Quote of the Day: Lute Olson after 1997 championship


“I don’t think this will sink in for a while. It’s kind of like a dream. The thing I’m
pleased with is this is one tough group of cats.” — Lute Olson

NOTES: Olson said the “tough group of cats” line to the RCA Dome crowd after Arizona defeated Kentucky 84-79 in overtime. I will always remember standing next to Steve Kerr when Olson said this. Kerr’s reaction with a smile: “The Kentucky fans are gonna hate that.” Kentucky is also the Wildcats. … The Hall of Fame video from the 2002 ceremony inducting Olson is a must-watch video. It includes in the crowd shots of former UA assistant coach Jim Rosborough, who was essential to Olson’s success at Iowa and Arizona and legendary players Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Bill Walton. … It was also nice to hear famed coach Pete Newell give credit to Olson’s accomplishments, including coaching the U.S. national team to the 1986 FIBA World Championship, the last American amateur team to win in international competition.

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