Scott Skiles Quotes

Scott Allen Skiles Sr. (born March 5, 1964) is an American basketball coach and former player. He most recently served as the head coach of the Orlando Magic. He also coached the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls, and Milwaukee Bucks. A first-round draft pick out of Michigan State University, Skiles played ten seasons as a point guard in the NBA. He holds the NBA record for assists in one game with 30, set in his fifth season in the league and second with Orlando, in which he also earned the 1990–91 NBA Most Improved Player Award.

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Scott Skiles


I don't know how satisfied you can be when we still have a losing record. We feel like we're definitely playing better. The reality is we're about to find out. Our toughest West Coast trip is normally the circus trip in November. This year, they're flip-flopped. We did well on the first West Coast trip 3-3. Now, this is a big one. All these teams Dallas, New Orleans, Phoenix, Utah, Denver, Sacramento and the Los Angeles Clippers are quality teams. Each team is really playing well. It's going to be a big challenge for us.

Scott Skiles


“He [Allen] was examined here and taken somewhere else to be examined.”

Scott Skiles


“We had some great moments and we had some shaky moments. I'm certainly happy to have the win, and we had some guys that played well. Then when it got tight, we had enough big plays to hold them off.”

Scott Skiles


“We made him miss twice in critical moments. We just leaked out and they came right back and got perimeter rebounds on us. You can't do that.”

Scott Skiles


“But we've all made spur-of-the-moment decisions that maybe we look back on and wish we hadn't made.”

Scott Skiles


“Ben is one of the most unique players I've seen. It is uncanny how one moment he is out there and not having a good game, then all of a sudden he just starts throwing in shots.”

Scott Skiles


“We just couldn't stop him in key moments.”

Scott Skiles


“I just read a couple of [Raptors coach] Sam Mitchell quotes that sounded like he was going to be there.”

Scott Skiles


“They literally complain about every call the whole game. That's their style. That's what they do. They're having a great year doing it.”

Scott Skiles


“They complain an awful lot.”

Scott Skiles


“Detroit had their own agenda, which is to rest their guys, and Washington had motivation so that is understandable. That's why you play all 82.”

Scott Skiles


“Detroit has its own agenda, which is to rest its guys, and Washington has the motivation, which is understandable. So is the Orlando-Indiana game. That's part of it. That's why you play all 82 (games).”

Scott Skiles


“He's got size. All the teams keep drafting younger and younger players. It's becoming more and more rare that you get a guy from college who has an NBA body and NBA athleticism. Eddie has that already, which is a big advantage for him. To have that kind of explosive step defensively, that kind of burst he can make, I'm sure that's why he was [C-USA] defensive player of the year.”

Scott Skiles


“He's got size, ... All the teams keep drafting younger and younger players. It's becoming more and more rare that you get a guy from college who has an NBA body and NBA athleticism. Eddie has that already, which is a big advantage for him. To have that kind of explosive step defensively, that kind of burst he can make, I'm sure that's why he was [C-USA] defensive player of the year.”

Scott Skiles


“I can only speak about [Monday's] game, and I didn't think there was anything outrageous going on out there. We fouled too much. Maybe two calls on Carmelo were debatable, but the rest of them I thought he earned his right to get to the line.”

Scott Skiles