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Media day wrapup

By Jason Lloyd Published: September 28, 2010

So what did we learn on media day? The players were stung, badly, by LeBron's decision to leave, but they've been left with no choice but to move forward. Here is the proof.

ANTHONY PARKER
"Everybody is saying it feels different. The only difference is a lot of you guys aren't picking us to win championships this year. But the challenge is still there. We've got a new coach, new philosophy and new system and couple new faces this year.

"I think we have (moved on). This media day is about trying to express that. A lot of people, especially in the media, would still like to talk about those kinds of things and understandably so. But for us, the summer of 2010 is over and now we're starting the season

DANIEL GIBSON
"Our focus has to be on what we want to do in the future and what we want to accomplish as a team. If we direct our focus in that direction and never look back, we'll be very productive this season."
"To me it's like the first day of school. Last night I was a little anxious about today. When you get there, you're still trying to figure things out. You know what's going on, but you're anxious about the things to come. I think our guys are anxious about this season and the opportunities we'll have."

ANDERSON VAREJAO
"I know we lost one of the best players in the league and I know he was great for this town, but we all have got to respect his decision. We've got to move on. We've got to try to do our best this season. It's not easy losing a player like LeBron. That's what we've got to do. We've got to work hard and fight to win as many games as we can."
"LeBron was great for this organization, great for this town. We have to respect his decision. It's not that I'm happy because he left, of course I would love to have him here. But we've got to move on. He's the only one who knows what's the best for him."

I saved JOEY GRAHAM for last. Even though he is new this season, Graham is clearly not afraid to speak his mind. Like when talk turned to Mo Williams as an emotional leader of this team.

"Mo is an emotional guy. A lot of his emotions are going to come out in his personality and the way he talks. Until he can get over the fact and the rest of everybody get over the fact that the savior, the hero is not here any more and this is what we have now, these are the guys he has to take care of, being a leader and the point guard for this team, the sooner we can get together and win these games."

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