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Derek Anderson
Derek Anderson
Position: None
Born: 07/18/74
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:195 lbs. / 88.5 kg.
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Your best season was probably in 2001 with the Spurs because after that you ended up getting a six-year contract worth $48 million with the Portland Trail Blazers, right? Derek Anderson: Yeah, I had a great season, great team, great teammates… The general manager at the time was very disrespectful. The coach, teammates were great, the city and the fans were supergreat… I just didn’t like the general manager at all. The GM you’re talking about is RC Buford. DA: Yeah. I think he learned, after I left, that you can’t be rude to people and expect them to stay [laughs].
The guard said he asked for a trade in 2005, and said he didn’t want to be in Portland anymore. According to Anderson, team president Steve Patterson told him, “Go home, we’ll come up with something.” The toothache was a fabrication by the organization, Anderson said, intended to make him look bad. Said Anderson: “When Steve told me, I told him I don’t want to be here, all the players were like, ‘Let him go, trade him.’ Rasheed asked to be traded. Damon sat on the end of the bench and asked to be traded. Everyone was trying to get out of there, but because I’m the nice guy and they figure, ‘Hey he won’t go to the paper and say anything, he won’t cuss us out and flip us off in the stands, let’s make him a scapegoat.’ “That happens to all good guys who are in a bad situation. They make him a scapegoat. If i would have choked the coach and did everything else, then what? Now, people try to reward people with attitudes and it’s not right. Not one of my teammates would ever say anything. They forget, I am a man. No one has ever tried me or disrespected me. You know how the newspaper works. They were trying to look for a scape goat and a story, who else could they go to? Everyone else had been in jail.”
You played with the Blazers for the most part of your career. Those Blazer teams had tons of talent but at the end it seems something was missing to get to the top. DA: Cohesiveness. You need a coach to bring everyone together, and at the time Maurice Cheeks just started coaching… You see now, he just got fired recently from Detroit. That’s the whole point, you can’t have a coach not prepared for that. Cheeks is a great guy, but coaching is a different animal. You have to know that.
Who was the toughest player for you to guard during your career? DA: There was a couple. When I played it was tough. I was a tough guard but think about it, you had these shooting guards: Michael Jordan, Reggie Miller, Mitch Richmond, Latrell Sprewell, Allan Houston, Steve Smith, JR Rider… Just naming those guys, you knew you had a tough night every night and if you watched on TV you said ‘Man, this is a great game!’ Now you can’t name me five apart from Kobe [Bryant], [James] Harden and maybe Joe Johnson… It was fun back then. Mario Elie, Allen Iverson was a two-guard back then… There was a bunch of talent. Now? There’s nothing.