Q: Everyone's expectations for this team have sky-rocketed. How have your expectations changed from a year ago?
A: They really haven't changed at all. Expectations for us are controlling the things that we can control, coming into each day with a focus and a work ethic that's going to help us continue to grow. We understand that there's no short cut and there's no silver bullet. It's just going to be our ability to continue to push forward, stick together and understand that part of our growth as a team and as an organization is not always going to be a smooth ride. So when we hit those struggles or patches, it's not just getting through the patches but it's also getting better from going through that.
Q: As you look around the league, do you consider this team a top-five team?
A: I don't really look at it as who's a top two or three team or a top five team. I like where we are. I like the fact that we've got a group of guys who have put in more time over the summer. I like the fact that we are bringing back a group of guys that have some more experience and some more continuity. But we're going to have to do the work on the floor, and I think we're going to continue to learn what kind of team we have through how we manage adversities and how we also manage some success that we're looking to have. So at the end of the year I think we'll have the answers to those types of questions.
Q: You've added more talent to the returning nine-man rotation. Does that make coach Scott Brooks' job tougher or easier in your mind?
A: I think for him, he's always going to want to have as many options as he can. We certainly like the group that we have. But he's going to have to make decisions as to who he feels can help him win on a nightly basis, how he wants to continue to develop the roster so that we're playing our best basketball as the season progresses. But I've got a tremendous amount of confidence in him and how he approaches his job and also how he feels about the organization and what we're trying to accomplish. But as we know you can't play everybody. We're going to have to have people understand and accept roles. That's another part of developing an elite franchise, an elite team. But I'm confident that he'll be able to do that.