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Lavor Postell: "Sprewell is one of the nicest guys I've ever known"
by Jorge Sierra / December 13, 2003

- Played college ball at St. John's until 2000.
- Named to the All-Big East 2nd Team and to the Big East All-Tournament Team in 1999-00.
- Won the 1999-00 Big East Championship with St. John's.
- Selected by the New York Knicks as 39th overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft. Played there till 2002-03.
- Selected by the Asheville Altitude as 3rd overall pick in the 2003 NBDL Draft. Joined the team in 2003-04.

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.

Do you think it would have been a better situation for you if Van Gundy had been there the last two seasons instead of Don Chaney? Apparently, you were on of the favorites of Van Gundy.

LP: I’m not sure. I really don’t know.

You once said that you could do everything Sprewell and Allan Houston did. Was that something you just did to get some attention or do you really believe that?

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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