Derek Anderson Rumors

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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.
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.
I think that’s the very first time I hear some criticism towards Buford. Seems like he’s always making the right decisions. DA: Yeah he does now. But look what he did. He had to learn. They won a championship during the lockout and I came two years later. David Robinson was retiring, Sean Elliott… they were losing the core and they had to start all over again. They had to get people in there. Again, when you have a core team like we had and a coach like [Gregg] Popovich, they would have won against the Lakers every year if you had me.
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].