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Cal-Homboldt State Postgame Quotes

Postgame Quotes
By Cal Athletics on Thu, October 31, 2013

California Head Coach Mike Montgomery


On the game

“We’ve got a lot of work to do. There’s no question. We’ve got a lot of little things. We’ve got eight new players out there and frankly some of them get nervous. Jordan [Mathews] ended up shooting the ball well but he struggled early even though he was shooting it well in practice. Sam [Singer], there’s no way Sam should go 1-for-7 from the line, he’s a much better shooter than that. We didn’t play anybody more than 20 minutes. If you look at the numbers of Richard [Solomon] and David [Kravish] they were about 11 and 9 or 11 and 8 and if they played full minutes it would be a different deal. The objective of this is to look at some guys and get some guys experience with the lights on and see how they’re going to react. We played 14 guys with decent minutes. The next time, we should be better. The freshmen are going to get better as they get more experience. One of the biggest things is going to be to adjust to the way the officials call the game based on a mandate around the hand check. I think that’s going to be a big thing for everybody. I think that the officials and the players are going to have to figure out how to do that. We’ve just got to figure it out. We’ve got to know what to do and how to do it. People are going to have different interpretations early on and I think it’s going to be a little painful for everybody.”


On the freshmen

“Some of them are going to have to be major-minutes guys or major contributors as time goes on. Some of those kids are going to be our better shooters but they’re also going to make some mistakes defensively that a veteran kid might not make. We expect that. We’re short a big. Kameron [Rooks] can come in some if there’s another real big guy he can play against. He’s going to have trouble chasing smaller players around.”


On Jordan Mathews

“He’s been our best shooter in practice. He’s been the one guy who has consistently shot the ball game in and game out. He’s a natural scorer and he doesn’t have a conscience. He missed a couple early and it kind of surprises you a little bit. But then he makes the first one and it felt like he’d make every one. Jabari [Bird] is still getting his feet wet but he is certainly a spectacular athlete who is going to be really good and make plays.”

“The gun is always loaded with Jordan. He’s been a guy who can really shoot the ball. He’ll thrive because he’s ready to shoot. He knows how to get his shoulders square to the basket and shoot it. That’s one thing that others are still trying to figure out. Coming away from the basket is not natural for a lot of kids who have not done much of that. He just knows how to get his shoulders square and shoot the ball.”

On the team mentality

“What I’m challenging them to do is play hard. I think that, as a group, the freshmen have a no-baggage approach. They just play. I’m trying to say to them that we’ve got to have standard for how we play the game. There will be times that we play as hard as we can that we don’t win. We can’t pick and choose when we want to play hard. I think we’re a ways away from that mentality, but that’s what we’re trying to do is come in with that thought process in mind.”


California Players


Freshman Jabari Bird

On playing at Haas tonight:

“It was a great experience. I’ve played here before in high school, so I kind of knew what to expect. But when I put on the Golden Bears uniform, it was a totally different experience for me and I enjoyed it.”

On whether streaky-scoring is his style:

“At times, but I like to score in bunches, to get my team going, and get the energy going. That’s what I kind of did in the later part of the first half.”

On the freshman class:

“I have high hopes for our freshman class. I really like everybody in our class, we have a great group of guys, and we all work hard. We’re just trying to come in this year and contribute, make some noise.”

On what got him into his rhythm:

“Honestly it was a dive on the floor for a loose ball that got me going, got my energy up, got me into the game a little bit more, and got me an assist to Richard…so that got me pumped up. The free throw definitely helped my rhythm shooting-wise.”

On his family at the game:

“My whole family was here. Mom, dad, sister, girlfriend, and her family too.”

On scoring in same building as his father:

“I think it’s kind of funny that so many years ago he was in a similar position doing something I wanted to do…and that’s pretty much going out there every day and being a scorer for the Golden Bears.”

On positives taken as a team:

“Positives, we played really hard in the first half. Negatives we got really sloppy, that’s expected we’re a young team, but we’ll get back in the gym and fix it.”


Freshman Jordan Mathews

On his shooting and the type of player he’ll be for Cal:

“That’s one of the things I definitely take pride in. The coaches encourage me and tell me to take open shots, and that’s how I’m going to contribute to our team this year. So if that’s what I have to do to help us win, then I’ll definitely do that.”

On his dad’s attendance at the game:

“I think he thought I played decent. He’s a coach so he’ll always have something to improve on. Its just exhibition, not even our first game, so he’ll just help me out…we’ll go to the tape, watch it, and just improve from it.”


On positives taken as a team:

“Positives are we don’t have a cool mentality, we come out and the whole team generally knows to win you have to play hard, so it was a good tune-up for us. Once the season starts we can’t ease into the games, but we’ll get our feet under us and we’ll be fine because like Jabari said we’re a pretty young group of guys.”


Humboldt State Head Coach Steve Kinder


On the game

“This was a great learning experience for our program, as a Division II program in California, to be able to play in this environment with this professionalism as far as staff, players, and coaches. It is a real test for us, something that we are really proud of. We thought we represented our school well today and we were very fortunate to have the opportunity.

“We’d like to thank the administration here at Cal as well as the coaches for the invitation and would to come back someday. We think that Cal is going to have a great year this year and we will be watching them for the rest of the year and hopefully through the tournament to be, what everyone is striving for, National Champions.”




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