New York Knicks player Chasson Randle spoke to the media before the NBA London Games 2019, in which his side will face the Washington Wizards.
Q: Do you think you can win the game in London?
CM: We have to go out there and execute the game plan and do the things that help us win games so if we can do that we have a chance to win.
Q: The Knicks are without Enes Kanter, do you see this as an advantage for you?
CM: It’s a tough situation, I don’t know everything that’s happened with him. I wish him the best. Anytime that you feel your safety is in danger, you have to do what’s best for you.
Q: Do you think it’s a good idea for football teams to go to America?
CM: Yeah I think it’s great. It gives our kids a chance to see how they play. My first time going to a football match was last year at Real Madrid – I loved it. The fans, the excitement, the players, the skill that they show out there is amazing. It made me a fan of soccer, I hadn’t watched it before. I think it would grow our game in America.
Q: How much will fatigue play in the game tomorrow?
CM: Hopefully it doesn’t play too big of a factor but I guess we’ll see. At the end of the day, we can’t use that as an excuse, we have to go out there – play hard and fight hard. These are the things that will help us win the game.
Q: What are you doing in preparation for the game?
CM: Yesterday we got a good sweat in – try to sweat out the flight. Today we had a pretty good practice and tomorrow is going to be physical on a defensive end, play as a team, move the ball offensively and play the way we play.
Q: Did you expect Luka Doncic’s impact in the league to be like that?
CM: Yes, I played with him last year. What he’s doing is great, I saw his greatness with Real Madrid last year. He’s amazing, he’s a special, special talent. He has the ability to continue to do this and I’m happy for him for sure.
Q: Barca coaches said the real basket is Euro-League and not the NBA. What do you think about that?
CM: I think that basketball in Europe is different from basketball in the NBA. You can’t say which one is real and which one is not. At the end of the day, it’s still the game of basketball. It’s different pace, different style. But at the end of the day, you’ve got to put the ball in the hoop and the rules are the same.
Q: What did think about it as a player?
CM: To be honest, I can adjust. I’ve played in Europe for a couple of seasons. I’ve played in the Czech Republic and I’ve played in Spain with Real Madrid. I’ve played a couple of seasons in the NBA and I feel like I’ve been successful at both so at the end of the day, you’ve got to go out there and do your job and put the ball the ball in the hole – that’s basketball.