Quotes from Ben Braun's Weekly Press Conference
Feb. 7, 2000
BERKELEY - Below are selected comments from Cal men's basketball coach Ben Braun from his weekly media luncheon. The Bears host Oregon State Thursday and Oregon Saturday, with both games starting at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Pavilion.
On Oregon State center Jason Heide, who missed the first Cal-OSU game with an injury:
He's a presence in there, and they run a lot of things through him. I think he allows (Brian) Jackson to go to a small forward. It gives them some options. They're more versatile and deeper. He's a big, strong post player.
On Cal being 3-1 on the road and 1-4 at home in the Pac-10:
Sometimes, it's about who you play. I think, in this case, it has a lot to do with it (Arizona, Stanford, for example). We've had a pretty competitive home schedule. But there are other factors to it. I haven't stopped long enough to analyze it. For us, it's about consistency. That's what we're trying to develop.
On Ryan Forehan-Kelly, who had 17 points at Oregon State last month:
I think he's certainly shown up on a lot of teams' scouting reports right now. He's playing very good basketball for us, and he's been doing it consistently. He's a good player. I thought he had another solid game Saturday (at UCLA). I know they'll be aware of him.
On Sean Lampley's four assists at UCLA:
He did a much better job of finding people in the second half. When he does that we're a better team.
On Cal winning two games last week with Lampley scoring just 19 total points:
From a team standpoint, that's a good sign. It'd be nice to have both. At least when he's not having big scoring games, I like it that he's rotating the ball. He still had a presence out there. He made things happen down the stretch of both games. He had some timely baskets for us. That's been a good sign.
On sophomore guard Dennis Gates, who scored a career-high 13 points at UCLA:
Dennis is starting to get healthy again. Mentally, he's showing some toughness. He's taking charges. He's a guy that can do that for you. He's done a better job with his shot selection. His patience is better than what it was. Dennis doesn't have to make big plays, he has to make solid plays. Taking a charge is a solid play. Finding an open man is a solid play. Knocking down an open jump shot is a solid play.