Gerald Green said the team understood Dirk Nowitzki's criticism after Sunday's loss to the LA Clippers. Dirk challenged everyone's effort.
"I think everybody responded the same way, everybody was like, you know what, that was a true statement," Green said. "I think everybody on this team can take criticism. Sometimes you get guys that get mad about what people say about you and it might be the truth. Sometimes the truth hurts.
"We've got to play with a lot more intensity, with a lot more sense of urgency. It's really an effort thing."
So then how can there be any coasting -- Dirk's words -- this early into the season with a new coach?
"We're still in the first month of the season. I think it's going to happen, man," Green said. 'Right now the Lakers are still undefeated, it's still early. One thing we have to do is we still have a lot of time to turn it around. We really can't wait no sooner than longer, so we just have to play our game the way we've been practicing. We've been having great practices. Tonight's game will be a big test for us."
I think Gerald meant they need to turn things around sooner than later, but point is well-taken.