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The University of Washington Huskies have arrived in Las Vegas for the start of the Pac-12 tournament and despite a tough season filled with injuries, a COVID-19 disruption and inconsistent play, the team is finding its chemistry just right. time to race for a championship.
Head coach Mike Hopkins is said to be in the hot seat as his team, the tournament’s sixth seed, is set to face the No. 11 Utah Utes at T-Mobile Arena. Joining Hopkins on the coaching staff for his first season is former NBA forward and Washington All-Pac-10 selection Quincy Pondexter. The former first-round pick played in the conference from 2010 to 2019 and played on five different teams, including the New Orleans Pelicans and Chicago Bulls.
Now, however, he’s focused on helping elevate the program to be “respectable” on a consistent basis, and that starts with confronting members of the media who talk negatively about the team.
Tuesday morning, Pondexter was the guest of chuck and buck on Seattle Sports Radio 950 KJR, and called out another station host for hurting the development of the team and the culture around it.
“I preach positivity, especially from influencers in the media like your guy over there who could really make a difference for us,” Pondexter said, referring to on-air host Dave “Softy “Mahler, who really has a love-hate relationship. with the team. “If he’s more positive and supportive of us more than anything, I think we’ll have more fans in the crowd; we’ll have more support, and our guys will feed off of it and play even better.
Chuck Powell and Bucky Jacobsen were able to determine before Pondexter mentioned who the on-air host was by asking him if the defendant’s name rhymed with “Lofty Faller”. Pondexter confirmed that this is who he was talking about, leading Powell to state that “the word is out now”.
Pondexter took to Mahler on Twitter ahead of the broadcast after Mahler tweeted, “Before the Pac 12 tournament begins, how would you rate Mike Hopkins’ performance this year?” In response, Pondexter said, “It’s good for you to show us some love Softy.” He expanded on his live response when asked by Jacobsen what it was like to change the season.
“It’s about building things, and I think Mike Hopkins is a really good coach, and you have two…former [Huskie] players on your team, and so there’s no way to go any further,” Pondexter said. “Me and Will Conry – we leave everything there because we love this school; this university; the city more than anything. It will only increase. »
Optimism surrounds the University of Washington Huskies as they enter the tournament, and Pondexter knows his experience from both a player and coach’s perspective will help him be a leader. among its players in the quest for a championship. Additionally, it offers him the unique perspective of looking at media criticism in a different scope, seeing what it will do to the whole team rather than how it may affect a player; that is, a part of the whole.
“I’ve been on both sides of that,” Pondexter said. “I won this conference tournament and I held on until the end. The other side is that you are eliminated early. You have to have intense focus, take care of business one possession at a time and leave it all on the floor to give yourself the best opportunity… The guys love each other and we don’t want this dance to end.”
Powell encouraged Pondexter, who had obviously perceived a lack of support for his team from some members of the media, not to take criticism too seriously ahead of the tournament.
“This guy loves Huskies more than anything,” Powell said in reference to Mahler. “I think more than life itself. Maybe you just caught it [in] a bad mood there.