Maciej Lampe: "I don't know what's going to happen with the Knicks"
What came to your mind when all those players were selected and your name wouldn't be called on draft night?
Maciej Lampe: I was like 'What's going on here?' A lot of questions came to my mind.
When did you realize that could be a bad night for you?
ML: After the 13 first players were selected.
Do you think NBA teams made a mistake by not selecting you earlier?
ML: We'll see. You can't tell anything about a thing like that yet.
How big of a blow was it to you?
ML: Well, I was disappointed for a while.
And how are you now?
ML: I was not OK at the beginning. But I really liked New York, so it's not bad now.
Are you bitter towards anybody (Real Madrid, NBA teams...) for what happened on draft night?
ML: No, I don't feel bitter towards nobody.
How's been the summer for you?
ML: Well, we played in Boston and then in Utah (in the summer leagues). I didn't play well in Boston because I had to adjust to something different. Once in Utah, everything was OK because I had learned to play the way you have to play there.
What did you feel you were lacking in those games?
ML: Strength. They are much stronger there.
How are negotiations going with Real Madrid?
ML: It's OK, it's OK.
What has your agent told you?
ML: He tells me they are still talking.
Do you think it will take long to reach an agreement to buyout your contract with Real Madrid?
ML: I really don't know. It's not up to me.
But do you feel there is a chance you won't play with the Knicks this season?
ML: I don't know. I don't know what is going to happen with the Knicks now.
If all the problems are solved, do you think you will see playing time with the Knicks?
ML: It all depends on how I play. If I play well, I'll get minutes.
How much do you think the trade for Keith Van Horn -- who plays pretty much like you do -- may affect you?
ML: He is a very good player. You can learn a lot from a player like him.
What's your opinion about the Van Horn-for-Sprewell trade?
ML: Well, that's not something about which I should give my opinion.
Finally, do you see the team playing in the postseason this year?
ML: I don't know. That's not my thing. I don't even know who will be playing for the team this year.
Jorge Sierra is the editor of HoopsHype.com
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