The new member of the Oklahoma City Thunder spoke with the media on the 2018 NBA London Game, his goals for his first seasons with the Thunder and what it’s like to play with Paul George, Russell Westbrook and Dennis Schroder.
Q: How excited are you about your new start at OKC?
A: “I’m really excited. You know, I just came back from a long injury. Not that long, but it felt long to me. And I’m just excited to get things rolling again.”
Q: What is it like to play alongside players of the caliber of Paul George, Russell Westbrook and Dennis Schroder?
A: “It’s a blast. They’re three highly intelligent, highly talented players. And it’s just a blessing that I get to play with them and learn from them every day.”
Q: Do you think your new teammates can help you improve your own game this season?
A: “I can learn a lot of things. I mean, they’re both pretty good all-around players, so I just take bits and pieces every day from defense to offense and try to incorporate it with my own game.”
Q: Do you have any personal goals for the upcoming season?
A: “I just want to be the best player I can be. That’s always been my goal. Probably play more minutes, help my team a little more. That’s about it.”
Q: What are your memories of your trip to London with the Celtics and the NBA London Game?
A: “It was cool and it was a really good environment at the London Game. I was surprised at how many people came and how many people are actually involved in the NBA every season in Great Britain, so it was great.”
Q: Is that something that you hope to be able to be part of again?
A: “Yeah, definitely. I’d love to be able to do something like that in any country. It’s a good experience.”
The 2018-19 NBA season tips off tonight on Sky Sports, the new home of the NBA in the UK with more than 170 live games throughout the season. Tune in to Sky Sports Arena from 1:00am to watch all the live action.