"You never have to worry about him throwing you under the bus to the media," 17-year veteran Clifford Robinson said. "He'll tell you what he thinks to your face, but he's totally got your back."
"I think he gives guys the freedom to express themselves or go out there and try something," Jason Kidd said. "If it fails, he's not going to point you out and say it was your idea, not his. He'll take the blame. And I think that shows he's with us, win or lose."
"He's the perfect coach for this team. You couldn't ask for a better situation," Kidd said. "He's always prepared, he pays great attention to detail. And he's a worker, a workaholic."