Kyle Singler: "I haven't made up my mind about next season"

Kyle Singler: "I haven't made up my mind about next season"


Kyle Singler: "I haven't made up my mind about next season"

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Emilio CobosWhat expectations did you have going into the Spanish League?

Kyle Singler: Coming here, I was just expecting to play till the lockout ended, but what I expected to get out of this is playing against good competition.

Why Spain and not another country?

KS: The reputation of being a good league. I felt like it was the right situation for me in order to play and contribute to a team that needed help.

Had you ever envisioned playing overseas while you were in college?

KS: It really wasn't an option. When I was in college, I thought about putting my name in the draft, get drafted and then go to the NBA. Playing overseas wasn't really an option for me, but when the lockout happened I wanted to play and this was the only thing available for me. It's a good situation and I'm glad it happened.

You passed on playing in Detroit because the other option was Real Madrid, right? Had it been Lucentum Alicante or the Pistons, you would be playing in Detroit, I guess.

KS: Probably. Just having an offer to play for one of the best teams in Europe was an opportunity I considered because of their reputation. If the option was staying in Alicante, I probably would have gone to Detroit.

Were the Pistons upset about your decision?

KS: I really didn't talk to them about it. I didn't discuss the decision with them. My agent kind of talked about it with them. I was basically not involved. I know they were disappointed, but they've been so supportive… We've talked once or twice since I decided to stay.

How did you feel about falling to the second round of the draft? Was that expected or a surprise for you?

KS: I knew I was going to be a late first-round pick or an early second-round pick. I wasn't really surprised, but I was disappointed that I wasn't in the first round.

Emilio Cobos

No regrets about staying for your senior year?

KS: No, not at all! Not a lot of kids nowadays get the chance to spend four years in college. I feel fortunate to be able to be a college kid, play basketball with great teammates, experience winning a national championship and experience being a senior.

Is there anything that's going to beat the feeling of winning an NCAA title?

KS: It's tough to top that. Playing my senior year and not being able to repeat, that was really disappointing, but I accomplished a lot over my career and, looking back, winning the national championship was one of the best moments.

Are you watching the Pistons games this year?

KS: I know they are not doing too well. But they are a team that's building, they are young and they are not going to have a great year. But as long as they compete and play hard, that's all you can ask for.

What's going to happen with you next season?

KS: I have not decided. I haven't made up my mind yet. I can stay for another year or I can go back. I really don't know. I'm not leaning one way or the other. I'm concentrated and focused on playing here right now and winning basketball games.

What would be a successful year for you with Real Madrid?

KS: Just being a solid defender. Scoring when I get the opportunity. Mainly just helping my team win. I've always been the type of player that puts the team first. If we win championships, I'll be happy regardless.

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