So I would say it’s strange, but in a positive way. It’s just like AAU—being around your teammates for a long period of time. Just mingling, creating that off-the-court bond with your teammates, it’s more important than anything.
What are you doing during your off time?
I’m always with my teammates. Always, whether it’s playing pickleball out in the parking lot, golfing, fishing. On our off days, everybody goes to the pool. We made it a thing. Around 12:30, after treatments, everybody finds a way to meet up at the pool. And we’re there for like three or four hours, listening to music, having a ball. And I think that just shows that even though we’re away from our family and our friends, we are a family at the end of the day. Being on a team. That’s all we have in this bubble. I think guys are just doing the best job they can to make the most of it.
Before you were on the Mavs, you played for the Knicks. Every organization has their own perks and flaws and positives and negatives. but what’s been different for you going from that franchise to the one you’re currently on?
With Dallas, the ownership and the coaching staff and the GM and the president, everybody is on the same page. And, let’s just be honest: Rick Carlisle has been with the Mavericks for over a decade. It’s kind of hard when you have a coach and they’re only there for a couple years and then you get a new coach and then a couple years pass and then there’s another coach. It’s hard to build on that. I think once the Knicks get the right people in there to do what they’ve gotta do, then everything will go in a positive direction.
You probably think this is a weird question because you’re his teammate, but how hard is it to process the things Luka Doncic does, considering he’s only 21?
The first shot this guy takes when he comes into the gym, it could be a half-court shot, it could be a full-court shot. When there’s two courts together, he can shoot from one side of the court all the way to the other court’s basket. He does these crazy shots when he’s messing around before practice even starts. And he does them over and over again until he makes a couple.
The guy is incredible. I’m happy to be along for the ride.
How are you feeling about the playoffs?
We have a great chance in this bubble to surprise a lot of people. It’s not gonna be easy, but if we can do that, it’s gonna be exciting. So don’t expect anything. Just go out there and take it.