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Juan Dixon: "I'm going to lift a lot of weights"
by Billy Hart / July 26, 2002

As an All-American at Maryland you played primarily off the ball, but this summer you have been running the point. How difficult will this adjustment be?

Juan Dixon: I have been working out at the point since I was drafted by the Wizards, doing a lot of work handling the ball, trying to get accustom to the position. Of course changing a position is going to be difficult, but there are great teachers in the Washington organization and I am just going to continue to learn.

You were raised in the Washington area, will there be enough complimentary tickets to go around?

JD: It is great to be able to stay at home. I have a lot of love and support back there. Hopefully I can help these guys win some games and get back to the playoffs this year.

What is the biggest adjustment you will have to make to be ready for NBA ball?

JD: It will definitely be making the transition to the point. I still love to shoot the ball, but now I have to settle myself down, get the team into the offense, and just take it from there.

Are you looking forward to getting up and down the court with MJ?

JD: I have not played with him yet, but I am excited. If he plays it will be a great opportunity for me to learn from him on the court, but if not he will still be around. I will continue to learn from him and the rest of our coaching staff. I am looking forward to getting started.

Have you been giving Jared Jefferies a hard time about the NCAA Finals?

JD: You know, maybe once or twice since we got here. We talk about it a little, but now we are teammates and we have to look out for each other and help this franchise win some games.

What does the rest of your summer schedule look like?

JD: Lift a lot of weights, I am not going to play that much basketball. My goal is to get stronger in the weight room and on the court. I just have to keep getting bigger, add some weight and take it from there.

Are you going to miss being a part of the Maryland basketball program?

JD: I am going to miss the program, but I am going to stay in touch with the guys. Me and coach Williams have a good relationship. I am going to be able to make a few of their games during the year, so it’s going to be great.

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