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Sam Cassell: "This game has been good to me"
by Andy Jasner / December 9, 2004

The team is 12-6. How would you characterize your progress so far?

Sam Cassell: We’re coming along. We’re playing better basketball. We need to find our
consistency, though. We haven’t done that yet. It’s early in the season and we’ll get better. If we stay healthy, we can beat anyone. We have the talent here to do some great things.

You made your first All-Star Game appearance last season. What would it mean to play in back-to-back games?

SC: That was very special to me to play in the All-Star Game. I enjoyed the whole experience. Hopefully, I can do it again. But it’s not up to me. I just have to see what goes on. If it happens, great. If not, well, I can’t help that.

After the brawl in Detroit and Latrell Sprewell’s one-game suspension for uttering an expletive at a fan, have you noticed a barrier between players and fans?

SC: Our fans are loud in a good way. They pull for us. I don’t think you can say one incident caused a problem for the whole league. I appreciate the fans pulling for us. The league is doing some things for security to help everyone.

Is the added security a benefit?

SC: Of course. They’re so close to us and they yell things sometimes that aren’t good. It’s when they get too loud and shout things they shouldn’t be where extra security is good.

Will the game suffer down the road?

SC: No, I don’t think so. This is for the safety of the players. That can only be good.

How have the fans in Minnesota responded?

SC: They’re great. Like I said, they pull for us. I feel when we’re at home, we have a real advantage. They get loud and it pushes us when we need it.

This is your 12th season in the league. Is it as much fun as ever?

SC: Oh, yeah. I love basketball. I’ve been playing, it seems, for my whole life. I’m getting a little older now, but I love it. This game has been good to me. I want to play as long as I can before my body tells me I can’t anymore. I want to win another championship.

What have you learned as you have gotten older?

SC: How to do some little things, like finding my shot, little defensive tricks. Michael Jordan was the best at that. He would tug a little on the jersey or push off a little to get his shot off. I’ve learned a few things like that.

Andy Jasner is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to HoopsHype.com

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