HoopsHype.com Interviews

[ T I M B E R W O L V E S ]
Derrick Williams: "Being the No. 2 pick is a blessing in disguise"
by Gery Woelfel / December 22, 2011
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams is on a mission to prove he should have been the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Sasha Vujacic: "The Lakers treated me like family"
by Jorge Sierra / November 19, 2011
Slovenian guard Sasha Vujacic, now with Anadolu Efes of Turkey, has no sour feelings towards his old team.
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[ P I S T O N S ]
Austin Daye: "I'm eager to come home"
by Nima Zarrabi / November 10, 2011
The adjustment to life in Russia has not been easy for Pistons forward Austin Daye.
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[ P I S T O N S ]
Jonas Jerebko: "I feel better now than I did before the injury"
by Jorge Sierra / November 1, 2011
Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko had a great rookie season and then missed the second one entirely due to an Achilles tendon injury. Now a free agent, he says he feels better than ever. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Brian Scalabrine: "The guys that have played with me respect what I do a lot"
by Jorge Sierra / October 29, 2011
Former Celtic Brian Scalabrine has become a hit with fans in Italy too, although the adjustment to life there has not been easy. Read more

[ T I M B E R W O L V E S ]
Michael Beasley: "The lockout has been a blessing in disguise for me"
by Raul Barrigon / October 21, 2011
Wolves forward Michael Beasley is optimistic the lockout will come to an end of soon. But if it doesn't, he says he'll continue to enjoy being around his kids. Read more

[ B U L L S ]
Nikola Mirotic: "I stayed in the draft because of Chicago"
by Jorge Sierra / October 3, 2011
Montenegrin forward Nikola Mirotic was thrilled to end up with the Bulls on draft night, but that doesn't mean he's going to Chicago any time soon. Read more

[ C H I N A ]
Wilson Chandler: "The trade made me realize the NBA is a business"
by Jorge Sierra / October 2, 2011
A fan favorite in New York, Wilson Chandler is going to play a world away from the Big Apple this year. But he hopes to be back when the season in China is over. Read more

[ H O R N E T S ]
Trevor Ariza: "The Lakers overlooked how I helped them win the title"
by Jorge Sierra / September 28, 2011
Trevor Ariza has been hitting the books this summer after an enjoyable season playing alongside Chris Paul in New Orleans. Read more

[ M A V E R I C K S ]
Rudy Fernandez: "I've proved I can be a tough defender"
by Raul Barrigon / September 23, 2011
After two disappointing years in Portland, Rudy Fernandez is excited to be a member of the Mavericks. Real Madrid will be his first stop before Dallas, though. Read more

[ N U G G E T S ]
Jordan Hamilton: "I can be the leading scorer among rookies"
by Raul Barrigon / September 6, 2011
Guard Jordan Hamilton is confident his scoring skills will help the Nuggets get to the playoffs again and his effort on the court will answer the questions about his attitude. Read more

[ S I X E R S ]
Spencer Hawes: "Being vocal about politics never had a negative effect"
by Jorge Sierra / September 4, 2011
Whenever the lockout comes to an end, Spencer Hawes will be one of the most coveted big men in free agency. He talked with us about that and, of course, politics. Read more

[ W A R R I O R S ]
Dorell Wright: "We needed a leader like Mark Jackson"
by Raul Barrigon / September 2, 2011
Dorell Wright played the best basketball of his career with the Warriors last season, but the team still didn't make the playoffs. The 6-foot-9 forward hopes that changes with Mark Jackson. Read more

[ K N I C K S ]
Iman Shumpert: "The way I play defense is contagious"
by Raul Barrigon / August 30, 2011
Iman Shumpert hopes to be the Knicks' Secretary of Defense next season. Read more

[ H E A T ]
LeBron James: "The week after losing the Finals was the worst I ever had"
by Jorge Sierra / August 21, 2011
Barcelona was the first stop for LeBron James on his European tour with Nike. HoopsHype was there to talk with the two-time MVP. Read more

[ B U L L S ]
Derrick Rose: "I'm gonna win multiple championships"
by Raul Barrigon / August 20, 2011
Bulls guard Derrick Rose is shooting for several rings and is not shy about it. Read more

[ B U C K S ]
Brandon Jennings: "Nothing really fazes me"
by Jorge Sierra / August 19, 2011
Bucks guard Brandon Jennings is working hard on his body and his game to rebound from a disappointing season in Milwaukee.
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[ G R I Z Z L I E S ]
Greivis Vasquez: "I'm not afraid of failure"
by Jorge Sierra / August 10, 2011
Maryland product Greivis Vasquez was an unexpected contributor during the Grizzlies' playoff run and could become part of the core of a team that may contend for the title pretty soon. Read more

[ T H U N D E R ]
Serge Ibaka: "I can be an All-Star in one or two years"
by Jorge Sierra / July 27, 2011
Thunder forward Serge Ibaka wants to prove last season was no fluke and he can be a star in the NBA pretty soon. Read more

[ B U C K S ]
Andrew Bogut: "I definitely enjoy playing with Jennings"
by Jorge Sierra / July 20, 2011
Bucks center Andrew Bogut had a tough year in Milwaukee playing through pain and losing a lot of games, but he remains optimistic about the future. Read more

[ S I X E R S ]
Thaddeus Young: "I'm underrated by many people"
by Jorge Sierra / July 14, 2011
Sixers forward Thaddeus Young should be one of the most coveted free agents once the lockout comes to an end.
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[ A G E N T S ]
Dan Fegan: "I don't believe Dwight has made any decision"
by Raul Barrigon / June 21, 2011
Agent Dan Fegan talks about labor talks and the future of clients Dwight Howard, Nenê and Jose Juan Barea. Read more

[ S I X E R S ]
Jrue Holiday: "We need to find a big man"
by Raul Barrigon / June 20, 2011
Sixers guard Jrue Holiday would like the team to get a presence in the middle, but not at the expense of losing Andre Iguodala. Read more

[ D R A F T ]
Justin Harper: "My ballhandling sets me apart from other power forwards"
by Raul Barrigon / June 20, 2011
Combo forward Justin Harper, the Richmond product who has drawn comparisons to Channing Frye, sees himself as a late first-round pick in Thursday's draft. Read more

[ D R A F T ]
Nikola Vucevic: "I try to learn watching Gasol and Nowitzki"
by Raul Barrigon / June 11, 2011
Nikola Vucevic is confident about his decision on going pro, even if that means starting his career overseas.
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[ D R A F T ]
Marshon Brooks: "I'm more Crawford than Kobe"
by Jorge Sierra / June 10, 2011
Despite finishing second in the nation in scoring, Providence product Marshon Brooks is still far from a household name.
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[ D R A F T ]
Kemba Walker: "I'm a point guard first"
by Jorge Sierra / June 2, 2011
Despite his college success, Kemba Walker has to keep proving himself in the weeks leading up to the draft. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Marko Jaric: "It seems I was always part of a rebuilding situation"
by Jorge Sierra / May 7, 2011
A big star in Europe, Marko Jaric never panned out as some had expected in the NBA. The Serbian guard is now back in Italy, when he has come close to repeating as Euroleague champion. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Nick Calathes: "I like the decision I made"
by Jorge Sierra / May 5, 2011
Nick Calathes is one of the NBA draftees with a chance to be crowned as Euroleague champion this weekend. Read more

[ D R A F T ]
JaJuan Johnson: "I feel ready for this"
by Jorge Sierra / April 23, 2011
Former Purdue forward JaJuan Johnson is working out in Chicago to get prepared for the pre-draft workout.
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[ D R A F T ]
Isaiah Thomas: "Put me out against anybody and I'll show you I'm not too small"
by Jorge Sierra / April 18, 2011
Draft prospect Isaiah Thomas is getting advice from some of Seattle's finest in his quest for the NBA.. Read more

[ R A P T O R S ]
DeMar DeRozan: "Sometimes you have to go through this to be successful"
by Marc Narducci / April 9, 2011
Among the more improved players in the NBA, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan has slid under the radar because of his team’s struggles.
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[ W I Z A R D S ]
Maurice Evans: "I'm sure we won't get a deal done by July 1"
by Chris Tomasson / April 1, 2011
Maurice Evans, vice president of the Players Association, thinks there will be a lockout this summer but remains hopeful it won't go into the season. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Will Graves: "I really never considered leaving Japan"
by Jorge Sierra / March 23, 2011
Former Tar Heel swingman Will Graves plays 173 miles away from Fukushima. And he's not leaving. Read more

[ L E G E N D S ]
Horace Grant: "Noah plays a lot like I did"
by Raul Barrigon / March 9, 2011
Former Bulls forward Horace Grant can see Chicago coming out of the East if they are able to stay healthy.
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[ S P U R S ]
Manu Ginobili: "I would not like to play for another team"
by Jorge Sierra / February 19, 2011
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is likely to remain in San Antonio till the end of his career. And maybe even after that. Read more

[ H A W K S ]
Al Horford: "Playing overseas? There's a chance"
by Jorge Sierra / February 18, 2011
Two-time All-Star Al Horford is concerned about the possibility of a lockout and doesn't rule out playing somwhere else if it finally materializes. Read more

[ G R I Z Z L I E S ]
Marc Gasol: "I don't really think about free agency"
by Marc Narducci / January 29, 2011
Marc Gasol will be a restricted free agent after the season but right now earning a playoff berth occupies his mind. Read more

[ M A V E R I C K S ]
Donnie Nelson: "Pierce was the safe money; Nowitzki was the smart money"
by Nima Zarrabi / January 25, 2011
Mavericks GM Donnie Nelson reminisces about his basketball upbringing, making the transition to talent evaluation and how it all began with Dirk Nowitzki.
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[ B U C K S ]
Andrew Bogut: "Am I the same player? Close"
by Marc Narducci / January 15, 2011
Nine months after an horrific elbow injury, Bucks center Andrew Bogut is slowly returning to his old form.
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[ H E A T ]
Mario Chalmers: "LeBron and Wade are gelling together right now"
by Raul Barrigon / December 25, 2010
Heat guard Mario Chalmers says he's happy helping a team where the stars are building better chemistry with each game.
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[ G R I Z Z L I E S ]
Mike Conley: "Signing the contract took a lot of pressure off"
by Jorge Sierra / December 22, 2010
Grizzlies guard Mike Conley cashed in big this offseason and now must prove he's worth the money the team invested in him.
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[ C A V A L I E R S ]
Anderson Varejao: "I wouldn't mind retiring with Cleveland"
by Nebojsa Petrovacki / December 6, 2010
The Cavs may no longer have a shot at the title, but Anderson Varejao remains happy in Cleveland.
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[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Khalid El-Amin: "Europe gave me the opportunity to make more money than I would in the NBA"
by Jorge Sierra / November 27, 2010
UConn legend Khalid El-Amin is having quite a successful (and profitable) career in Europe.
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[ B U C K S ]
Brandon Jennings: "If there's a lockout, I'd probably go overseas again"
by Gery Woelfel / November 19, 2010
Bucks guard Brandon Jennings will stay active if there's a work stoppage in the NBA..
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[ R O C K E T S ]
Chase Budinger: "I would love to enter the dunk contest"
by Jorge Sierra / October 30, 2010
After an unexpectedly successful rookie year in Houston, Chase Budinger is setting new goals for himself.
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[ L A K E R S ]
Derek Fisher: "I'm hungrier than ever about winning the ring"
by Jorge Sierra / October 19, 2010
Five NBA championships later, Lakers guard Derek Fisher is still hungry for more.
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[ L A K E R S ]
Ron Artest: "If you're not Ron Artest, you don't have a chance of stopping Durant"
by Jorge Sierra / October 6, 2010
Lakers forward Ron Artest, in Barcelona for the NBA Europe Live Tour, isn't shy about his defensive abilities.
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[ C A V A L I E R S ]
Chris Grant: "We've got a group that fits well with Scott's system"
by Sam Amico / September 30, 2010
It was a tough summer for the Cavs, but management is still sending an optimistic message. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
God Shammgod: "Chris Paul is the best dribbler"
by Raul Barrigon / September 29, 2010
Streetball legend and Converse pitchman God Shammgod will play in China again this season. Read more

[ I N T E R V I E W ]
Josh Howard: "The Wizards see a natural-born leader in me"
by Jorge Sierra / September 17, 2010
Former All-Star Josh Howard is getting a second chance with the Wizards and looking to take advantage of it. Read more

[ I N T E R V I E W ]
Andre Iguodala: "We need a tough coach"
by Jorge Sierra / September 10, 2010
Sixers swingman Andre Iguodala is looking forward to his first season under head coach Doug Collins.
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[ P A C E R S ]
Danny Granger: "Me and Collison can be a lot of years in Indiana together"
by Jorge Sierra / September 9, 2010
Pacers forward Danny Granger has seen a lot of losing in Indiana. He now hopes Darren Collison can help him turn things around.
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[ G R I Z Z L I E S ]
Rudy Gay: "I wasn't sure I would re-sign with Memphis"
by Jorge Sierra / September 8, 2010
The uncertainty about the contract is over for Rudy Gay, who now looks to make a bigger name for himself with Team USA and the Grizzlies. Read more

[ T H U N D E R ]
Nenad Krstic: "I deserved the punishment"
by Jorge Sierra / September 7, 2010
Thunder center Nenad Krstic was in the news for the wrong reasons recently, but has a chance to make up for that with a deep run at the Worlds with Serbia. Read more

[ K N I C K S ]
Timofey Mozgov: "I want to play 10 to 15 minutes"
by Jorge Sierra / September 6, 2010
Russian man of mystery Timofey Mozgov is expecting decent playing time with the Knicks already in his rookie year. Read more

[ B U C K S ]
Ersan Ilyasova: "We have one of the best coaches in Scott Skiles"
by Jorge Sierra / September 5, 2010
Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova, now competing at the World Championships with Turkey, gives much credit to Scott Skiles for Milwaukee's success. Read more

[ B U L L S ]
Derrick Rose: "I'd hate to play against Boozer and Noah"
by Raul Barrigon / August 27, 2010
With better teammates and an improved three-point shot, Derrick Rose figures to be one of the biggest stars in the NBA this coming season. Read more

[ T I M B E R W O L V E S ]
Kevin Love: "I'd love to sign an extension and get that out of the way"
by Jorge Sierra / August 20, 2010
Even if things are not going so well for the Timberwolves, Kevin Love would still like to remain in Minnesota.
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[ M A G I C ]
Mickael Pietrus: "If it wasn't for Keith Smart, I'd be in Europe right now"
by Jorge Sierra / August 9, 2010
Swingman Mickael Pietrus, a potential starter for the contending Magic this season, gives assistant Keith Smart much credit for his success in the NBA.
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[ R A P T O R S ]
Andrea Bargnani: "I don't feel like I've arrived"
by Jorge Sierra / July 29, 2010
With Chris Bosh gone, Italian forward Andrea Bargnani now has the chance to reach star status in Toronto.
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[ S U N S ]
Goran Dragic: "Nash saw I could play against anybody"
by Raul Barrigon / July 15, 2010
After a breakout season, Suns guard Goran Dragic is still trying to improve his game to help Slovenia at the World Championship and Steve Nash in the post-Stoudemire era. Read more

[ H E A T ]
Michael Beasley: "Sometimes my mistakes have been magnified"
by Raul Barrigon / June 28, 2010
Heat forward Michael Beasley talks about past mistakes, Dwyane Wade and his summer plans. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Ryan Richards: "I definitely think I'm ready"
by Jorge Sierra / June 21, 2010
At just 19 years old, British forward Ryan Richards is making the big leap of faith – from obscure European leagues to the NBA. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Pablo Aguilar: "If I'm a second-rounder, I'm staying in the draft"
by Jorge Sierra / June 10, 2010
In a draft mostly void of international talent, Spanish forward Pablo Aguilar, now working out in the States, is one of the few bright exceptions. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Gordon Hayward: "I'm most comfortable out on the wing"
by Jorge Sierra / June 4, 2010
Gordon Hayward, the man who led Butler to an improbable run through the NCAA tournament, is already touring the country working out for NBA teams. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Ekpe Udoh: "The year off made me realize how much I loved the game"
by Jorge Sierra / June 1, 2010
Big man Ekpe Udoh was one the most improved college basketball players this season and that put him in lottery pick contention. Read more

[ D R A F T ]
Ryan Blake: "Evan Turner can be like Dwyane Wade"
by Marc Narducci / May 29, 2010
NBA scouting director Ryan Blake is high on the projected first two picks in what he feels will be a deep draft. Read more

[ M O V I E S ]
Common: "I pick the Celtics to win"
by Raul Barrigon / May 11, 2010
Hip-hop artist Common dreamed about playing in the NBA as a kid. For him, the dream just came (kind of) true in the movie business. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Quincy Pondexter: "I think I'm still underrated"
by Jorge Sierra / May 8, 2010
Even with four years of college experience under his belt, Washington forward Quincy Pondexter is still flying under the radar. Read more

[ T H U N D E R ]
Serge Ibaka: "I earned every minute"
by Raul Barrigon / April 30, 2010
Serge Ibaka has been a steal for the Thunder and one of the reasons why they could steal the series from L.A. Read more

[ L E G E N D S ]
Chris Webber: "I don't miss playing"
by Jorge Sierra / April 27, 2010
Chris Webber, now an analyst for NBA TV and TNT, talks about working with Charles Barkley, his playing career and his plans for the future. Read more

[ P A C E R S ]
Danny Granger: "If I was LeBron, I'd go to New York"
by Gery Woelfel / March 15, 2010
Forward Danny Granger of the Indiana Pacers believes Cleveland superstar LeBron James would be an international icon playing in the Big Apple. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Mike James: "Flip didn't get along with me"
by Jorge Sierra / March 4, 2010
There's no love lost between Flip Saunders and Mike James, who's now looking to catch on with a contender after getting his contract bought out by the Wizards.
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[ A L L . S T A R.. W E E K E N D ]
Floyd Mayweather: "I could have played in the NBA"
by Jorge Sierra / February 14, 2010
Boxing star Floyd Mayweather, a true basketball fan, was one of several celebs enjoying the All-Star festivities in Dallas.
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[ H A W K S ]
Al Horford: "I think I can be a go-to scorer"
by Raul Barrigon / February 13, 2010
He may not be putting up big numbers, but Al Horford is contributing enough to the Hawks' success to merit a spot in the All-Star Game.
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[ T E A M . U S A ]
Jerry Colangelo: "Did I sweat in the Olympic final? Sure"
by Raul Barrigon / February 12, 2010
Jerry Colangelo dropped by the All-Star Weekend in Dallas to talk some Team USA.
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[ R A P T O R S ]
DeMar DeRozan: "I'm going to try to save as much as I can for Saturday"
by Jeff Fox / February 10, 2010
Snubbed from the Rookie-Sophomore game, Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan is looking to make a splash this weekend in the dunk contest. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf: "After the anthem fiasco, no team wanted to touch me"
by Jorge Sierra / February 4, 2010
At age 40, controversial guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is still going strong in the Japanese League playing for Kyoto. Read more

[ H O R N E T S ]
Chris Paul: "New Orleans is home for me"
by Marc Narducci / January 12, 2010
Now in his fifth season, Chris Paul continues to carry the franchise in New Orleans and insists it is the place for him. Read more

[ S P U R S ]
Richard Jefferson: "We're not as tenacious as we need to be"
by Gery Woelfel / December 27, 2009
After a rocky start, Richard Jefferson is firmly convinced the San Antonio Spurs can be contenders for the NBA championship.
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[ N U G G E T S ]
Kenyon Martin: "If we lock in on defense, the sky is the limit for us"
by Marc Narducci / December 8, 2009
With so much attention paid to the explosive Denver offense, it’s the defense led by Kenyon Martin that will determine if the Nuggets take that next step. Read more

[ L A K E R S ]
Shannon Brown: "I never doubted myself"
by Nebojsa Petrovacki / December 1, 2009
Dunk-happy guard Shannon Brown is playing the best basketball of his up-and-down NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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[ R A P T O R S ]
Maurizio Gherardini: "Bosh can play at these numbers for the whole season"
by Jeff Fox / November 16, 2009
Raptors executive Maurizio Gherardini, primed to become the first foreign GM in the NBA one day, believes Chris Bosh can keep his current level of play till the end of the season. Read more

[ B U C K S ]
Brandon Jennings: "I really don't try to compare myself to anybody"
by Gery Woelfel / November 6, 2009
Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings has taken the NBA by storm, looking more like a seasoned veteran than a 20-year-old rookie. Read more

[ J A Z Z ]
Paul Millsap: "Starting is not a big deal to me"
by Jorge Sierra / October 9, 2009
Whether starting or coming off the bench, Jazz forward Paul Millsap is ready to keep making doubters believers. Read more

[ J A Z Z ]
Ronnie Brewer: "If I don't get an extension, it's not the end of the world"
by Jorge Sierra / October 7, 2009
Even though he starts for a playoff team, Jazz swingman Ronnie Brewer still flies under the radar in the NBA. He doesn't care much about it. Read more

[ H A W K S ]
Rick Sund: "We needed to get more experienced and we've done that"
by Sam Amico / September 20, 2009
Rick Sund, who is coming off hip-replacement surgery and will spend part of September working from home, talks about the state of the Hawks. Read more

[ W A R R I O R S ]
Stephen Curry: "I definitely see myself as a Rookie of the Year candidate"
by Jorge Sierra / September 18, 2009
Warriors guard Stephen Curry sounds confident in his abilities going into his first year in the NBA.
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[ P I S T O N S ]
Ben Gordon: "I don't have any bad feelings towards Chicago"
by Jorge Sierra / September 8, 2009
Even though he claims the Bulls never made him an offer, Ben Gordon doesn't look back in anger.
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[ B U C K S ]
Andrew Bogut: "It's better for us to have lower expectations coming in"
by Raul Barrigon / September 5, 2009
Nobody has much hopes for Milwaukee this coming season. Bucks center Andrew Bogut likes it better that way. Read more

[ C O A C H E S ]
Doug Collins: "I'm not itchting to return"
by Marc Narducci / September 4, 2009
This is a big month for TNT analyst and former NBA player and coach Doug Collins. It includes a Hall of Fame honor and a statue of him at his alma mater. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Von Wafer: "I thought free agency would be a lot different"

by Raul Barrigon / August 19, 2009
He didn't get the money in the NBA, but Von Wafer will get the chance to chase trophies with Josh Childress in Greece. Read more

[ N E T S ]
Brook Lopez: "Our goal is to be a very good playoff team"

by Jorge Sierra / August 9, 2009
Brook Lopez, who spent the week as a mentor at the Adidas Nations camp, has high hopes for the Nets this season. Read more

[ P A C E R S ]
Earl Watson: "I signed with the Pacers because they want to win now"

by Jorge Sierra / August 3, 2009
Earl Watson is thrilled about playing for Mexico this summer and for the Pacers the upcoming season.
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[ S U N S ]
Jared Dudley: "Phoenix is a better situation for me"

by Jorge Sierra / July 31, 2009
Suns forward Jared Dudley says he likes the direction Phoenix is taking and talks about the Twitter fever.
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[ K I N G S ]
Sean May: "I will prove everybody wrong"

by Jorge Sierra / July 25, 2009
Former Bobcat Sean May is hoping for a fresh start with the Kings. Read more

[ B U C K S ]
Brandon Jennings: "I'm the young Buck"

by Joseph Woelfel / July 17, 2009
Rookie point guard Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks, who has already stirred a lot of controversy off the court, is looking forward to make his mark on the NBA. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Bostjan Nachbar: "Unless something dramatic happens, I'm going to Turkey"

by Jorge Sierra / July 14, 2009
Unable to land a contract to his liking in the NBA, formet Nets forward Bostjan Nachbar is looking at a second consecutive season playing in Europe. Read more

[ R A P T O R S ]
Jose Manuel Calderon: "We're not that far away"

by Jorge Sierra / July 3, 2009
Following a subpar season with the Raptors, Spanish guard Jose Manuel Calderon is feeling optimistic about what's coming next for Toronto. Read more

[ T I M B E R W O L V E S ]
Wayne Ellington: "Draft night was draining emotionally"

by Marc Narducci / June 30, 2009
After enduring some anxious moments on draft night, Wayne Ellington of NCAA champion North Carolina is ready to make his mark with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Read more

[ M A G I C ]
Hidayet Turkoglu: "Stan gave me a chance to succeed"

by Nebojsa Petrovacki / June 14, 2009
The most consistent member of Orlando Magic’s Big Three still believes that his team can win the NBA championship. Read more

[ D R A F T.]
Stephen Curry: "I knew I could be a great player"

by Joseph Woelfel / May 30, 2009
Stephen Curry is coming off a great collegiate career that ended with him leading the NCAA in scoring at 28.6 points per game. Now he is trying to prove to NBA scouts he is ready for the next level.
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[ L A K E R S ]
Sasha Vujacic: "Kobe made an effort to send a message to the Jazz"

by Nebojsa Petrovacki / April 26, 2009
The Machine may not be hitting on all cylinders as he did last year, but things are looking good for Sasha Vujacic and his Lakers. Read more

[ K I N G S ]
Vlade Divac: "The people of Sacramento brought me back to life"

by Nebojsa Petrovacki / April 2, 2009
Vlade Divac shared memories of his best and worst times in Sacramento following the jersey retirement ceremony at the ARCO Arena Tuesday. Read more

[ B U L L S ]
Ben Gordon: "You just got to expect the unexpected in this profession"

by Gery Woelfel / February 19, 2009
While it’s been a frustrating season so far for Ben Gordon and his Chicago Bulls teammates, he firmly believes they can salvage the season and make the playoffs. Read more

[ R O C K E T S ]
Luis Scola: "There are no locker room issues"

by Jorge Sierra / February 14, 2009
Rockets forward Luis Scola scored 6 points in the 122-116 win over the rookies and he doesn't like to talk about how many dunks has had this season.
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[ M A V E R I C K S ]
Jason Kidd: "I would like to play until I'm 40"

by Gery Woelfel / January 22, 2009
Mavs guard Jason Kidd has already played his best basketball, but he has no intentions of ending his career soon. Read more

[ S P U R S ]
Manu Ginobili: "I still have five, six more years in my career"
by Gery Woelfel / November 13, 2008
Sidelined after undergoing surgery on his left ankle, Manu Ginobili can’t wait to return to action and help the Spurs make another run at the NBA championship.
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[ W I Z A R D S ]
Antawn Jamison: "Blatche has yet to be consistent night in and night out"
by Raul Barrigon / October 20, 2008
Wizards forward Antawn Jamison is a firm believer in Andray Blatche's talent. He just wants to see him getting the job done more often.
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[ W I Z A R D S ]
Linton Johnson: "This team needs defense"
by Raul Barrigon / October 17, 2008
The Wizards are full of scorers, so journeyman Linton Johnson is looking to make the team doing all the other things.
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[ L A K E R S ]
Vladimir Radmanovic: "There have to be sacrifices from everybody on the team"
by Nebojsa Petrovacki / October 15, 2008
Starter or not, Vladimir Radmanovic is still excited to play in a Lakers uniform and thinks his team has a good chance to win it all this season.
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[ B U C K S ]
Michael Redd: "When you don't win, things pop up"
by Joseph Woelfel / October 1, 2008
Michael Redd has been an All-Star and Olympic gold medalist. Now he looks to turn the Bucks around with new head coach Scott Skiles.
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[ N U G G E T S ]
Carmelo Anthony: "It's been a long time and a long wait to get this gold medal"
by Marc Narducci / September 8, 2008
After winning a bronze medal in 2004, Carmelo Anthony is still basking in the glory of earning gold. And his Olympic career may not be over.
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[ W I Z A R D S ]
Antawn Jamison: "We have a chip on our shoulders"

by Raul Barrigon / August 12, 2008
Antawn Jamison hopes this will be the season where the Big Three can finally get the Wizards to make a deep run in the playoffs.
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[ H A W K S ]
Josh Smith: "I'm glad it's over"

by Jorge Sierra / August 11, 2008
Hawks forward Josh Smith is happy and relieved his contract situation is finally solved after a long summer of anxious wait.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
George Hill: "I get the feeling that I can be picked in the first round"

by Raul Barrigon / June 24, 2008
Pretty much off the radar at the beginning of the draft process, IUPUI guard George Hill is making some noise lately. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Keith Brumbaugh: "I need to prove that the past is behind me"
by Raul Barrigon / June 14, 2008
Former DeLand HS star Keith Brumbaugh is happy getting another chance to make his dreams come true after troubled times.
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[ R O C K E T S ]
Lior Eliyahu: "Everybody is waiting for the first Israeli in the NBA"
by Jorge Sierra / May 10, 2008
Drafted in 2006, Israeli forward Lior Eliyahu is hoping to be the first player from his country in the NBA.
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[ H O R N E T S ]
Predrag Stojakovic: "Chris Paul should be an MVP"
by Nebojsa Petrovacki / April 13, 2008
Even with the regular daily dosage of painkillers aimed to alleviate his back pain, Peja Stojakovic still proves that he is one of the purest shooters in basketball.
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[ S U N S ]
Boris Diaw: "I wasn't expecting the Shaq trade"
by Senad Mustafic / April 9, 2008
Even though his minutes dwindled somewhat in the last two seasons, Boris Diaw has become one of the most recognizable faces of Phoenix Suns.
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[ A G E N T S ]
Bill Duffy: "Sometimes I ask myself, 'Why am I doing this?'"
by Jorge Sierra / April 6, 2008
NBA agent Bill Duffy, who represents Steve Nash and Tayshaun Prince among many other players, is one of the most powerful men in a business he admits can get very distasteful.
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[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Maciej Lampe: "If I return to the NBA, I will play big minutes"
by Raúl Barrigón / March 31, 2008
At 18, Maciej Lampe maybe was too young for the NBA. Now at 22, he is blossoming in Russia and wouldn’t mind a comeback.
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[ I N T E R V I E W ]
Ray Allen: "We're part of putting W's in the win column, not of a stat-filling machine"
by Marc Narducci / March 25, 2008
Despite having his best chance to his first-ever NBA championship, Boston’s Ray Allen refuses to look too far ahead.
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[ P A C E R S ]
Mike Dunleavy: "My dad is my biggest fan"
by Nebojsa Petrovacki / March 20, 2008
Playing in front of the half-empty stands of Conseco Fieldhouse can't be too much fun for Mike Dunleavy. That has not stopped him from being one of the most serious candidates for the Most Improved Player honors this year.
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[ J A Z Z ]
Deron Williams: "The championship runs through San Antonio"
by Joseph Woelfel / March 13, 2008
The Utah Jazz are having a banner season, thanks in large measure to gifted young point guard Deron Williams. The third-year pro is on a mission to lead the Jazz to the playoffs again.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Nathan Jawai: "I want to be in the NBA next season"
by Jorge Sierra / February 29, 2008
The latest Baby Shaq comes from Down Under. And he doesn't want to hear of comparisons with the Phoenix Suns center.
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[ L A K E R S ]
Jordan Farmar: "Seeing Derek Fisher, now I have somebody to model myself after"
by Raul Barrigon / February 17, 2008
Jordan Farmar talks about his loyalty to Kobe Bryant, his game and his roots. Read more

[ R A P T O R S ]
Jamario Moon: "I have a better chance of winning the dunk contest than Barkley of becoming Governor"
by Jorge Sierra / February 15, 2008
Jamario Moon, one of the media darlings at the All-Star Weekend, is hyped up for Saturday's big event. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Danilo Gallinari: "If things go well, I will enter the draft"

by Jorge Sierra / February 15, 2008
Italian forward Danilo Gallinari is one of the Euro prospects most coveted by NBA teams. It seems like he will be available to them next June.
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[ G R I Z Z L I E S ]
Mike Miller: "You are always thinking about the trade deadline"

by Marc Narducci / February 14, 2008
The subject of trade rumors, Memphis swingman Mike Miller remains focused on helping the young Grizzlies improve.
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[ W I Z A R D S ]
Caron Butler: "I'm not flashy at all, I just get the job done"
by Joseph Woelfel / January 28, 2008
He is having a career year and making a strong bid to play his second straight appearance in the All-Star Game.

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[ S I X E R S ]
Andre Iguodala: "I want to make an impact on both ends of the court"
by Marc Narducci / January 24, 2008
Soon to be 24, Philadelphia 76ers swingman Andre Iguodala has embraced his role as the leader of a young team.

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[ S U P E R S O N I C S ]
Kevin Durant: "I want to be a winner, point blank"
by Senad Mustafic / January 10, 2008
Even though he dreams of a championship, Kevin Durant is very happy being a Sonic and averaging more than 20 points a game as a rookie in the NBA.
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[ T R A I L . B L A Z E R S ]
LaMarcus Aldridge: "Roy is unstoppable"
by Marc Narducci / January 1, 2008
Both the Portland Trail Blazers and second-year forward LaMarcus Aldridge have developed faster than most expected.
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[ H O R N E T S ]
David West: "The more we win, the more support we will have"
by Senad Mustafic / December 23, 2007
The Hornets have the fourth best record in the Western Conference and, barring injuries to key players, David West sees a bright path ahead for the the team.
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[ C L I P P E R S ]
Chris Kaman: "We're not finishing games"

by Nebojsa Petrovacki / December 11, 2007
Chris Kaman has been putting out some All-Star caliber numbers this season, but his Clippers are struggling with injuries and being unable to close out games.
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[ K N I C K S ]
Zach Randolph: "Nothing less than playoffs will be satisfying"

by Marc Narducci / October 25, 2007
After six seasons in Portland, Zach Randolph is excited about a new beginning with the New York Knicks.
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[ B U C K S ]
Maurice Williams: "I'm enjoying basketball for the first time since my rookie season"

by Gery Woelfel / October 17, 2007
After signing a lucrative, long-term contract over the summer, Maurice Williams is being counted on to help lead the Bucks back to the playoffs.
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[ 7 6 E R S ]
Maurice Cheeks: "All I can do is concentrate on basketball and control what I can control"

by Marc Narducci / October 7, 2007
In the final year of his contract and facing gloomy preseason predictions, 76ers coach Maurice Cheeks enters the season with a positive outlook.
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[ B U C K S ]
Charlie Villanueva: "I'm expecting a more balanced attack this season"

by Jorge Sierra / September 20, 2006
Following an injury-riddled season, Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva will try to show Milwaukee fans what the team got in last year's big trade with Toronto.
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[ K I N G S ]
Spencer Hawes: "Sacramento was probably the best situation for me"

by Marc Narducci / July 8, 2007
Sacramento Kings rookie center Spencer Hawes had a strong debut in the Vegas Summer League and hopes it’s a sign of things to come.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Coby Karl: "I can enjoy every day of life even more than before"

by Marc Narducci / June 23, 2007
Following a second cancer operation in April, Boise State guard Coby Karl, son of Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, is ready to show that he belongs in the NBA.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Nick Fazekas: "I can be about the best shooting big there is"

by Marc Narducci / June 12, 2007
At 6-11, Nevada’s Nick Fazekas is considered one of the top shooting big men in the draft and also among the most confident.
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[ S U N S ]
Leandro Barbosa: "I have a tough time making baskets right now"

by Senad Mustafic / May 17, 2007
The Suns are on the ropes after losing Game 5 of their playoff series with the Spurs. But all seems not to be lost for Sixth Man of the Year Leandro Barbosa.
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[ N E T S ]
Richard Jefferson: "They can boo me all they want"

by Brad Gagnon / April 24, 2007
Possibly considering a post-basketball career in comedy, Nets swingman Richard Jefferson fired back at the Raptors “sea of red” after Game 1 Saturday.
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[ R A P T O R S ]
Chris Bosh: "I didn't think I would develop as quick"

by Marc Narducci / April 6, 2007
At the age of 23, Toronto’s Chris Bosh is a two-time all-star who feels he has plenty of room to grow.
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[ C E L T I C S ]
Paul Pierce: "For me to say I haven't been frustrated is a lie"

by Marc Narducci / March 31, 2007
This has been a difficult season for Boston’s Paul Pierce, one marked by losing and injuries. But he sees a brighter future for the Celtics.
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[ K I N G S ]
Mike Bibby: "I'm not on another team and I'm not worrying about it"

by Marc Narducci / February 24, 2007
One of the biggest names on the trade rumor list was Sacramento’s Mike Bibby, who wasn’t finally dealt. Now he is trying to help the Kings make a playoff run.
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[ 7 6 E R S ]
Andre Miller: "I can't worry about the rumors"

by Marc Narducci / February 4, 2007
As part of the Allen Iverson trade, Andre Miller went from a potential playoff team in Denver to a Philadelphia franchise that appears headed to its third lottery in the last four years. Yet Miller has played at a high level.
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[ C L I P P E R S ]
Shaun Livingston: "I need to pick it up a little bit"

by Nebojsa Petrovacki / January 22, 2007
Things are not going as expected this year for the Los Angeles Clippers. Shaun Livingston, their eloquent young player, is very critical of his game and he knows that in the NBA everything revolves around the leadership from his point guard position.
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[ G R I Z Z L I E S ]
Tony Barone: "If we go 29-1, I might be back"

by Jamie Griffin / January 3, 2007
Tony Barone, Mike Fratello's substitute in Memphis, not only acknowledges the interim in his coaching title, he embraces it.
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[ M A G I C ]
Darko Milicic: "We think we can win the title this year"

by Nebojsa Petrovacki / December 6, 2006
Darko Milicic arrived in Orlando and now feels like it's a new beginning for him. He is so happy that he even talks about the Magic winning the championship.
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[ R A P T O R S ]
Maurizio Gherardini: "I will never go by fashion"

by Jordi Vila / December 4, 2006
He became the best general manager in Europe after 14 seasons with Benetton Treviso. This year, Maurizio Gherardini accepted the challenge of the NBA.
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[ H O R N E T S ]
Chris Paul: "I'm excited to be playing with Peja"

by Nebojsa Petrovacki / November 18, 2006
Things are going well for the Hornets right now. No wonder why Chris Paul feels good about his team’s chances of making the playoffs next spring. Read more

[ 7 6 E R S ]
Andre Iguodala: "I'm looking for a breakout season"
by Jordi Vila / October 2, 2006
Andre Iguodala has achieved some individual accomplishments in the NBA, but has yet to experience team success. The 6-foot-6 Sixers swingman plans to change that this season. Read more

[ L A K E R S ]
Jeanie Buss: "I might be the poster child for not mixing business with personal life"
by Michael Eaves / September 29, 2006
She's one of the highest-ranking women in professional sports. But despite all of her business success, Jeanie Buss is known more for relationships within the Lakers organization. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Zoran Planinic: "I'm in a great situation"
by Jordi Vila / September 22, 2006
Back in Europe after three seasons with the New Jersey Nets, Zoran Planinic shows no bitterness and doesn't rule out a return to the NBA. Read more

[ R O C K E T S ]
Vassilis Spanoulis: "We're not afraid"

by Jorge Sierra / August 31, 2006
Guard Vassilis Spanoulis, the lone NBA player on the Greek team, feels the current European champions have a good chance against the United States.
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[ S U P E R S O N I C S ]
Mickael Gelabale: "It's tough not having Parker around"

by Simon Wilkinson / August 29, 2006
With Tony Parker sidelined due to an injury, Sonics high-flying swingman Mickael Gelabale has stepped up for France in the World Championship.
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[ WA R R I O R S ]
Mickael Pietrus: "I want to be a Warrior for as long as possible"

by Simon Wilkinson / August 23, 2006
Warriors swingman Mickael Pietrus is competing with France in the World Championship and trying not to think too much about the future.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Kenny Adeleke: "I don't think anybody plays harder than me"
by Jorge Sierra / June 15, 2006
Under the radar for most of his college career, bulky forward Kenny Adeleke has managed to make a name for himself the past two months with great performances in the pre-draft camps. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Sergio Rodriguez: "I like to take risks"
by Jorge Sierra / June 6, 2006
Sergio Rodriguez, aka Spanish Chocolate, will leave American soil feeling good about his workouts with NBA teams, which may have made him a lock for the first round of the draft. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Shawne Williams: "I'm a future All-Star"
by Jorge Sierra / June 1, 2006
Former Memphis forward Shawne Williams may not be a guaranteed first-round pick. But if GMs made their decisions based on players' confidence in their own abilities, he would certainly be a lottery selection.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
James White: "I think I'm a first-round guy"
by Jorge Sierra / May 22, 2006
Former Bearcat James White is trying to prove he's more than just a great athlete in the weeks leading up to the NBA Draft. So far, the 6-foot-7 guard has apparently done a good job at it. Read more

[ L E G E N D S ]
Hubie Brown: "Dr. J could turn your building against you"
by David Friedman / May 12, 2006
Former Grizzlies coach Hubie Brown talks about the NBA, the ABA, his TV work, Julius Erving and the travesty of Artis Gilmore not being in the Hall of Fame. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Saer Sene: "I feel ready for any challenge"
by Jorge Sierra / May 4, 2006
Promising Senegalese center Saer Sene plays in the obscure Belgian league, but that has not prevented him from drawing the attention of NBA scouts. Read more

[ L A K E R S ]
Lamar Odom: "I feel good about my game right now"
by Nebojsa Petrovacki / April 30, 2006
Lamar Odom's first part of this season was far from impressive. However, after putting up great numbers following the All-Star break, he seems to be one of the most important ingredients of the Lakers’ playoff success.
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[ C L I P P E R S ]
Sam Cassell: "I'm using what Karl taught me against him"
by Nebojsa Petrovacki / April 25, 2006
Sam Cassell is leading the new Clippers during their first playoff series in nine seasons. But he says he is not doing anything different to what he did throughout his colorful 13-year NBA career. Read more

[ S U N S ]
Boris Diaw: "Amare didn't mess up anything"
by Senad Mustafic / April 24, 2006
Boris Diaw didn't get much of a chance to prove his worth in Atlanta. Things have been very different for the French do-it-all forward with the Phoenix Suns. Read more

[ K I N G S ]
Ron Artest: "I don't know if I'm built for America"
by Nebojsa Petrovacki / March 24, 2006
After Chicago and Indiana, Ron Artest’s basketball journey continues in Sacramento. The NBA’s favorite problem child is incident-free and taking his new team, doomed before his arrival, to another playoff appearance.
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[ R A P T O R S ]
Uros Slokar: "I hope Colangelo likes me"
by Jorge Sierra / March 11, 2006
Slovenian forward Uros Slokar wasn't selected in a great position in the last draft, but he is thrilled that the Toronto Raptors are holding his rights – even after the change in the team's management.
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[ M A G I C ]
Darko Milicic: "Now it's up to me"
by Nebojsa Petrovacki / March 8, 2006
Darko Milicic went to Orlando only wanting to play. Magic head coach Brian Hill has given him a chance and now everything seems to be much better for the Serbian forward.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Yotam Halperin: "The NBA is my biggest dream"
by Jorge Sierra / February 28, 2006
Two-time Euroleague champ Yotam Halperin wanted a bigger role and left Maccabi Tel Aviv for a smaller team in Slovenia, where he's now having a big year. Is the NBA the next step for the Israeli guard?
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[ C L I P P E R S ]
Vladimir Radmanovic: "We all have to take care of business first"
by Nebojsa Petrovacki / February 27, 2006
Clippers forward Vladimir Radmanovic looks back at his time with the Sonics with no bitterness
although he thinks they gave up on this season. Read more

[ B U L L S ]
Ben Gordon: "I got immune to trade rumors"
by Marc Narducci / February 25, 2005
Ben Gordon didn't allow rumors to affect his play. The Chicago Bulls guard is playing and scoring more in his second season in the NBA.
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[ T R A I L . B L A Z E R S ]
Martell Webster: "This is a chance to get better"

by Jorge Sierra / January 21, 2006
Although disappointed at first when told of his demotion to the D-League, Martell Webster is trying to make the best of an unexpected situation playing for the Fort Worth Flyers.
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[ C E L T I C S ]
Michael Olowokandi: "I'm very happy I got traded"

by Gery Woelfel / January 30, 2006
Michael Olowokandi wasn’t playing as much as he wanted in Minnesota and was looking for a new lease on his career. Now 30, the former No. 1 pick believes he can make an impact for the Celtics and still salvage what has been a disappointing pro career.
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[ S U P E R S O N I C S ]
Rashard Lewis: "Hill requires more discipline from the players"

by Senad Mustafic / January 29, 2006
Things are not going all that well for Seattle and Rashard Lewis, but the All-Star forward thinks that the future holds better times for the Sonics.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Marko Tomas: "The NBA is not my first option"

by Jorge Sierra / January 21, 2006
Happy with his five-year contract with European powerhouse Real Madrid, 6-foot-7 Croatian forward Marko Tomas doesn't consider playing in the NBA one of his short-term goals.
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[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Sun Ming Ming: "The NBA is a realistic goal"

by Jorge Sierra / January 15, 2006
Sun Ming Ming, the 7-foot-8 Chinese center who declared for the draft last year, had surgery to remove a tumor in September. How's been life for him ever since?
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[ P A C E R S ]
Jermaine O'Neal: "I would like to get a guy who can play defense"

by Nebojsa Petrovacki / January 10, 2006
The Indiana Pacers are still looking for a place to trade Ron Artest. Jermaine O'Neal knows the type of player he wants in exchange for the troubled forward.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Thabo Sefolosha: "I like being compared to Diaw"

by Jorge Sierra / January 2, 2006
Switzerland has never been known as a basketball hotbed, but the small European country may soon send a player to the NBA if things go well for swingman Thabo Sefolosha.
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[ S P U R S ]
Michael Finley: "We can get a lot better"

by Gery Woelfel / December 21, 2005
Michael Finley opted to sign with the San Antonio Spurs during the offseason, and he doesn't have any regrets. Suffice to say, the Spurs are equally elated to have the veteran swingman aboard.
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[ H A W K S ]
Joe Johnson: "I don't have any regrets"

by Marc Narducci / December 14, 2005
Joe Johnson went from a Phoenix team that won 62 games to an Atlanta Hawks club that has struggled for victories. Yet his enthusiasm for the game hasn't waned one bit.
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[ T I M B E R W O L V E S ]
Wally Szczerbiak: "I would love to play for the Olympic team"

by Marc Narducci / December 13, 2005
Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Wally Szczerbiak is among the best shooters in the NBA and feels his game is suited for the Olympics.
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[ N U G G E T S ]
Ricky Sanchez: "I will be ready for the NBA in two years"

by Jorge Sierra / November 30, 2005
While other players his age ride the pine in the NBA, 18-year-old Puerto Rican forward Ricky Sanchez, whose rights are owned by the Denver Nuggets, is getting some burn in the CBA with the Idaho Stampede.
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[ N E T S ]
Jason Kidd: "We don't have any ego issues"

by Senad Mustafic / November 27, 2005
The New Jersey Nets have several serious problems on the basketball court, but none in the locker room, according to team's All-Star guard Jason Kidd.
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[ L E G E N D S ]
Billy Cunningham: "It wasn't difficult to see the greatness of Erving"

by David Friedman / November 23, 2005
Billy Cunningham has enjoyed success as a Hall of Fame player, a championship-winning coach, a basketball analyst for CBS and one of the founding owners of the Miami Heat.
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[ B O B C A T S ]
Raymond Felton:"I want to bring a winning attitude"

by Marc Narducci / November 5, 2005
Coming off an NCAA title at North Carolina, Raymond Felton is trying to make the adjustment from playing for a college power to competing for the second-year Bobcats.
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[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Chris Thomas: "I love being part of the game"

by Jorge Sierra / November 2, 2005
Undrafted out of Notre Dame, 6-1 point guard Chris Thomas has taken his game to Italy, where he expects to grow as a player in hopes of returning to the United States next season.
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[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Tim Hardaway: "I know basketball"

by Jorge Sierra / October 12, 2005
Although playing again in the NBA is not out of the question, five-time All-Star Tim Hardaway has his mind set on becoming and executive in the league right now. Read more

[ R O C K E T S ]
Rafer Alston: "I'm not a bad crazy guy"

by Keith Calkins / October 5, 2005
Rafer Alston had a career-year with the Raptors last season, but there were moments when his volatile personality caused problems in Toronto. He's trying to put all that behind now. Read more

[ K N I C K S ]
Frederic Weis: "I could have made it in the NBA without the injuries"

by Jorge Sierra / October 1, 2005
A bronze medalist at the Eurobasket, Knicks' 1999 first-round pick Frederic Weis claims back problems prevented him from going to the NBA. Read more

[ N E T S ]
Nenad Krstic: "Everybody wanted to be the MVP"

by Jorge Sierra / September 22, 2005
Nets center Nenad Krstic is having a really hard time digesting the failure of Serbia-Montenegro in the Eurobasket. Read more

[ R A P T O R S ]
Jose Manuel Calderon: "I'm very confident "

by Jordi Vila / September 19, 2005
Raptors guard Jose Manuel Calderon has his mind set on the Eurobasket, but he sounds optimistic about his future in the NBA. Read more

[ S P U R S ]
Tony Parker: "Miami may have too many stars"

by Raul Barrigon / September 7, 2005
Although now focused on the upcoming European Championship, Spurs guard Tony Parker has been paying attention to the offseason moves in the NBA. Read more

[ J A Z Z ]
Randy Livingston:"New Orleans will never be the same"

by Jorge Sierra / September 4, 2005
Nine-year NBA veteran Randy Livingston is one of many, many people affected by Hurricane Katrina. His family in New Orleans has lost pretty much everything they had. Read more

[ N U G G E T S ]
Luis Flores: "I just want to play"

by Jorge Sierra / August 21, 2005
Nuggets guard Luis Flores barely played in his rookie year in the NBA, so he wouldn't mind getting some burn in the D-League this upcoming season. Read more

[ M A G I C ]
Fran Vazquez: "I will jump to the NBA only when I feel ready"

by Raul Barrigon / August 16, 2005
Spanish forward Fran Vazquez took a lot of heat for passing up the chance to play in the NBA, signing a four-year contract in Spain instead. Not that he cares a lot about it. Read more

[ T I M B E R W O L V E S ]
Marko Jaric: "I wanted to play in a winning environment"

by Nebojsa Petrovacki / August 13, 2005
Talking with HoopsHype.com was one of the last things Marko Jaric did as a Clipper. Now the Serbian guard looks at a brighter future as a Timberwolf. Read more

[ S U P E R S O N I C S ]
Vladimir Radmanovic: "My status on the team improves with Weiss"

by Nebojsa Petrovacki / August 5, 2005
Although not optimistic about getting a deal done soon, Vladimir Radmanovic is hopeful he will remain a Sonic when it's all said and done. Read more

[ R O C K E T S ]
Vassilis Spanoulis: "Houston likes me a lot"

by Jorge Sierra / July 30, 2005
Greek guard Vassilis Spanoulis played so well after being selected in the 2004 draft that some thought he could join the Rockets this year. But Houston may have to wait a little bit. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
JJ Redick: "I'm not going to be a superstar"

by Jorge Sierra / July 26, 2005
ACC Player of the Year JJ Redick, now on trials with the US Team before the U-21 World Championship, talks about college, the haters and his future in the NBA.
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[ L E G E N D S ]
Oscar Robertson: "Players should get the job done no matter how it looks on the screen"

by David Friedman / July 24, 2005
Oscar Robertson is the only NBA player to average a triple-double for a season, but that just scratches the surface of his accomplishments at all levels of the game.
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[ H A W K S ]
Salim Stoudamire: "I don't care what people think"

by Gerald Narciso / July 20, 2005
Former Arizona guard Salim Stoudamire was selected by the Hawks as a second-round pick
last June. Many analysts are already predicting he will be one of the steals of the draft.
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[ S P U R S ]
Andre Barrett: "I had to learn a lot last year"

by Gerald Narciso / July 17, 2005
Undrafted out of Seton Hall, point guard Andre Barrett was able to split the 2004-05 season with New York, Houston and Orlando. Now he's trying to earn a roster spot with the Spurs.
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[ P I S T O N S ]
Darko Milicic: "My situation in Detroit can't get much worse"

by Nebojsa Petrovacki / July 11, 2005
Things can only get better. That's Darko Milicic's approach to his situation in Detroit after two years in the NBA.
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[ B U C K S ]
TJ Ford: "The scary part is over"

by Keith Calkins / July 3, 2005
Bucks guard TJ Ford continues his rehab in his hometown of Houston and discusses the long road to recovery and the upcoming season.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Gerald Green: "I never thought I would be in this situation"

by Keith Calkins / June 27, 2005
A year ago, Gerald Green was barely a blip on the national hoop radar. Now he is projected to be the first high schooler selected in the draft.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Dijon Thompson: "Everything is going to work out"

by Jorge Sierra / June 23, 2005
A stellar senior season at UCLA may not be enough to get Dijon Thompson into the first round, but the 6-foot-7 forward remains confident the future has good things in store for him.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Nate Robinson: "I can do a lot of things that other guards can't"

by Gerald Narciso / June 7, 2005
Nate Robinson is currently projected as a second-round pick, but that could change depending on his performance in individual workouts.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Angelo Gigli: "I like everything about the Suns"

by Jorge Sierra / June 5, 2005
Angelo Gigli would love to be the first Italian selected in Round 1 of the draft – especially if that means he ends up playing for a certain Arizona team.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Jawad Williams: "There are not 30 players better than me"

by Jorge Sierra / June 2, 2005
The fourth option on a star-studded Tar Heel squad, forward Jawad Williams relishes the chance to show NBA teams all he can do now.
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[ B U C K S ]
Larry Harris: "I still have a big smile on my face"

by Gery Woelfel / May 27, 2005
Milwaukee GM Larry Harris, once an honors student and math major at Eastern New Mexico, knew the probability of winning the lotto was remote. Or so he thought.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Louis Williams: "I'm living out my dream now"

by Jamie Griffin / May 27, 2005
Straight out of South Gwinnett HS, Louis Williams is attempting to make the jump to the NBA. He recently worked out for the Grizzlies and is planning to give other teams a look.
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[ L A K E R S ]
Mitch Kupchak: "We'll be contenders in one or two years"

by Raul Barrigon / May 24, 2005
Forever to be remembered as the man who traded Shaquille O'Neal, Mitch Kupchak remains optimistic about the future of the Lakers.
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[ B O B C A T S ]
Brevin Knight: "I'd love to go back to Charlotte"

by Jamie Griffin / May 20, 2005
Point guard Brevin Knight will be a free agent come July 1. He hopes to be in a Bobcats uniform next season. That is, of course, if there's a season.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Miguel Marriaga: "I think I'm staying in the draft this year"

by Jorge Sierra / May 5, 2005
Venezuela has already sent two players to the NBA. A third one may be on the way with raw but intriguing forward Miguel Marriaga.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Roko-Leni Ukic: "Improving is my priority"

by Jorge Sierra / April 29, 2005
Europe or the NBA? Croatian point guard Roko-Leni Ukic doesn't care as long as he can find a situation that allows him to keep honing his skills.
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[ P I S T O N S ]
Chauncey Billups: "I don't play for stats, I play for wins"

by Marc Narducci / April 27, 2005
After winning the NBA title and the MVP award in the Finals, Detroit's Chauncey Billups has entered this postseason with renewed confidence.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Charlie Villanueva: "I'm gonna surprise a lot of people out there"

by Jorge Sierra / April 19, 2005
With two years of college experience under his belt, UConn forward Charlie Villanueva feels now much more confident about his chances than the first time he put his name in the draft.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Marco Belinelli: "The NBA is part of my future, not of my present"

by Jorge Sierra / April 13, 2005
Unlike many other European draft prospects, Italian guard Marco Belinelli gets playing time and puts up numbers for his club. However, he doesn't think he's ready to make the jump to the NBA.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Andrea Bargnani: "I feel no pressure"

by Jorge Sierra / April 2, 2005
There are great expectations for 19-year-old forward Andrea Bargnani in Italy. Many see him playing in the NBA in a very near future. But that may be the last thing on his mind right now.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Nemanja Aleksandrov: "Maybe I should stay two or three years in Europe"

by Jorge Sierra / March 29, 2005
With basketball skills much more polished than his English, Serbian forward Nemanja Aleksandrov has been mentioned as a possible No. 1 pick for two years. But he still doesn't sound quite ready to make the jump to the NBA.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Ivan Chiriaev: "I have no ego"

by Jorge Sierra / March 22, 2005
Russian phenom Ivan Chiriaev took a lot of heat last year after saying the NBA needed him. Now playing for Dynamo Moscow, Chiriaev claims he was portrayed the wrong way.
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[ B U C K S ]
Michael Redd: "I don't want to go anywhere"

by Gery Woelfel / March 19, 2005
Michael Redd will become one of the hottest commodities on the free-agent market this summer, but he insists he wants to remain in Milwaukee. That, however, hasn't prevented players from other teams from trying to change his mind.
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[ S T R E E T B A L L ]
Bobbito Garcia: "Freedom is the difference between streetball and the NBA"

by Raul Barrigon / March 10, 2005
Bobbito Garcia is perhaps best known as the author of Where'd You Get Those, but he has done a lot more than write books about sneakers.
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[ W A R R I O R S ]
Baron Davis: "I'm not uncoachable"

by Marc Narducci / March 7, 2005
Golden State point guard Baron Davis thinks there are many misconceptions about his health, his attitude and his personality and hopes for a fresh start with the Warriors.
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[ L A K E R S ]
Kobe Bryant: "The truth always comes out"

by David Friedman / March 1, 2005
Many Kobe Bryant interviews get sidetracked by non-basketball issues. This is not one of them. During the All-Star Weekend media availability periods, Kobe Bryant offered his thoughts on many basketball related subjects.
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[ J A Z Z ]
Keith McLeod: "I play with a chip on my shoulder"

by Gerald Narciso / January 21, 2005
Keith McLeod is making the most of his NBA opportunity. Brought in by the Utah Jazz as a third-string point guard, McLeod is now starting and making a name for himself around the league.
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[ H O R N E T S ]
PJ Brown: "I've never been one to complain and I never will"

by Marc Narducci / January 18, 2005
New Orleans forward PJ Brown has tried to maintain a positive attitude despite the fact that his 12th NBA season has seen the Hornets besieged by injures and losses.
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[ W I Z A R D S ]
Gilbert Arenas: "Making the All-Star team would mean a lot to me"

by Gery Woelfel / January 15, 2005
The Wizards are off to their best start in two decades and a major reason for their success is the sterling play of Gilbert Arenas. The 23-year-old guard believes his team's fast start isn't a fluke and that they will continue to shock the league.
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[ T R A I L . B L A Z E R S ]
Zach Randolph: "Being snubbed motivated me"

by Gery Woelfel / December 23, 2004
Ever since he was selected in the 2001 NBA Draft, Zach Randolph has been on a mission to prove the so-called experts wrong. And he's doing a great job of at that.
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[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Rick Barry: "The people who have the teams hire their friends"
by AJ Hayes / December 11, 2004
Hall of Famer Rick Barry never got the chance to coach in the NBA. And you can tell he is a little bit bitter about it.
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[ T I M B E R W O L V E S ]
Sam Cassell: "This game has been good to me"
by Andy Jasner / December 9, 2004
Sam Cassell won a pair of championships with the Houston Rockets a long time ago. Now, he would like to add one more with the Minnesota Timberwolves before he retires.
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[ P I S T O N S ]
Tayshaun Prince: "Things like that happen"
by Bruce Meyer / November 25, 2004
Tayshaun Prince had a front seat to the worst fight in NBA history. But he says that's in the past now and the Pistons have to concentrate on getting their season back on track.
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[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Felipe Lopez: "This is just a bump in the road"
by Jorge Sierra / November 21, 2004
Felipe Lopez never became the star some people expected him to be, but the former St. John's guard is more than proud of what he has accomplished. Now he plans to use the ABA as a stepping stone to get back to the NBA.
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[ J A Z Z ]
Carlos Arroyo: "I knew my time would come"

by AJ Hayes / November 6, 2004
Carlos Arroyo has dribbled into a couple of potentially scorching scenarios – replacing a living legend in Utah and hoisting Puerto Rico's basketball torch in Athens – and jogged away with nary a blistered finger.
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[ M A G I C ]
Grant Hill: "I'm not thinking about the ankle anymore"

by Mike Tuck / October 26, 2004
He’s been the most talked about non-factor in the NBA the last four years. The Magic shelled out a lot of money for Grant Hill and have yet to reap any rewards. Will this year be any different?
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[ B O B C A T S ]
Gerald Wallace: "Coming to Charlotte was the best thing for me"

by Marc Narducci / October 21, 2004
After three years of relative inactivity in Sacramento, Gerald Wallace is expected to be one of the major contributors of the expansion Charlotte Bobcats.
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[ G R I Z Z L I E S ]
Stromile Swift: "I try not to put all the pressure on myself"
by Jamie Griffin / October 19, 2004
Stromile Swift is the only player left on the Grizzlies team that relocated in Memphis in 2001. However, Swift was not able to reach an agreement for a long-term deal with the team.
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[ L A K E R S ]
Mitch Kupchak: "It was time to move on"
by Michael Eaves / October 14, 2004
With a tumultuous offseason behind them, the Lakers now move into the Kobe era. GM Mitch Kupchak is the man in charge of
orchestrating the transition.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Johan Petro: "I will put my name in the draft again next year"
by Jorge Sierra / October 5, 2004
Less talked about than Nemanja Aleksandrov and Martynas Andriuskevicius but with similar potential, 7-0 center Johan Petro could be the next Frenchman in the NBA.
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[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Sarunas Jasikevicius: "I've never been close to signing with an NBA team"
by Jorge Sierra / September 30, 2004
Two seasons and seven titles later, Lithuanian guard Sarunas Jasikevicius apparently continues to draw very little interest from the NBA.
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[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Gianmarco Pozzecco: "This is my last train to the NBA"
by Jorge Sierra / September 19, 2004
Gianmarco Pozzecco was impressive for the Italian team in the Olympic Games. Impressive enough to get a good offer from the NBA? That's what the controversial 32-year-old point guard hopes.
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[ S U N S ]
Yuta Tabuse: "If Japanese kids wear my jerseys, that would be awesome"
by Jeff Sinomada / September 17, 2004
Two weeks after signing a contract with the Suns, Yuta Tabuse is one step closer to becoming the first Japanese-born player in the NBA.
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[ S I X E R S ]
Billy King: "We have a chance to win the division"
by Marc Narducci / September 15, 2004
The Philadelphia 76ers have been revamped since last season's 33-49 record and look to return to the playoffs. General manager and president Billy King assesses the team.
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[ M A V E R I C K S ]
Dirk Nowitzki: "It will be a hard job to survive in the West"
by Jorge Sierra / September 14, 2004
How competitive will the Dallas Mavericks be after all the changes made this summer? Not even Dirk Nowitzki seems to know for sure.
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[ L A K E R S ]
Bill Sharman: "I couldn't have asked for a better profession"
by Andy Jasner / September 11, 2004
Bill Sharman entered the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1976. On Friday, he became just the third person to be inducted as a coach too.
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[ P I S T O N S ]
Rickey Paulding: "I have no regrets"
by Jorge Sierra / September 3, 2004
After an up-and-down college career at Missouri and a summer playing with the Detroit Pistons, Rickey Paulding is taking his basketball talents to Israel.
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[ G R I Z Z L I E S ]
Sergei Lishouk: "I should play in the NBA next year"

by Jorge Sierra / August 16, 2004
Ukranian center Sergei Lishouk was unknown to many, but not to Jerry West, who chose him with the 49th pick in June. Now the 6-11 Lishouk hopes to make a name for himself in the NBA starting next year.
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[ S T R E E T . B A S K E T B A L L ]
Hook Mitchell: "Everything in my life is starting to come together"

by AJ Hayes / August 14, 2004
Streetball legend "Hook" Mitchell has been called the greatest player never to reach the NBA. Sidetracked by drugs and a trip to prison, Mitchell's life has become a cautionary tale.
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[ S U N S ]
Maciej Lampe: "I can be an All-Star one day"

by Jordi Vila / August 2, 2004
Although things didn't go as planned for him in the 2003 draft and his rookie season in the NBA, Suns forward Maciej Lampe still has ambitious goals for the future.
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[ R A P T O R S ]
Wayne Embry: "I knew I had to succeed"

by Bruce Meyer / July 30, 2004
Wayne Embry faced Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell as a player and traded Abdul-Jabbar as a GM. Now headed for Toronto, Embry says he knew he couldn't fail as the first African-American exec of a pro sports team.
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[ H O R N E T S ]
Baron Davis: "Summer league is a great way to stay in shape"

by Morris O'Kelly / July 25, 2004
You don't get a true sense of perspective of how talented Baron Davis is in just an NBA setting. He took some time out to play in the Long Beach Summer Pro League and served notice.
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[ C E L T I C S ]
Marcus Banks: "It's still a growing process for me"

by Jordi Vila / July 24, 2004
Marcus Banks had a rough rookie season with the Celtics, but he sounded optimistic about his future in Boston during the Vegas Summer League.
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[ C A V A L I E R S ]
Luke Jackson: "I just want to help LeBron"

by Mike Tuck / July 10, 2004
With Carlos Boozer apparently moving to Salt Lake City, Luke Jackson may end up being a more important building block than expected for LeBron's team. He's ready for the challenge.
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[ S I X E R S ]
Andre Iguodala: "Iverson is the opposite of what the press says about him"

by Marc Narducci / July 7, 2004
They are calling him A.I. junior. Andre Iguodala, the Sixers' first-round draft choice, will now play alongside the more noted A.I. in Philadelphia.
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[ L A K E R S ]
Sasha Vujacic: "L.A. is where I wanted to go"

by Jorge Sierra / June 27, 2004
Shaun Livingston was not the only 6-7 point guard taken in the draft. The Lakers got another one at No. 27 in Sasha Vujacic. And the Slovenian couldn't be happier about it.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Dwight Howard: "I'm ready to make an impact right away"

by Mike Tuck / June 19, 2004
Bad news for the Magic could be good news for Dwight Howard. With T-Mac now leaving Orlando, the high school phenom could very well end up being the No. 1 pick this year. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Al Jefferson: "I've been feeling ready for the NBA since junior high"

by Marc Narducci / June 17, 2004
Al Jefferson is a 6-10 power forward from Prentiss trying to make the difficult leap from high school to the NBA. This season he was named Mr. Basketball in Mississippi. Read more

[ P I S T O N S ]
Carlos Delfino: "I'm 80 percent sure I'll stay in Italy another year"

by Jorge Sierra / May 28, 2004
The Pistons got the steal of the draft in 2003 by taking Carlos Delfino. They may just have to wait for him more than expected. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Jaber Rouzbahani: "I hope to make the NBA popular in Iran"

by Jorge Sierra / May 23, 2004
Yao Ming made the NBA hip in China. Jaber Rouzbahani plans to do the same in Iran. He may not have Yao's skills, but he certainly has the size. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Damir Omerhodzic: "Things are looking good for me"

by Jorge Sierra / May 12, 2004
Under the radar for much of the season, 6-foot-11 Croatian forward Damir Omerhodzic could move his way into the lottery with strong workouts in the next few weeks. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Luka Bogdanovic: "I will be ready in a couple of years"

by Jorge Sierra / May 7, 2004
Although he has a chance to be a first-round pick this year, Serbian forward Luka Bogdanovic sounds like a player ready to postpone the NBA dream a little bit. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Chris Duhon: "I just have to be myself"

by Jorge Sierra / April 28, 2004
Once projected as a sure-fire lottery pick, Chris Duhon now looks to secure a first-round spot in the NBA Draft after four successful years at Duke. Read more

[ B U C K S ]
Toni Kukoc: "The playoffs are the greatest thing in basketball"

by Gery Woelfel / April 24, 2004
Toni Kukoc is by far the Bucks player with more experience in the postseason. And he still loves every minute of it. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Peter John Ramos: "I may pull my name out if I'm not in the Top 15"

by Jorge Sierra / April 20 , 2004
This year's draft sleeper is once again a foreign giant. This time, he comes from Puerto Rico, not Russia. His name is Peter John Ramos. Read more

[ H E A T ]
Dwyane Wade: "I've been overlooked a little bit"

by Bruce Meyer / April 12, 2004
Dwyane Wade may be overshadowed by LeBron and Carmelo for Rookie of the Year honors, but the two more heralded freshmen may be stuck at home watching the Heat rookie in the playoffs. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Kris Humphries: "I have the skills to play small forward"

by Jorge Sierra / March 30, 2004
Although he's still not saying, Gophers freshman Kris Humphries will enter the NBA Draft. Humphries, who flirted with the idea of declaring last season, is a lock for the first round this year. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Sasha Vujacic: "I don't want to go to the NBA to be on the bench"

by Jorge Sierra / March 25, 2004
6-foot-7 Slovenian guard Sasha Vujacic could have been a first-round pick last season had he stayed in the draft. This year, you'll probably see him shaking hands with David Stern. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Christian Drejer: "I have no regrets"

by Jorge Sierra / March 16, 2004
Although his decision to leave Florida for Euroleague champion FC Barcelona may hurt his draft stock, 6-foot-9 Danish forward Christian Drejer is happy with the choice he made. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Tiago Splitter: "I think I'm not going to declare"

by Jorge Sierra / March 7, 2004
6-foot-10 Brazilian forward Tiago Splitter has been projected to be a lottery pick should he choose to put his name in this year's draft. But he may not declare after all. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Marcelo Huertas: "I'm very confident I will be a Top 25 pick"

by Jorge Sierra / March 3, 2004
He is said to play like Steve Nash and is certainly as candid as the Canadian star. Watch out for Marcelo Huertas. The 6-foot-3 Paulistano point guard could very well be the next Brazilian player selected in the first round of the draft. Read more

[ B U L L S ]
John Paxson: "It will take a couple of years to rebuild"

by Jose Ajero / March 2, 2004
The Chicago Bulls remain as bad as they've always been since Michael Jordan left. Former MJ teammate John Paxson, now the boss in Chitown, preaches patience. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
James Lang: "I know what it takes to make it back"

by Jorge Sierra / February 24, 2004
Of the six players drafted out of high school in the last two years, 6-foot-10 center James Lang is the only one not in the NBA right now. He's optimistic he'll return to the league soon, though. Read more

[ B U C K S ]
Keith Van Horn: "I was shocked"

by Gery Woelfel / February 18, 2004
Keith Van Horn's trip to DisneyWorld over the NBA All-Star break turned out to be an even bigger adventure than he expected. While spending time with his family at the renowned theme park in Florida, Van Horn was told he had been traded — again. Read more

[ S U N S ]
Amare Stoudemire: "I like the role of leader"

by David Carro / February 14, 2004
With several injury problems and a ton of losses with the Suns, this has hardly been a dream season for Amare Stoudemire. But in the Staples Center, he forgot about all for that a while. Read more

[ C A V A L I E R S ]
Jeff McInnis: "LeBron is the truth"

by Bruce Meyer / February 7, 2004
Many people in Portland weren't sorry to see Jeff McInnis leave town, but since his arrival in Cleveland he's played well and the team's been winning, so everybody's happy. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Martynas Andriuskevicius: "The chance is very small that I'll declare this year"

by Jorge Sierra / February 4, 2004
With a body as long as his name and a finesse game typical of European centers, 7-foot-2 Lithuanian teenager Martynas Andriuskevicius has been on the NBA radar for a while. But don't expect him to come into the league soon. Read more

[ L A K E R S ]
Kareem Rush: "Phil has confidence in me"

by Michael Eaves / February 2, 2004
No Karl, no Kobe… So who do the Los Angeles Lakers turn to for points? How about second-year swingman Kareem Rush? Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Predrag Samardziski: "I'm a fighter and a leader"

by Jorge Sierra / January 31, 2004
While he still has not made his debut with the senior team of that factory of NBA players called Partizan Belgrade, Macedonian big man Predrag Samardziski is already considered one of the hottest prospects in Europe. Read more

[ B U C K S ]
Tim Thomas: "Karl? I don't even want to hear that name"

by Gery Woelfel / January 27, 2004
With career highs in points, rebounds, assists and steals while starting for a phenomenal Bucks team, this has certainly been a dream season for Tim Thomas so far. Just nothing to do with his previous two years in Milwaukee, according to Thomas. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Quincy Lewis: "I'll only give up on trying to get in the NBA when I give up on basketball"

by Jorge Sierra / January 14, 2004
Even though former Timberwolf Quincy Lewis has enjoyed his time playing in Europe, he won't stop pursuing his NBA dream anytime soon. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Jason Gardner: "Arenas tells me to keep my head up"

by Jorge Sierra / January 8, 2004
The Belgian league might not be a dream destination for a player with one of the most remarkable college careers in recent years, but former Arizona superstar Jason Gardner doesn't lose hope. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Josh Smith: "There is a 50 percent possibility that I go to the NBA next season"

by Jordi Vila / January 6, 2004
Soft-spoken 6-8 forward Josh Smith is regarded as one of the best high school players in the country. So good that he might not go to college next season. Read more

[ C A V A L I E R S ]
Carlos Boozer: "We can make the playoffs"

by Bruce Meyer / December 31, 2003
Carlos Boozer was the steal of last year's draft and now leads LeBron James' supporting cast on a Cavaliers team he insists still has its eyes on the postseason. Read more

[ L A K E R S ]
Karl Malone: "I'm going to push myself, but I don't want to be stupid"

by Michael Eaves / December 26, 2003
The Mailman always delivers, but expect those deliveries to be delayed a few days. A right knee sprain -- the most serious injury of his 18-year NBA career -- will sideline Karl Malone for a while. Read more

[ B U C K S ]
Terry Porter: "Players need structure, but they also need freedom"

by Gery Woelfel / December 24, 2003
After firing George Karl and seeing the departures of Gary Payton and Sam Cassell, the Bucks were projected to be among the worst teams in the NBA this year. Instead, they have gotten off to a good start under new head coach Terry Porter and would be in the playoffs if they commenced today. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Smush Parker: "I didn't get the opportunities that I deserved"

by Jorge Sierra / December 21, 2003
After a pretty decent season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, streetball legend Smush Parker now finds himself playing in Greece for former European powerhouse Aris Thessaloniki and hoping for a new chance in the NBA.
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[ C A V A L I E R S ]
Eric Williams: "Ainge was pretty much cleaning house"

by Bruce Meyer / December 18, 2003
Eric Williams went from being a key reserve on a hot Celtics team to being the elder statesman on a struggling Cavs squad. And he knows Cleveland coach Paul Silas will be looking for three things from him: maturity, toughness and leadership. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Lavor Postell: "Sprewell is one of the nicest guys I've ever known"

by Jorge Sierra / December 13, 2003
A Knick for three years, 6-5 guard Lavor Postell is working his way back to the NBA playing for the Asheville Altitude in the D-League. Despite his lack of playing time under Don Chaney, he'd love to return to New York -- even though his friend Latrell Sprewell is no longer there. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Lee Benson: "I try not to think too much about what-ifs"

by Jorge Sierra / December 4, 2003
6-10 forward Lee Benson was one of the biggest stories of the 2002 Draft. Almost in his thirties and after eight years in prison, he tried to make the jump to the NBA. No team gave him a chance then. Now, with a positive outlook despite all the drama he's been through, Benson plans to give the NBA another try. Read more

[ N U G G E T S ]
Earl Boykins: "We still have to learn how to play together"

by Morris O'Kelly / December 1, 2003
Earl Boykins easily blends in off the court. At 5-foot-5, he’s barely noticed. As a new Denver Nugget, you can’t help but notice him. Arguably one of the quickest players in the NBA, Boykins is doing more than just contributing. He’s making an impact. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Kenechukwu Obi: "Mutombo told me that I will be great if I put more effort"

by Jorge Sierra / November 26, 2003
While still very raw (which makes sense for a 16-year-old kid who has only played ball for a few months), 7-2 Nigerian center Kenechukwu Obi was considered the player with the most potential in the Africa 100 Camp. In order to fulfill that potential, Obi knows he'll have to move to the U.S. soon. Read more

[ C L I P P E R S ]
Corey Maggette: "Dunleavy believes in us and we believe in him"

by Morris O'Kelly / November 17, 2003
The Clippers are off to an impressive start, even winning four in a row. A major reason is the play of Corey Maggette. A star in the making? Just maybe. Read more

[ C A V A L I E R S ]
Jim Paxson: "Silas changed the culture here"

by Bruce Meyer / November 15, 2003
Cavaliers General Manager Jim Paxson presided over a franchise where last year fans only hoped that the NBA Lottery would bring them King James. Now that the ping pong balls fell the right way, expectations for Paxson are much higher. Read more

[ N E T S ]
Nenad Krstic: "I feel really well now"

by Jorge Sierra / November 3, 2003
Due to a foot injury, Nets 2002 first-round pick Nenad Krstic has missed the European Championships and the start of the regular season. After several months of frustration, the 7-0 Serbian center is finally in good spirits and approaching full recovery. Read more

[ L A K E R S ]
Derek Fisher: "We just want both guys to focus on winning"

by Michael Eaves / October 29, 2003
Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal's mutual dislike for one another was the talk of the NBA a few seasons ago, but everyone thought the beef was squashed on the way to those three championships. Little did we know, the worst was yet to come, and their own teammates were even caught off guard. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Ivan Chiriaev: "I can be better than Nowitzki"

by Jorge Sierra / October 21, 2003
Ivan Chiriaev is Russian but lives in Canada. He is 7-foot-1 but plays the point guard spot. He is obviously not your typical high school draft prospect. Maybe that's why the NBA scouts are paying so much attention.
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[ G R I Z Z L I E S ]
Mike Miller: "Gasol is our go-to guy"

by Jorge Sierra / October 18, 2003
Mike Miller may be the first player rewarded with a big contract by Jerry West in Memphis, but he assumes he is not going to be the first offensive option for the Grizzlies this year. Read more

[ W A R R I O R S ]
Speedy Claxton: "I'm still happy with my choice"

by AJ Hayes / October 15, 2003
Though only 25, Speedy Claxton has already been fitted for a San Antonio Spurs NBA championship ring. Now on the eve of his regular-season debut with the Warriors, the 5-11 point guard looks to transplant some Texas magic in the Golden State. Read more

[ G R I Z Z L I E S ]
Stromile Swift: "Would I ask for a trade? I don't know"

by Jorge Sierra / October 13, 2003
For all the uncertainty that surrounds the future of Grizzlies forward Stromile Swift, there is at least one thing clear: he is not going to make the NBA All-Interview team any time soon. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Kosta Perovic: "I will probably declare if I know I'm in the lottery"

by Jorge Sierra / October 12, 2003
All through the season, HoopsHype will interview some of the top NBA Draft prospects. Serbian sensation Kosta Perovic, widely acknowledged as a possible No. 1 pick in 2004, is the first one. Read more

[ N E T S ]
Dikembe Mutombo: "I don't want to talk about a buyout"

by Jason McIntyre / October 2, 2003
The professional basketball career of 37-year-old New Jersey Nets center Dikembe Mutombo is clearly in its downward descent. Saddled with a bad contract, Mutombo is the subject of many trade rumors as he gets set to begin his 13th NBA season. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Tommy Smith: "I was convinced I was going to be a first-round pick"

by Jorge Sierra / September 29, 2003
Going to Europe this year was not in the plan for Bulls' second-round pick Tommy Smith, but now the Arizona State star hopes to make the better of the situation playing for Kukoc's former team in Croatia. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Scoonie Penn: "Maybe I should have left college early"

by Jorge Sierra / September 22, 2003
5-10 point guard Scoonie Penn, the man who led Ohio State to its most recent Final Four appearance in 1999, talks with HoopsHype in the last of a series of interviews with college stars who never made it in the NBA.
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[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Ousmane Cisse: "I know I belong in the NBA"

by Jorge Sierra / September 16, 2003
Former prep star Ousmane Cisse may lack an offensive game, but he certainly doesn't lack self-confidence. The 6-8 power forward, who jumped straight to the pros from high school in 2001 and never played an NBA game, will have to walk the talk and prove he belongs in the league when training camp begins in Orlando. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Rick Rickert: "Declaring for the draft was not a bad decision"

by Jorge Sierra / September 11, 2003
Once projected as a lottery pick, Rick Rickert slipped all the way to the 55th pick in the last draft. Now playing for Krka Novo Mesto of Slovenia, the 6-11 forward still thinks there is nothing to regret about decisions made in the past. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Chris Porter: "I still think about returning to the NBA"

by Jorge Sierra / September 5, 2003
Many prep and college stars never hit the big time on the pro level. As of now, Chris Porter belongs to that group. HoopsHype talked with him in the first of a series of interviews with players primed for greatness who couldn't find his niche in the NBA. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Anderson Varejao: "Dunking on O'Neal was the best thing of the tournament"

by Jorge Sierra / September 1, 2003
While the Brazilian team was the biggest disappointment in the Tournament of Americas, its starting forward Anderson Varejao was one of the stars of the event. And the NBA scouts took notice. Read more

[ M A V E R I C K S ]
Donnie Nelson: "When you put something like this together, you gotta know your coach"

by Ken Turetzky / August 20, 2003
Don Nelson, known for his bold dealmaking, credited son Donnie for the nine-player swap that brought Antawn Jamison to Dallas. "It’s Donnie's first major deal by himself," Nelson said, "and I think he made a good one."
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[ W A R R I O R S ]
Eric Musselman: "I have no other hobbies aside from basketball"

by Alex Gozalbo / August 11, 2003
Eric Musselman may not only be the youngest head coach in the NBA, but also the biggest basketball maniac of them all. Read more

[ K N I C K S ]
Maciej Lampe: "I don't know what's going to happen with the Knicks"

by Jorge Sierra / August 4, 2003
Polish forward Maciej Lampe was the big loser in the draft, but he could develop into a steal for the Knicks with time. Whether his time in the NBA begins this year remains to be seen, though. Read more

[ J A Z Z ]
Raul Lopez: "I don't care about starting or coming off the bench"

by Jorge Sierra / July 27, 2003
Coming off back-to-back knee injuries, Spanish point guard Raul Lopez has no other priority right now than proving himself and the Utah Jazz he can play again. Read more

[ R A P T O R S ]
Remon Van de Hare: "I don't think much about the NBA"

by Jorge Sierra / July 20, 2003
Many virtually unknown players are selected in the draft every year. 7-2 Dutch center Remon Van de Hare, the Raptors' second-round pick last June, was one of them. We got to know him a little better. Read more

[ N U G G E T S ]
Carmelo Anthony: "I'm not expecting anything easy"

by Morris O'Kelly / July 18, 2003
Carmelo Anthony, No. 3 pick in the NBA draft, could have very easily been the No. 1 in most other years. After having led the Syracuse Orangemen to the NCAA title, he sets out to return the Denver Nuggets to respectability. Read more

[ N E T S ]
Nenad Krstic: "I want to go to the NBA, but I must stay in Partizan"

by Jorge Sierra / July 12, 2003
Although he's been taking classes, Nenad Krstic's English level has not has progressed at the the same rate as his game. It is not a big problem for the 7-0 Serbian center now, since he won't join the Nets until at least 2004.
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[ B U C K S ]
TJ Ford: "I don't think Michael made the pick"

by Mike Tuck / July 11, 2003
TJ Ford has been a winner on every level despite his size, or lack thereof. He also has been told that he can’t shoot. But he doesn’t care. He just keeps proving people wrong, and now he hopes to prove the Bucks were right about drafting him. Read more

[ L A K E R S ]
Brian Cook: "My game isn't one-dimensional
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by Morris O'Kelly / July 7, 2003
Brian Cook will forever be looked upon as the first major decision by Mitch Kupchak to help return the Lakers to glory. For a team with as much success as the Lakers have enjoyed, this season promises a lot of change and new faces. It all starts with Cook and the journey begins at the Summer Pro League.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Pavel Podkolzin: "I must work hard to be No. 1"

by Jorge Sierra / July 6, 2003
7-5 Russian center Pavel Podkolzin shocked general managers and fans alike when he announced he would not enter the 2003 NBA Draft last month. With some more experience behind him, the goal for Podkolzin now is to be No. 1 in 2004. Read more

[ C A V A L I E R S ]
Paul Silas: "I couldn't be happier"

by Bruce Meyer / June 30, 2003
With all the NBA coaching gigs that were open this summer, it seems that the Cavs job was the perfect fit for Paul Silas and Silas was the best fit for the team. But with LeBron aboard and a young nucleus returning, Silas knows he will be under the microscope. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Boris Diaw: "I resemble to Scottie Pippen"

by Jorge Sierra / June 25, 2003
While overshadowed by his teammate Mickael "Euro Jordan" Pietrus, 6-8 forward Boris Diaw has managed to attract the attention of the NBA displaying a game that reminds many people of Scottie Pippen. Not a bad comparison, according to the Frenchman. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Sani Becirovic: "I want to play in Europe another three years"

by Jorge Sierra / June 24, 2003
Constantly compared to Petrovic, Slovenian guard Sani Becirovic was one of the hottest prospects in Europe two seasons ago. Just returning from a career threatening injury, he will be a second-round pick at best this year. Not that he cares much about that at this point of his career. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Carl English: "Not a lot of people know what I can do"

by Jorge Sierra / June 19, 2003
Canada and Hawaii are unusual stops along the way for NBA stars, but those are the places where 6-5 guard Carl English has grown as a player. Next Thursday, his name will be called by in the NBA Draft. He just hopes it's in the first round. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Anderson Varejao: "I think I will pull my name out of the draft"

by Jorge Sierra / June 10, 2003
NBA fans will probably have to wait one more year to see the high-flying dunks and crazy hair of Brazilian star Anderson Varejao. Two weeks away from draft day, the 6-10 forward is leaning toward withdrawing his name from consideration. Read more

[ S P U R S ]
Tony Parker: "I could have never dreamt of this"

by Jesus Carro / June 9, 2003
Jason Kidd may be the best point guard in the league, but Tony Parker has been the best point guard in the NBA Finals so far. We caught up with him for awhile. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Pavel Podkolzin: "I hope to stay in the draft"

by Jorge Sierra / June 4, 2003
Six months ago, 7-5 Russian center Pavel Podkolzin was virtually unknown outside Varese. Now he is projected by most experts as a lottery pick if he finally enters the draft. And it looks like he will... Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Jerome Beasley: "Give me a year or two and I could be starting"

by Steven Koek / May 28, 2003
Jerome Beasley, last season’s Division II Player of the Year, entered the 2003 PIT as a relative unknown and left with the MVP. We caught up with the 23-year old California native in Phoenix in the middle of his workout tour in hopes of hearing his name called at June 26’s NBA Draft. Read more

[ M A G I C ]
John Gabriel: "I never felt like I was on the hot seat"

by Mike Tuck / May 26, 2003
Orlando failed to get out of the first round again and much of the blame has fallen upon the shoulders of their GM John Gabriel. But Gabe still believes that the Magic are headed in the right direction despite their failures.
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[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Dejan Bodiroga: "You can never say no to the option of the NBA"

by Jorge Sierra / May 15, 2003
In case anyone had a doubt about who is the best player outside the NBA, Dejan Bodiroga put it clear again last Sunday after leading his team to the Euroleague title. It was Bodiroga's third. With nothing left to win in Europe, could this be the time to move on to the NBA? Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Viktor Khryapa: "I don't think about the NBA now"

by Jorge Sierra / May 10, 2003
Ukrainian swingman Viktor Khryapa is one of the reasons why NBA scouts have traveled en masse to Barcelona to attend the Final Four of the Euroleague this weekend. Khryapa's English is as broken as big is his potential. That's why scouts love him. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Maciej Lampe: "I would go to the NBA if I'm in the Top 10"

by Jorge Sierra / May 1, 2003
Maciej Lampe is a young big European forward with the whole package of skills that plays for a second division team overseas. No wonder why many people compare him to Dirk Nowitzki. The 6-10 Polish teenager doesn't think that's a good comparison. He could very well go in the lottery like Nowitzki did before, though.
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[ M A V E R I C K S ]
Michael Finley: "When you win, everyone shines"

by Ken Turetzky / April 23, 2003
Other Mavericks might outscore Michael Finley, but he’s the team captain and the heart and soul of the team’s Big Three. The Mavs struggled when he missed 13 games late in the season. Starting with a first-round series against Portland, Finley’s hoping now to lead Dallas to playoff success. Read more

[ K N I C K S ]
Latrell Sprewell: "I don't want to leave, but this is still a business"

by Morris O'Kelly / April 7, 2003
Nobody knows what the future holds for Latrell Sprewell. Whether he will remain with the Knicks beyond this year is up to Scott Layden. But no matter the result, Sprewell is not worried. He is just going to keep on doing what he does best... playing. Read more

[ T R A I L . B L A Z E R S ]
Federico Kammerichs: "I'll put the national team ahead of the Blazers"

by Jorge Sierra / April 4, 2003
If the 6-9 high-flying, long-armed Argentinean forward Federico Kammerichs keeps improving at the same pace, he could develop into one of the steals of the last draft. Don't expect him to play in Portland soon, though.
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[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Malick Badiane: "I don't know if I will enter the draft in 2004 yet"

by Kris Santiago / April 1, 2003
6-11 Senegalese forward Malick Badiane had such a good performance at the 2002 ABCD Camp that many think he could soon be a high draft pick. Could that happen next year? Too early to say. Read more

[ M A V E R I C K S ]
Steve Nash: "I didn't ask people to think what I think"

by Morris O'Kelly / March 30, 2003
Considering how much controversy his remarks on the war in Iraq have generated, one would think that Steve Nash may back off his words a little bit -- like Nick Van Exel did before. It's not the case. Read more

[ N U G G E T S ]
Marcus Camby: "I need to get my shots"

by Morris O'Kelly / March 22, 2003
Marcus Camby is a player in transition. He has a new team and a new role. No longer playing amongst the veterans and bright lights of New York, he is now the 'teacher' in Denver, trying to bring along young talent in need of direction. Read more

[ N E T S ]
Nenad Krstic: "I don't know if I'll play in the NBA next season"

by HoopsHype / March 10, 2003
Pretty much like his teammate Milos Vujanic, 7-0 power forward Nenad Krstic has emerged as one of the best young players in Europe. Like Vujanic, he hasn't either decided if he will be coming to play in the NBA or not after this season. Read more

[ G R I Z Z L I E S ]
Pau Gasol: "I'm proud of myself"

by Lance Wiedower / March 2, 2003
The Memphis Grizzlies front office may have had everyone asking 'Pau who' on draft day 2001 when they acquired power forward Pau Gasol. But the second-year player from Spain hasn't had a problem handing out the answer. Read more

[ M A G I C ]
Tracy McGrady: "I can't say I'm pleased"

by David Carro / February 19, 2003
Some days before his great friend Mike Miller was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, Tracy McGrady sat and chatted with HoopsHype for a while. And he talked about Orlando, Athens, rings, frustrations... Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Vladimer Boisa: "I won't be disappointed if I stay in Europe"

by Jorge Sierra / February 16, 2003
Estimations have more than 20 international players being selected in the NBA Draft next June. 6-9 forward Vladimer Boisa could very well be one of them and follow the path of fellow Georgians Vladimir Stepania and Nikoloz Tskitishvili in the league. Read more

[ B U L L S ]
Eddy Curry: "Maybe Cartwright has higher expectations for me"

by Morris O'Kelly / February 10, 2003
Eddy Curry didn't just play a game here or there on TV, like LeBron. He was featured in his own show on the Fox Sports Network. You could say the show 'Preps: Chicago Hoops' opened the flood gates of the televised high school ball phenomena we take for granted now. As of yet for Curry, the superstar accolades of high school have not carried over to the NBA. Read more

[ B U L L S ]
Jay Williams: "Doesn't matter who you are, you have to produce"

by Morris O'Kelly / February 1, 2003
The Chicago Bulls have had two other #2 picks in franchise history. You may want to remember them or may not if you're a die-hard Bulls fan. Scott May in 1976 and David Greenwood in 1979 didn't exactly live up to advance billing. More less the same is happening with Jay Williams in his rookie year. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Anderson Varejao: "I still don't know if I will enter the draft"

by Jorge Sierra / January 28, 2003
It took 56 years for Brazil to have its first basketball player in the NBA. With 6-10 forward Anderson Varejao already projected as a lottery pick, it could take just one season to have a second Brazilian in the league.
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[ G R I Z Z L I E S ]
Shane Battier: "Hubie has given us a clear game plan"

by Lance Wiedower / January 24, 2003
Following a rookie season that saw him lead the Grizzlies in minutes played, forward Shane Battier's time on the court has been reduced this year. But don't think he's not making a major contribution to the team's improvement under new head coach Hubie Brown. Read more

[ W A R R I O R S ]
Eric Musselman: "No one thought Troy Murphy would develop this much"

by AJ Hayes / January 16, 2003
At 38, Eric Musselman is the youngest head coach in the NBA. But Musselman's coaching values are hardly new school. Taking after his dad, longtime pro coach Bill Musselman, the younger Musselman stresses the basics: hustle, hard work and fundamentals. And after less than half a season, it looks as if he is the right man to lead the Warriors out of their long funk. Read more

[ C L I P P E R S ]
Lamar Odom: "I'm still getting used to Andre Miller"

by Morris O'Kelly / January 10, 2003
If the fortunes of the Los Angeles Clippers are going to change, the re-addition of Lamar Odom will be the likely reason. Arguably the most all-around talented Clipper, he is just what the team has missed all season... a go-to man. Read more

[ S U N S ]
Amare Stoudemire: "If you want to be successful, you're on your own"

by Steven Koek / January 3, 2003
Off to a record-setting pace for rookies coming out of high school directly to the NBA, Amare Stoudemire is opening eyes all around the league. While awaiting his first encounter with Shaq, he realizes he still has work to do, including bringing the team doughnuts. Read more

[ C A V A L I E R S ]
Dajuan Wagner: "We're going to be good"

by Bruce Meyer / December 24, 2002
Dajuan Wagner's rookie year with the Cavs was set back because of an illness that caused him to miss most of preseason and the first several weeks of the season. But once he stepped on the court, he brought a lot of excitement to a team that already had its share of young talent. Read more

[ P I S T O N S ]
Richard Hamilton: "You can't beat Rip"

by Jon Finkel / December 22, 2002
After learning to play with the greatest player ever on the Wizards last season, Richard Hamilton finds himself learning to win with the veteran Detroit Pistons cast this year. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca: "There is a 50 percent possibility that I declare myself eligible
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by Jorge Sierra / December 11, 2002
Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca was almost completely unknown just one year and a half ago. Now, the 7-0, 19-year-old center is a member of the Spanish National Team whom many project as a first round pick in the next NBA Draft if he declares -- which is still a big if, by the way Read more

[ M A G I C ]
Shawn Kemp: "My role is to do some of the dirty work"

by Jon Finkel / December 9, 2002
Shawn Kemp was once a walking highlight reel. After some turbulent stops in Cleveland and Portland, he's now walking tall as the Orlando Magic's center and as he says, "basketball is fun again." Read more

[ L E B R O N ' S . C O A C H ]
Dru Joyce: "There is no better kid that was made to shoulder all the distractions than LeBron"

by Bruce Meyer / December 8, 2002
Dru Joyce is the head coach for LeBron James, the player most believe will be the No. 1 draft pick next year if he goes pro. Joyce has no doubt that James has the talent to succeed in the NBA, but has more concerns about James dealing with the NBA lifestyle and the losing that usually comes with being the No. 1 pick. Read more

[ S P U R S ]
Tony Parker: "We need a little bit of urgency"

by Steven Koek / December 1, 2002
Spurs guard Tony Parker concedes that Dallas’ strong start will make it tough to win the Midwest Division this year. In his second season in the league and the country, he is grateful for the opportunity to have played with David Robinson and is more than comfortable not to be a doughnut-toting rookie anymore. Read more

[ K I N G S ]
Vlade Divac: "I don't care what the Lakers think about us"

by Bruce Meyer / November 28, 2002
Vlade Divac has played on some good NBA squads during his career, but never on a champion. Now he plays a key role on a team that took the Lakers to the limit last year and has only one more thing to prove this season.
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[ C E L T I C S ]
Eric Williams: "This is the year for the East to knock out the West"

by Karl-Sven Bertelmann / November 24, 2002
Eric Williams might not be one of the Boston Celtics superstars, but he's a perennial defensive stopper who has started all the games this season, bringing the intensity and toughness the team is sometimes missing. We got to talk with him this week. Read more

[ K N I C K S ]
Milos Vujanic: "I don't know if I'm going to play in the NBA next year"

by Jorge Sierra / November 22, 2002
The night the Knicks traded their seventh pick in order to get Antonio McDyess, they also selected an unknown Yugoslav guard called Milos Vujanic in the second round of the draft. That unknown talent has now turned out to be a Balkan version of Allen Iverson, becoming the best player and leading scorer in the Euroleague so far this season. Read more

[ M A V E R I C K S ]
Steve Nash: "We've been playing ugly"

by Jon Finkel / November 17, 2002
After beating the Celtics and the Nets back-to-back, Dallas remains undefeated at 10-0. With injuries to several key players, the Mavericks are relying more than ever on their star Steve Nash, who dropped 30 on New Jersey's Jason Kidd to keep the streak alive. Read more

[ C L I P P E R S ]
Michael Olowokandi: "We've got to open up the court for big men like me"

by Morris O'Kelly / November 16, 2002
Michael Olowokandi is playing like a man who has arrived in the NBA. Depending on whom you ask, it is later or earlier than expected. He has become a force in the paint and added a new wrinkle to his game: consistency. Whether he is showcasing himself for other teams as a ploy for a max-out deal only he knows. Regardless of the motivation, the improvement is significant. Read more

[ C A V A L I E R S ]
Ricky Davis: "Whatever happened yesterday, happened yesterday"

by Bruce Meyer / November 14, 2002
Ricky Davis is the most exciting player on a Cavaliers team that most forecast for the bottom of their division. Coach John Lucas knows that he can be something special in the league, but isn't afraid to send the player a message and bench him, like he did against Indiana. Davis says the two have already talked and now the situation is behind them. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Zan Tabak: "Pitino made some wrong choices about players"

by Jorge Sierra / November 11, 2002
There was a time when European players barely see playing time in the NBA no matter how big of a star they were overseas. Former Pacer Zan Tabak, now playing in Spain, was one of the victims of that situation. We talked with him about his career in the league. Read more

[ H A W K S ]
Glenn Robinson: "Ray Allen will have to make the first move to work things out"

by Steven Koek / November 7, 2002
“Big Dog” is looking to win over the much-maligned fans in Atlanta and come through on management’s guarantee of a return to the playoffs. He is also looking forward to facing his former teammates; just don’t expect him to initiate any conversations with Ray Allen. Read more

[ W A R R I O R S ]
Antawn Jamison: "I'm not going to let my offense dictate my defense"

by AJ Hayes / October 31, 2002
After a decade of negatives, the Warriors are serious about polishing up their tarnished image and restoring the golden shine to the venerable franchise. Leading the clean-up project is budding star Antawn Jamison.
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[ B U L L S ]
Jalen Rose: Vecsey crossed the line

by Steven Koek / October 26, 2002
With the start of the regular season just a few days away, Chicago guard Jalen Rose is ready to cast aside Peter Vecsey, trade rumors and the talk of not getting along with rookie Jay Williams to focus on games that count and making the Bulls better. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Darko Milicic: "Donnie Nelson hasn't contacted me in particular"

by Jorge Sierra / October 24, 2002
The hype around the 7-0 Yugoslav prospect Darko Milicic has not yet reached the levels of LeBron James, but there has certainly been plenty of talk about the player projected to be the first overall pick in 2004 since the Nelsons were fined and suspended last week. Read more

[ C E L T I C S ]
Vin Baker: "I bring leadership"

by Jon Finkel / October 17, 2002
Vin Baker made the All-Star team several times as a Milwaukee Buck. He never quite played up to expectations after going to Seattle. Now he’s in Boston and ready to prove that he is still an All-Star. Read more

[ C L I P P E R S ]
Marko Jaric: "In a couple of years, we can go for the title"

by Morris O'Kelly / October 16, 2002
Marko Jaric is a name that may be unfamiliar to those acquainted only with the NBA, but to the rest of the world he's just about a household name. Although he's only 23, he's played in Europe for many years and won the World Championship with Yugoslavia. Read more

[ R A P T O R S ]
Lamond Murray: "I’m glad I’m no longer in a rebuilding situation"

by Dean Serravalle / October 14, 2002
Although new to the organization, and despite having languished in Cleveland and L.A., losing doesn’t sit well with Lamond Murray. Nevertheless, he’s optimistic about the fertile soil he’s found in Raptorland, where he expects to bury previous stereotypes, and blossom into a bona fide champion contender. Read more

[ N E T S ]
Richard Jefferson: "This team is very similar to Arizona"

by Jon Finkel / October 12, 2002
After reaching the NBA Finals as a rookie with the Nets last year, Richard Jefferson only knows success with the historically down-trodden franchise. As one of the leaders of the next generation Nets, a new winning trend starts with him. Read more

[ S U N S ]
Anfernee Hardaway: "I was on the bad list for everyone in Phoenix"

by Steven Koek / October 10, 2002
After a summer of surgery, rehab and workouts, Phoenix guard Anfernee Hardaway lists himself as healthy, happy and ready to do whatever the Suns need him to do for the team to return to the playoffs, even if it means continuing to come off the bench. Read more

[ O U T . O F . T H E . L E A G U E ]
Michael Wright: "I don't regret having left college early"

by Jorge Sierra / September 29, 2002
Last Friday, Lute Olson was inducted to the Hall of Fame. Few hours later, his former starting power forward in Arizona, Michael Wright, was playing a basketball game in Spain. After being selected in the second round of the draft, he's had no other option but going overseas. Still, he thinks he made the right decision by leaving college early. Read more

[ M A G I C ]
John Gabriel: "Mike Miller is here for the long run"

by Mike Tuck / September 27, 2002
Orlando Magic General Manager John Gabriel had a very busy offseason. But what else is new? He now finally believes the pieces may be in place for the Magic to make a run at the Eastern Conference crown. Read more

[ S U N S ]
Bryan Colangelo: "Marbury has something to play for"
by Steven Koek / September 10, 2002
As training camp approaches, Phoenix Suns President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo talks at length about everything from his rookies’ progress to Stephon Marbury to the Internet to his own destiny of running the family business. Read more

[ M A V E R I C K S ]
Dirk Nowitzki: "We will have a good team if we can play good defense"

by Jorge Sierra / August 16, 2002
Unlike his teammate Steve Nash, Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki will finally take part in the World Basketball Championship in Indianapolis. Once those insurance issues are something on the past, the German star is just focused on the tournament. Read more

[ P I S T O N S ]
Rick Carlisle: "Pitino made me consider the possibility of being a coach"
by Alex Gozalbo / July 28, 2002
Besides from looking like Jim Carrey, Rick Carlisle is the Coach of the Year in the NBA. He made a competitive team out of the Pistons and now faces the future with optimism without forgetting those who helped him in the past. Read more

[ W I Z A R D S ]
Juan Dixon: "I'm going to lift a lot of weights"

by Billy Hart / July 26, 2002
Former Terrapin Juan Dixon was not expected to go as high as he went in the NBA Draft. Now, the 17th overall pick is starting to do what it takes to keep proving doubters wrong. Read more

[ H E A T ]
Caron Butler: "I modeled my game after Paul Pierce"
by Jon Finkel / July 22, 2002
Caron Butler was considered by some insiders the best player on talent alone in this year's draft. However, he slipped to the 10th overall pick one month ago. His main goal now is to make all those who passed on him pay for it -- like Paul Pierce did before. Read more

[ W I Z A R D S ]
Kwame Brown: "I'm forgetting all about the No. 1 pick hype"
by Billy Hart / July 19, 2002
An NBA veteran at the age of 19, Kwame Brown has returned to the Shaw's Pro Summer League, older, wiser and poised to crack the Wizards starting rotation. Read more

[ L A K E R S ]
Kareem Rush: "I've heard Phil Jackson is bad on rookies"
by Jon Finkel / July 18, 2002
Former Missouri swingman Kareem Rush is making his Los Angeles debut in front of home crowds in Long Beach, California's Summer Pro League. Read more

[ W A R R I O R S ]
Jason Richardson: "All the hard work that I've done has paid off"
by Jon Finkel / July 14, 2002
2002 Slam Dunk Champ and 1st Team All-Rookie selection, Jason Richardson, explodes into his second NBA season at the Summer League in Long Beach, California. Read more

[ P I S T O N S ]
Rodney White: "I am a student of the game"
by Mike Tuck / July 12, 2002
Rodney White was the lottery-pick rookie with fewer games played last season. But for the 6-9 forward this is not only about playing, but also about learning. Read more

[ G R I Z Z L I E S ]
Drew Gooden: "I've looked up to Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki"
by Jon Finkel / July 11, 2002
At the Summer Pro League in Long Beach, California, Drew Gooden puts his prized versatility on display as he begins his NBA career with the Memphis Grizzlies. Read more

[ S U N S ]
Casey Jacobsen: "I feel really blessed to be here"
by Steven Koek / July 4, 2002
Away from Stanford’s structured halfcourt system, Phoenix Suns’ newly drafted swingman Casey Jacobsen is looking forward to running the court, having fun and learning from his new teammates. Read more

[ D R A F T ]
Chris Monter: "Yao Ming is a lot more skilled than Shawn Bradley"

by Matt Krumrie / June 20, 2002
With the NBA draft fast approaching, rumors and speculation are running rampant. To get the scoop on the event, no one is better than draft expert Chris Monter. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Qyntel Woods: "I like the Clippers a lot"
by Brian C. Hedger / June 18, 2002
This past season, he was high-flying over junior college competition, thinking of the time when he'd get his chance to shine on a bigger stage. Now, Qyntel Woods is about to become a lottery pick in the NBA draft. Is he ready? We'll find out soon. Read more

[ S U N S ]
Dick Van Arsdale: "We need some help on this team"
by Steven Koek / June 17, 2002
Chosen as the “original Sun” in the 1967 NBA expansion draft, Phoenix VP of basketball operations Dick Van Arsdale has seen over 40 prospects work out in preparation of two first-round picks in the upcoming draft. That's the kind of work that rebuilding a franchise involves. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Jiri Welsch: "I'm comparable to Brent Barry"
by Jorge Sierra / June 16, 2002
You probably have not heard much about Jiri Welsch yet. But you'll sure hear a lot of positive things about him from now on. The 6-6 Czech guard has become one of the hottest European prospects and is already projected as a mid-first round pick in this year's draft. And he could go even higher ... Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Bostjan Nachbar: "Maybe it's better for me to play another year with Benetton"
by Jorge Sierra / June 14, 2002
Bostjan Nachbar is widely regarded as the next Peja Stojakovic. He comes from the Balkans, is oversized for his position and has a huge offensive arsenal, too. And - like Peja did before - he might also stay in Europe after being selected as a first round pick. Read more

[ R A P T O R S ]
Glen Grunwald: "This year's draft will break a little later"
by Dean Serravalle / June 3, 2002
Considered a draft day genius, Glen Grunwald speaks candidly in the midst of an office strewn with videotapes and player profiles. As GM of the Toronto Raptors, his mission is to find the pieces to the championship team puzzle. With the draft fast approaching, this mastermind is already hard at work. Read more

[ K I N G S ]
Bobby Jackson: "Kryptonite against Shaq is a team thing"
by Jon Finkel / June 1, 2002
The Lakers-Kings series return Sunday to the ARCO Arena, where it is to be decided if a dynasty is over. Again, Shaquille O'Neal will have something to say about that on the floor. Kings guard Bobby Jackson just expects team defense on N. 34 to work again. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Nikoloz Tskitishvili: "If I'm in the Top 10, I'll go to the NBA"
by Jorge Sierra / May 30, 2002
6-11 forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili has come a long way from ballet dancer in the Republic of Georgia to basketball star in the making in Italy. The next step in his career should be going to the NBA. But it still remains unclear whether or not he is going to walk that final step right away. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Juan Dixon: "A lot of people are doubting me again"
by Steven Koek / May 29, 2002
Despite being the best player in the NCAA Final Four two months ago, many of those in the know are skeptical about Juan Dixon's chances of making an impact in the NBA. The 6-3 Terrapin star only hopes a team will be patient enough with him in his transition to point guard. Read more

[ N E T S ]
Todd MacCulloch: "We have a lot of momentum right now"
by Billy Hart / May 28, 2002
The Nets were two Paul Pierce free-throws away from letting another double digit lead slip away. Now the series moves back to the Meadowlands and talk in the Nets locker room centers on defending the home court advantage they worked so hard for during the regular season. Read more

[ S P U R S ]
Malik Rose: "We're down, but not out"
by Johnnie Clay / May 13, 2002
Another shooting collapse in the fourth quarter resulted in another defeat for the Spurs in the Alamodome. With the Lakers leading the series 3-1, things are not looking good for San Antonio. But there is still some room for optimism, according to 6-7 energetic power forward Malik Rose. Read more

[ D R A F T . P R O S P E C T S ]
Juan Carlos Navarro: "I'm not thinking about the NBA right now"
by Jorge Sierra / May 11, 2002
Nicknamed "La Bomba" (The Bomb), Juan Carlos Navarro is one of the hottest European prospects this season. With Grizzlies' Pau Gasol as one of his closest friends, the 6-3 extremely quick shooting guard from FC Barcelona already knows what the Draft is all about. But he is not pretty much concerned about it yet.
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[ S U P E R S O N I C S ]
Vladimir Radmanovic: "I'm very proud of how far we've come"
by Johnnie Clay / May 5, 2002
Behind the likes of Gary Payton, Rashard Lewis and Brent Barry, the Yugoslav rookie Vladimir Radmanovic stepped up as one important contributor for the Seattle SuperSonics this season. Now, he's already looking forward to the World Championships. Read more

[ R A P T O R S ]
Hakeem Olajuwon: "You have to run your own race"
by Dean Serravalle / April 28, 2002
Limited court time, delegation to younger players, seventeen years of experience, and the first time he hasn't scored a point in a playoff game in his career, have not hindered the optimism of Hakeem Olajuwon. If anything, The Dream's game has matured into one of wisdom, sophistication and sustenance. Read more

[ S P U R S ]
Antonio Daniels: "The Lakers are still the team to look out for"
by Johnnie Clay / April 23, 2002
Nine new players, eight terrible weeks at the beginning of the year and the Spurs seemed to go nowhere this season. They soon turned it all around and won their division. Guard Antonio Daniels now looks forward to a long run in the playoffs and another shot at the Lakers. Read more

[ P I S T O N S ]
Ben Wallace: "Once you win, everybody gets recognized"
by Brian C. Hedger / April 21, 2002
At the start of the season, Ben Wallace, the brand-new Defensive Player of the Year, was known more for his super tall afro and bulging biceps than his impact on the court. But the muscle-bound Pistons strongman has come a long way from being a throw-in on the Grant Hill sign-and-trade deal. He's quickly become a Dennis Rodman with an offensive game and without the wedding dress. Read more

[ S U P E R S O N I C S ]
Brent Barry: "Ready to go to war"
by Steven Koek / April 11, 2002
It is already a surprise for everybody to see the Seattle SuperSonics back on the playoffs. Now, shooting guard Brent Barry, one of the most improved players this season, is looking to keep on startling people. Read more

[ M A G I C ]
Patrick Ewing: "No decision about retirement until the end of the season"
by Araz Gulekjian / April 10, 2002
This could have been his last time as a player in the Madison Square Garden, but Pat Ewing will only confirm that once the season is over. Then, he will sit down with his family and agent and will make a decision about retirement. Read more

[ M A G I C ]
Tracy McGrady: "I don't think I'm the MVP"
by Mike Tuck / April 6, 2002
Last year, Tracy McGrady was the NBA’s Most Improved Player. This season he could very well be the Most Valuable Player. Many people in Orlando think he deserves the award. Surprisingly, T-Mac is not one of them.
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[ C A V A L I E R S ]
Andre Miller: "John Lucas has made a big difference"
by Brian Lester / April 3, 2002
Things are not looking much better in Cleveland this season. But perhaps Andre Miller could help change the Cavs' fortunes in a near future. 'Dre has established himself as a star and is likely to become the player who brings success to a team far too long mired in mediocrity. Read more

[ S U N S ]
Shawn Marion: "Only one small forward is averaging 18 and 10"
by Steven Koek / March 31, 2002
Some players get recognition very soon. For some reason, others don't. Suns forward Shawn Marion has always belonged to the second group. And he is very conscious of that. Read more

[ J A Z Z ]
Andrei Kirilenko: "The European game really prepared me"
by Stephen Siegel / March 27, 2002
He is tall, skinny, has a huge wingspan, comes from Europe and plays in the Midwest Division. No, he's not Pau Gasol. No, he won't be named Rookie of the Year. But, unlike the Grizzlies star, he won't have to wait to know what it's like to play in the postseason. Read more

[ B U C K S ]
Ray Allen: "The pain keeps increasing"
by Araz Gulekjian / March 23, 2002
This season has been all but fun for Ray Allen. His banged-up knee has gotten so bad that he has already ruled out the possibility of sitting out the remaining 15 games of the regular season as the Bucks make their final stretch towards the playoffs. Read more

[ S U N S ]
Stephon Marbury: "It's so hard to be good and so easy to be bad"
by Steven Koek / March 22, 2002
As the regular season winds down and the Suns are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 13 seasons, Stephon Marbury talks about the team’s confidence level in the wake of a frustrating six-game losing streak and the role of the spoiler down the stretch. Read more

[ B U L L S ]
Tyson Chandler: "I can be as good as I want to be"
by Brian C. Hedger / March 20, 2002
He has the distinction of being the guy the Bulls traded Elton Brand away for on draft day. He's one of the two Bulls' teen rookie lottery picks, but Tyson Chandler has a long way to go to fulfill the hype produced by Jerry Krause. He's just 19 and is already an NBA starter. With this 7-footer, it seems the sky truly is the limit.
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[ M A G I C ]
Patrick Ewing: "I don’t worry about the Knicks anymore"
by Mike Tuck / March 15, 2002
Patrick Ewing is one of the 50 greatest players of all time, but he has zero championship rings. Now in his 17th season, on a good team, in the wide-open East, he may get another opportunity to win what he never won in New York. Read more

[ P A C E R S ]
Brad Miller: "We're really close to winning a championship"
by Les Morris / March 10, 2002
After surviving a brawl with Shaq and being traded out of Chicago, Pacers center Brad Miller has plenty of reasons to be optimistic about his future. Winning a title? Why not? Read more

[ K I N G S ]
Chris Webber: "Peja is the key to winning the ring"
by David Carro / March 9, 2002
The best player of the best team in the league (so far) still thinks the Los Angeles Lakers are the team to beat. It may not be such tough task if Peja Stojakovic starts hitting his shots also in the postseason. Read more

[ L A K E R S ]
Kobe Bryant: "I enjoy the pressure of being considered the next Jordan"
by David Carro / March 7, 2002
For the first time, Kobe has a run on the MVP award this season. He was already the best by far in the All-Star Weekend. And he wants another ring. There is no limit for his ambition. Doesn't he remind you of any other player? Read more

[ N E T S ]
Byron Scott: "We've done heck of a job"
by Araz Gulekjian / March 3, 2002
As the regular season nears its end, the New Jersey Nets keep the pace at the top of the Eastern Conference. Everybody thinks Jason Kidd is the main responsible for their success, but you have to give some credit to the man that sits on the bench. He was one of the few that believed this was possible. Read more

[ S P U R S ]
Tony Parker: "An NBA season is like a marathon"
by Araz Gulekjian / March 1, 2002
Rookie point guard Tony Parker is living a true dream. After being selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 2001 draft (28th overall), the French wonderkid, 19, made an immediate impact with his exceptional speed and key decision-making. Four games into the season, that's all it took for Parker to blossom into one of the premier point guards in the league, earning a spot into the starting five. Read more