I was surprised by this quote from Jermaine O'Neal:
"I can't reiterate enough how much different things are this year," said O'Neal .... "This team is a different team. Everyone's happy all the time; you feel good about going to the gym. We didn't feel that way the last two years. If you don't like each other, it's tough to win."
So . . . what changed, who changed, to make the atmosphere different? Jax and Tins are still here. Saras is still here.
You could say Artest, but he was only in the locker room the first seven games.
Was it Croshere? I doubt it.
Was it Pollard. Seems even less likely.
Was it Anthony Johnson? That may be the only choice we are left with, but I've never heard anything else to make me think AJ's influence was THAT negative.
Maybe it was that assistant coach.
Anybody got any ideas?