has the potential to happen.' I don't have any problem with giving a scenario to our guys that this is what we have to look forward to if we work our tails off. I think to overlook the current because you can't wait for the future, there's danger there. I think the kids read your body language. They read the coaches' body language at practice. If everything is fine and dandy and we're going to the tournament, I think that's when you're in danger. You have to understand the importance of each drill today. Every pass we make is crucial. The intensity we have in practice has to be that of a game.'

On Cal's recent struggles: 'I'm not sure because they went down to LA and beat UCLA in UCLA and they were like a machine that day. That was several weeks ago, but it's hard to explain what the issue is there and why they have not won as many games as of late. I know they played us very tough. We got out and got a lead on them and they came back and made that game very close and that's all we can go on is how they played against us. We beat Oregon State by 40 here and lost by 17 there, so we can't take anything for granted.'

On how team didn't falter with injuries: 'My theory is that you have to get worse to get better when somebody comes back because you have established a certain flow to the way that you've been playing. There are substitution patterns and guys are expecting those minutes and when you change that up it takes a game or two to get back into that rhythm. With our team, when you look at the guys who have been out, mainly Brandon Roy, if you're playing a fast-paced game, Brandon Roy fits in, if you're playing a half-court game, he fits in. If he's playing the point he fits in, if he's playing the wing, he fits in. He's so adaptable that you don't have to take a couple steps back with him.'

On other players stepping up when Roy was out: 'In Brandon's absence, it allowed Joel (Smith) to step up and get more time and he was able to help us. It allowed Tre (Simmons) to become more of a focal point to where now, everyone is back, but Tre is still a focal point. In our case, it was able to work out that way. Some other teams, some other situations, are teams that are maybe dominated by one guy offensively. You change a little bit when those guys are gone because somebody has to score, but when that guy comes back it's hard for the guy who came to the forefront to go back and assume his prior role. I don't think that has been the case with our team. Our guys are able to mix and match and fit in where needed. I also think it has to do with the unselfish nature of our group.'

On how to motivate players for final the two regular season games: 'At this point in the year, we're playing for a Pac-10 title. I don't care what the circumstances are. We have two games to win. I don't know how much [the coaches] have to say. We have to win these two games so I don't know how you could possibly take any game for granted. You have to bring it. This is for all the marbles here, for the Pac-10 championship.'

On seeding for Pac-10 Tournament: 'In terms of the Pac-10 Tournament and how it relates to us, I don't know how important the seeding is because I think the match-ups are more important. You could be seeded third and play the sixth seed and that happens to be the team you match-up with the best, as opposed to you getting the one seed and playing a team that everyone else has beat up on, but they're a nightmare for you to play. You can talk about bragging rights, but in terms of actually getting the best draw for your opponents, I'm not sure what is best. UCLA finished seventh last year, but they swept us and it just so happened last year that Arizona was the three seed, but we had swept them. So, what's the most important match-up?'

On wining on the road: 'If you're a great, great team, you may go undefeated and beat everybody at home and on the road. We were 5-4 last year on the road and this year we're 4-3. Splitting on the road, most people will live with that. If you can have a winning record on the road, I think that's pretty good. Right now we have a winning record on the road. I don't know if it is problems on our end so much as that when you're at home you play better. With the crowd that we have here and the comfort level and the familiarity, I think we probably play at a higher level at home. When you go on the road you're not necessarily worse, but the team you're playing is playing at a higher level, so they'll play better than they did when they played you at home. That's why it's hard to win on the road in any conference in America.'

On appreciating season's accomplishments: 'When you're in a war, people are shooting at you and you don't know who's behind you. When it's all said and done then you can sit back and relax. The best is a one o'clock game on Saturday and you win and then there's games on all day and you can sit with your family and enjoy it. Then Sunday comes and you have to get ready for the next game. You can't take two or three days and bask in victory, but you feel a lot better than when you're 0-5.'

On team mentality and Pac-10 Player of the Year: 'If you take [the team] element away from us, we're not contending for a championship this year. Our team is always good together - it's not good individually. A lot of guys deserve credit when you're doing it together. You have to look at Will Conroy, you have to look at Tre Simmons and Nate Robinson. I think if you look at the past 10 or 15 years, the player of the year in the conference most of the time has not come from the winner. I would like to think that one of our guys is the player of the year, no question. We're undersized, there are some things that we don't have going for us, and yet, we have a chance to win the league. So somebody needs to be credited because they've done a great, great job. I'd have to think that [the player of the year] is Ike (Diogu), but if Ike were not so dominant, then I'd have to go with one of our guys.'

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