It’s an extremely interesting question and it’s like, for me, I could put up numbers in terms of games won and lost. For me personally, it’s a lot, because in a game like NBA and in the college game, you play one game, but in the NBA you go for 10. I don’t remember the number of games. I’m not sure why. I do remember games played in college that I’m very proud of. They were big games, and you play like 100 games. For me, it’s like, I want to be a top 10 player and I want to win my games in the NBA. That’s what’s most important.
You said in the post interview: “I like to beat someone down, not just in this game but in games of my life.” Is that in your brain?
No, that’s on paper. I wrote some of it on paper. I’m not going to put it in my head, but I’m not trying to say. I know what I want to be, and that’s the NBA player that I want to be. My first goal is to win this summer league championship and I want to be the NBA player that takes over the league. And that’s my thing in basketball. I want to win the games. I want to do my best to make the game fun to watch. It should be fun to win a game.
For sure, and you’re a great motivator. Do you want to be a great motivator?
I don’t know. I’ve never had something like, what, that’s what I need to get up off the floor and run a team? Just run a team. I’ve had a lot of things of that nature. But for me, I have to be a good player, and I’m going to work hard to do that. I can control it. I can be the one who gets on the floor when it’s 3-1, and I want to be the shooter or be the playmaker or the defensive big. I don’t want to just have these things on paper. I want to do them. So I’m going to continue to work hard and play hard every day.
You’re always playing, whether it’s in pickup games in the morning or in a game with friends or in practice games or in the middle of the season. Do you ever take off?
The best way I can describe it is, to this point,
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