In the fourth addition of our new feature, we look back at the last week in the BBL and bring you the best and most memorable quotes. This could be from the club themselves, players, pundits or coaches.
This is now a regular feature on BBLFans, so let us know if you have heard some interesting thoughts from someone so they can feature here next time.
This week, Newcastle skipper Andrew Bridge criticises two-leg Basketball, Paul Williams bemoans the BBL Trophy defeat and Rob Paternostro isn’t happy with his team’s schedule!
“It was testy, but respectful. It didn’t get out of hand. We weren’t talking about violence which you get in other sports. It just all added to the atmosphere, which was intense.” Newcastle Eagles coach Fab Flournoy discusses the atmosphere at the BBL Trophy Final
“We felt we deserved it because we are a good team and we really felt we deserved to beat them in that game. For it to slip away like that bothered us.” Plymouth Raiders’ Paul Williams feels his team were hard done by in the BBL Trophy Final against the Eagles
“We are playing two teams who have both had very good seasons, I’ve been impressed with both of them. We are playing pretty good transition basketball at the moment, too, and we hope that continues.” Leicester Riders coach Rob Paternostro speaks ahead of a tough weekend against Worcester Wolves and Plymouth Raiders
“Last time we played them we only played for the first-half of the game and failed to react positively when we needed to in the second-half. We must focus for the full 40 minutes this time around.” – Worcester coach Paul James wants his team on the ball for the Leicester game
“I don’t think we have had a bigger game all season that what this Cheshire game is going to be. This is the first of what will be many cup finals for us.” Guildford Heat coach Creon Raftopoulos talks up Sunday’s clash with the Cheshire Jets
“I don’t think I’ll ever like two-leg basketball, but it was nice to win it at home. The atmosphere was amazing, and outside big games in Greece etc, you’d struggle to find a better atmosphere in European basketball.” Newcastle Eagles skipper Andrew Bridge has mixed views on two-leg basketball
“We have to play eight games in 23 days when other teams only have to play three or four. That just doesn’t seem fair whatever way you look at it.” Leicester coach Paternostro is concerned with his team’s schedule
“We’ve had everything you can deal with, especially the last few weeks when we’ve been playing without guards. That’s been really tough. But I still think we can turn some of these games into wins.” – Glasgow Rocks coach Sterling Davis knows things have tough, but he still wants more from his team
We have also researched the best Tweets about the BBL this week, once again, let us know your suggestions to include next week by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
“Keep your nominations for #theBBL MVP coming over the weekend – we’ll make a shortlist and run a fans’ vote next week!” @BBLofficial want your votes, who are you backing for MVP?
“I’m having the urge to drive down to #Plymouth on Sunday to watch the @ridersbball in #theBBL and drive back to Leicester…should I do it? Do it @dpmurdock!
“Congratulations on ‘another’ trophy win at the weekend guys :)@joechap32 @boycanball22 @PrinceCSmith10 @born2ball13#thebbl” @KB_GST is happy with the Newcastle Eagles after their BBL Trophy win