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Rollin Wit Da Homies
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Taken from Andy Katz's most recent article on Stanford's incredible winning:

But what has Stanford believing this season could be as special as its '98 Final Four campaign is the team's attitude. Childress didn't demand to be in the starting lineup with Nick Robinson playing well in his place. Montgomery does admit getting Childress more scoring opportunities will become a priority as the season progresses, but Robinson was so "user friendly" that he wasn't in a hurry to mess with the offense until Childress was ready to contribute on a regular basis.

It's this type of unselfishness on the part of Childress, and then Robinson once Childress moved into the starting five, that gives Stanford's staff and every player confidence that the Cardinal can make it to San Antonio.

What Childress did by not demanding more minutes, "makes everybody else way more accepting," Montgomery said. "The feeling was that if Josh can be that way then, 'What am I complaining about?'"

What we're really talking about is team chemistry. Some is genuine. Some is not.

Stanford's is genuine. The Cardinal enjoys being around each other. And before it won a single game, it was evident when we saw it first-hand back in October. The players enjoy hanging out with each other in the locker room, the lounge and apparently after practice. There is real friendship on this team.

Winning has certainly perpetuated the feeling, but it also helps that the key players -- and even to some extent Childress -- are all young men who are trying to overcome deficiencies, or out to prove something.

I know that this kind of stuff is difficult to see on a pro team, with all the money floating around, the endorsements, the egos... but it's in college where good team habits are developed, where guys DON'T have that stuff to worry about and can find some serious purity in the game.

Jamal didn't really get that. His time at Michigan was too short, and plagued with stuff.

Tyson and Eddy didn't get that. Both of them WERE the entire team; they never really had to learn how to be a part of a team. Chandler's game suits the team mentality by it's nature, crashing boards and playing stiff defense, but as far as off the court chemistry and learning how to be unselfish, they just never learned it. That's what Gill and Pippen and these guys are talking about, that sense that the youngsters can't relate to.

Hinrich DID get that. He was a star, but not the only star. He was a cog in a machine, well-coached and part of a real team.

I firmly believe that it's not the talent that we're missing on this roster, even when Curry was INJURED, even when it was basically just the Hinrich/Crawford show. Why?

In the last seven games since Kobe has been injured, the Lakers have gone 3-4 in the West. They did lose to some of the best teams, like Sacramento, Dallas, and the hot-streaking Memphis, but they won the games they should have won, against Cleveland and the Clips, and even overcame the Nuggets, who are a force to be reckoned with.

Payton was the only star player, and in looking at the box scores, he wasn't in there taking over the team.

It was the likes of Devean George, Stan Medvedenko, Horace Grant, Derek Fisher, Brian Cook, Jamal Sampson, and Kareem Rush that jumped in and started playing their hearts out.

These guys understand what it is to be on a team to be young men trying to overcome deficiencies or out to prove something.

If those guys can win, then we should be able to win against Washington and Atlanta.

It's the chemistry, and our guys not only don't have it, but the youngsters don't even UNDERSTAND what it is. They've never experienced it.
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