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Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 11/20

November 21, 2014
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On Enes Kanter and contract negotiations
I think Enes is very ambitious, and we want to use his ambition and his work and, you know, his obvious skills at 6-11 to integrate that into the group, so it’s clean integration where i–you know, where we’re, when we integrate his skills, we don’t want it to be at the cost of another player or the team itself.

And last game was a great example, of Enes and Trey [Burke] and Alec [Burks] leading the group to a comeback victory, and I see that coming.

I, again, we just gotta remind everybody on Enes, is he should be a senior at Kentucky this year. And something tells me he’d be pretty good if you put him in a college basketball setting…Enes’ work capacity’s great, and we wanna capitalize on that.

Are you a better team this year than last year?
I’d say that the West is so daunting, and it’s one of the things I love about being in the West…Our guys, as they develop and they learn how to win, they’re doing it under the highest possible level of competition.

And so, you’re only as good as you are relative to your competition. And the West is as daunting and as deep as I’ve ever seen it before. Even the rebuilding clubs have very significant talent, and they’re coming together, and so I think it makes for very interesting plots and storylines along the season.

But I do, I love it for our group. I love it for our group because there’s no way to escape the competition. Night in, night out, our guys are gonna have to bring it, and that’s a great way to develop a young group, in my opinion.

So, again, I don’t mean to avoid the question. It’s just, it’s always relative to your competition, and we’re nowhere close to where we wanna be, but I think we’re at the start of a real interesting and special foundation.

Do you, at some point, need to start Dante Exum?
Of course I understand everybody’s excited about Dante, and you know, the size and length and skills and that Aussie charisma.

And that’s one of the reasons why we’re excited, but that can be in conjunction with Alec Burks. That can be playing with Trey Burke…He can play with Joe Ingles and Gordon [Hayward] in the back court.

So, he’s a playmaker. So whether it’s as a “one” or a “two” or a small ball “three,” you know, a few years down the line, he’s someone that can go off the dribble, he can read the court, his shooting’s developing.

And we’re excited, Quin’s very excited about him, because with Dante, he’s just a very mature ma–young man. He’s been raised great, and we don’t have to tell him something twice. And that’s, I know that sounds simple, but that’s really profound in many ways when you’re dealing with a 19-year-old who was playing high school basketball in Australia last year.

Just imagine the jump in competition. And he doesn’t seem overwhelmed. He’s poised, he’s, certainly, he’s gonna get knocked around, and, but again, the biggest goal is to build an emotional, physical, even spiritual base here to allow him to work from a strong base going into next season.

And in some ways, he’s already exceeded what I thought that he could do, within an NBA game, and so, you know, good for him and we’ll build from that point. (1320)

One Comment leave one →
  1. Diana permalink
    November 23, 2014 6:08 am

    I think we should start a count for how many times its mentioned that Dante
    “was playing high school basketball in Australia last year”
    It seems like the new Paul Millsap lead the NCAA in rebounds for three straight years. Or Matt Harpring played football.


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