Please note that [head coach Doc Rivers] does not allow his assistant coaches to do interviews, a quirk in the league’s most personable head coach owing to some sort of “one voice” strategy. But he lifted the embargo on Ray for this story, because this is a big, fat anniversary year of something special for the man, and a fellow who often got overlooked back then shouldn’t get overlooked again.
[Al Attles], the Warriors coach, has a fondness for that group behind the hardware it won. “Every coach should have at least one team like that,” he said Friday in a phone interview. “They reminded people of a college team. We had that kind of camaraderie. Nobody was concerned about who did what. All they wanted was to win.”
Said Attles: “Rick was one of those players with an unwavering need to succeed. What they do goes against the grain sometimes of people.”
Ray, relatively new to Barry but clicking with him off the court as well as on, asked Attles and assistant Joe Roberts if he could hold a meeting. “They all looked up to me for some reason and I was the new guy,” Ray said. “I figured I might as well speak my mind. So I asked each one of them, ‘Can anyone in this room average 30 to 40 points a night, other than this man right here?’ Of course nobody could raise their hand. ‘So if you come in here and he’s sitting up on the [trainer's table] reading the paper, maybe because he needed the rest, why would you think he thinks he’s better than you, when he’s doing for you every single night?’
Read the whole article: NBA.com: Clifford Ray: Big man 35 years ago, big man now
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