Lute Olson Press Conference Quotes

Jan. 2, 2004

Opening Statement:
Yes, we expect ASU to play zone on Saturday. They have played both a 2-3 and a 3-2 (zone defense). I'm very confident in our ability to attack it. You're not going to see a time all season where you will have a repeat of (Salim) Stoudamire 0-for-6 and (Chris) Rodgers 2-for-8. Those guys are really good shooters. I don't think in the end that people playing a zone will be an effective tool against us. As of right now, I'd be shocked if they don't come out in a zone because of the miserable shooting we had on Tuesday.

Ivan (Radenovic) has only had four or five practices, and one of the things we didn't get a lot of time with him on was the zone. But he's going to be a very effective player against the zone because you've got to guard him when he steps out.

Channing (Frye) has to be more active when they are jamming him inside because he is a good outside shooter. He should have come out and set some screens on the wings and rolled out and given himself some opportunities to score from outside.

Generally speaking, zone offense develops slower than anything else, especially when we've played hardly any zone this season.

Will Channing Frye get some extra motivation from Saturday's game?
First of all, he's playing against a guy (ASU's Ike Diogu) that's been a preseason first-team All-American and a guy who is looked at as the best big guy in the league, so Channing has a lot of motivation. The thing we don't want him to do is to take it personally. This is about their team against our team. I think he will play very well.

What is your assessment of Arizona State?
They are playing hard. They really get out and harass the ball. They are very aggressive defensively and on the boards. They are the best offensive rebounding teams that we've played to this point of the season. They've had 27 rebounds in the last two games. The boards will be an important part of the game.

What about Stevie Moore?
He's a good player. He's quick. He's really helped them. He's second only to Diogu in terms of scoring.

How do you feel about opening with Arizona State?
It's good. It doesn't make a difference who you start with. But the fact that it's ASU makes it a big game for both of us. I like the fact that we're playing them first because we don't have to fit in two games in this short period of time.

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