Lavor Postell: "Sprewell is one of the nicest guys I've ever known"
How’s the season in the NBDL been for you so far?
Lavor Postell: It’s been a good experience. We have great coaches. I’m getting better and I’m making my teammates better. It’s a good experience.
How has it been adjusting to life in the NBDL after three years on the NBA?
LP: It’s not a big deal. It’s just about basketball and getting the opportunity to play.
Did you ever consider going to play overseas?
LP: Not really. If it was about money I would have, but it’s not about money to me. It’s just about basketball.
How would you describe your experience with the Knicks?
LP: It was a great opportunity and a great experience. It was a great experience with great people around me. I mean, it’s the NBA, you know?
You didn’t play much there. Did you lose part of your confidence in that situation?
LP: No, I’m still confident. I never lost my confidence. It’s part of the game. I know I’m a good defender and shooter and it didn’t hurt my confidence. It’s a business. I was there to make my teammates better and I think I did that.
Are you bitter towards the coaching staff for not giving you a chance to shine?
LP: Of course not. They were doing what they thought was best. There are no hard feelings at all. I mean, they drafted me and gave me a real opportunity coming out of school.
LP: I’m not sure. I really don’t know.
LP: I really do believe that. I practiced against those guys for three years. They’re two of the best players and the best guys around. I have so much respect for them, but I do believe what I said.
Having played three years with Sprewell, what can you say about him? He doesn’t have a great reputation in the media.
LP: I have a lot of respect for him. He’s one of the nicest guys I’ve ever known. He’s a great team leader, unselfish, a good friend and just a good guy all around.
I heard you were the first person to tell him about the trade to Minnesota. What was his first reaction?
LP: I was watching Sports Center and I saw it on the screen and I was like “woah, he got traded” and so I called him right away to ask him what he thought about it and he didn’t know! I don’t think he was shocked, though. There had been rumors floating around about a trade. He knows it’s a business and I don’t think it shocked him.
With all of the injuries the Knicks are having, they may sign another player. Would you like to return there?
LP: Yes! I definitely would!
Would you play the whole season in the NBDL if no NBA team gives you an offer or would you listen to offers from other leagues?
LP: Whatever is going to get me back to the NBA the quickest is what I want to do.
Jorge Sierra is the editor of HoopsHype.com. Patricia Harvey, Asheville Altitude's media relations manager, helped conduct the interview
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