It wasn't pretty but it got the job done. Here's some of my quick thoughts recorded forever on the YouTube along with postgame video from Steve Nash and Grant Hill.
Apologies for the way the video looks. Chalk that up to user error. With all this equipment and stuff I'm like one of those monkeys trying to play a drum and dance at the same time and doing neither well.
Postgame quotes from Gentry, Nash, Hill and Rubio after the jump for those who want to read instead of watch.
- "He was great. Grant is so tough and gives you so much energy and passion and leadership, let alone his formidable skill on both ends of the court. He was great and we needed every bit of him tonight," Nash said about Hill.
- "It was rebounding and it was trying to play without fouling. I think that you have to adapt. When officials are calling it close, you can't be as physical. We have to do a better job in the first half of reading how the officials are calling the game. Once we did adjust and adapt we came out and had good energy," Hill said.
- "We had depth off the bench. I thought Shannon (Brown) was great, I thought Robin (Lopez) was big. That's how we have to play. Play hard, play together, use our depth and fight for 48 minutes," Hill said.
- "I thought we played well, we did a really good job. I was probably most proud of the way we handled the rebound. They still ended up with 16 (offensive) rebounds and a couple of them just took bad bounces and we couldn't get our hands on (them)," Gentry said
- "The starters played well. Grant (Hill) was really exceptional. The bench played well. Shannon Brown did a good job for us. Sebastian (Telfair) did a good job. Markieff did a good job defensively and staying in front of guys," Gentry said.
- "He's one of the best players ever and you always try to be close to them. He knows how to play, he's smart and like I said, he's one of the best ever. He knows how to control the game and he passes very well, which option he has to find for the team and he just runs it and does it," Rubio said about Nash.
- "It was great to play against him and see first hand what type of player he is. He definitely lives up to billing. Very, very good player, clever, and plays with a great energy," Nash said about Rubio.
And for you UA Wildcat / Derrick Williams fans, we caught up with him before the game too:
Derrick Williams Talks Arizona Wildcats And His Impact On The Program - SB Nation Arizona
Maybe everything would have worked out in a few seasons, but few players can impact a program in two years the way the once-unranked lanky kid out of La Mirada High School did. He gave everything he had to Sean Miller and his teammates and it paid off for all parties involved.