Brief

On Butch Carter, former Raptors coach

"Butch is probably one of the best coaches, as far as Xs and Os, that I've been around. I'd put him up there with Pat Riley. He knows the game. Unfortunately, some things happened. But I think he can come back in this league and be a great coach. People learn from their mistakes. That's what the NBA needs ... they need coaches like Butch Carter. He had game plans. He'd be great for Cleveland. LeBron, if he's a 10 now, his game would go up two or three levels. Look what Butch did for Vince Carter."

On Vince Carter's early success in Toronto

"It was all Butch. Butch got in his ear and told him, 'Do you know what you have with you? You've got some guys who care for you and are going to look out for you.' Me, Antonio (Davis), Kevin (Willis), we said, 'Hey, Vince, we got your back.' Vince would have never excelled the way he did if it wasn't for Butch and some of the guys on the team, because we kept pushing him. We said, 'You're better ... shoot as much as you want. We rebound. We set the picks. We keep guys off of you. They hit you, we're gonna hit one of them. It's like baseball. That was my attitude - if you're my teammate, you've got nothing to worry about."

On advice he'd give Jay Triano

"I would make (the Raptors ) do defensive drills before practice and the last 10 minutes of practice. And they'll start playing defence. It's a mindset. You don't just say, 'We don't have guys who defend.' You do the drills and make 'em defend. That's how you get better. You can be slow, but it's about effort."

On today's Raptors

"You ain't going nowhere with 7-footers shooting three-pointers. You can't put four or five scorers on the floor at one time. You can, but you ain't going nowhere. You got four or five scorers on the floor, ain't enough shots in a game, in a quarter, for everybody to be consistent. You need your two scorers, outside threat and a post-up threat. You need your sixth man who can score. You need another guy that can just be an all-around energy guy, and you need another guy who can just, you know, play Basketball."


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Added: November 4, 2009