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Kevin Ollie: Kobe Bryant still elite player

Compiled by Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, Modified: April 27, 2010 at 4:45 am •  Published: April 27, 2010
They did what they’re supposed to do. We’ve done what we’re supposed to do. Now we have to win one in LA. That’s a tough task. But I believe we can do it if we continue to have the mindset of playing good defense and playing selfless, understanding you have to get lost in the team, that the reward is in the effort. If we continue doing those things, not wavering if they go on a 10-0 run, I think we’ll be OK.”

What are the differences between this team built around Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and that 2001 Sixers team built around Allen Iverson?

"We had a veteran team. We had Aaron McKie. We had Eric Snow, George Lynch, Dikembe Mutombo. This (Thunder) team is young. And Durant is young, too. It’s a totally different team.”

Are there any similarities to that 2001 Sixers team?

"Both teams play hard every possession. We defended wonderfully like this team does. And we were well-coached with Larry Brown and his staff like this team is well coached.”

Does Scott Brooks remind you of any other coach?

"He reminds me of Maurice Cheeks, which is why they’re a good tandem. They’re both calm under pressure. When Maurice Cheeks spoke, he talked about playing with heart, playing with toughness, execution. That’s what Coach Brooks does. They keep a level head. There’s not a lot of screaming or yelling. But they’ll give you that face where they mean it’s time to get down to business. They’re both point guards who led by example.”


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