- Marc Stein, ESPN Senior Writer
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NEW ORLEANS -- If you missed ESPN Radio's comprehensive "Meet The All-Stars" show Saturday night, you've clicked to the right place for your reprieve.
Your safety net.
Assembled here is a selection of some of the network's best interviews with various All-Stars from this week's festivities in New Orleans ... each of them augmented by expanded coverage of the selected sitdowns from trusty TrueHoop correspondents.
The full interview: Courtesy of Warriors World
The standout quote: "There’s no panic at all about the situation [regarding Golden State's slump to No. 8 in the West]. We’re just going to try to get better each game. As it gets to crunch time after the All-Star break, hopefully it all clicks and we find ways to hold leads and capitalize on leads.
The full interview: Courtesy of Bourbon Street Shots
The standout quote: "I didn’t think that I would be having this many blocked shots. Guys in the NBA are a lot smarter and know how to use their body well to get shots off. I see Chris Paul do it all the time, Kyrie [Irving], Deron Williams. All those guys really don’t get their shots blocked. So I’m like, 'What am I supposed to do?' It’s more from help side now, when they’re driving and they don’t really see me and I come out of nowhere and try to play them head up and then block their shot."
The full interview: Courtesy of Valley of the Suns
The standout quote: "Nobody knew if [playing two point guards together was] gonna work, including me or Eric [Bledsoe]. We talked with the coach, Jeff [Hornacek] and he said, ‘Let’s try this.’ You guys have to embrace your roles, have to accept what kind of roles you’re going to have and try to help the team. I think so we did that. Me and Eric, we talked a lot before the season, you know, because he played his whole life as a point guard, I played my whole life as a point guard, so it was something new for both of us. I think so, just talking, talking with him and trying to figure out those things on the court, think so that’s why we are successful because we share. We share things, and we know if we want to be a successful team, we have to play together."
The full interview: Courtesy of Daily Thunder
The standout quote: "[Winning MVP] would mean a lot. MVP in this league, you can’t downgrade that. It doesn’t matter who you are or how many you’ve won ... you can’t downgrade MVP. Of course the ultimate prize is to win the championship. But as far as regular-season accolades, that’s right up there at the top. It would be cool. But that’s out of my control. Only thing I can control is how I play the game and everything else after that will fall in line.”
The full interview: Courtesy of A Wolf Among Wolves
The standout quote: "I think [incessant speculation about Love going to the Lakers is] funny because it’s not my fault I was born there. I chose to play at UCLA and stay on the West Coast and play for Coach [Ben] Howland, who had been to two consecutive Final Fours at the time. So for me, I’m just happy where I’m at right now. I want to turn this thing around. I want to win as many games as we can these last 30 games and just get through this and do the best we can because we have a team that -- when healthy -- can do some damage."
The full interview: Courtesy of Truth About It
The standout quote: "I think [All-Star selection] made up for [any Team USA disappointment]. But you know what I mean, it's very tough. Team USA? You put everything behind you. You take the name off your back, you put the Wizards away, and you're playing for your country. Nothing's bigger than that. ... I did the best I could to go there and be a professional when I went through the summer workouts. You look past it -- that's what they decided to do -- and I'm still gonna support my country and move forward. I'm happy I'm here at All-Star Weekend to be an All-Star."
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