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Check out transcripts from player interviews following their workouts.


by: Clippers.com



Click to sort interviews by day: June 15th | June 11th | June 9th | June 7th | June 2nd



JUNE 15TH INTERVIEWS




Ed Davis- 6/15/10


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JUNE 11TH INTERVIEWS




Patrick Patterson- 6/11/10


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Clippers.com: Iíve heard youíre one of the best interviews in the draft. Can you tell me why youíre so comfortable speaking to the media?

Patrick Patterson: Three years at Kentucky, pretty much one of the top programs in America, and youíre always talking to the media constantly wherever you go, whether itís throughout the city and definitely press conferences after the games. I think just being so used to it and being so comfortable around it. Iíve been talking all my life. Might as well get used to it, might as well get comfortable while youíre young and while itís early. I just think Iím mature for my age so Iím confident in front of a camera, Iím confident in front of video cameras. Iím just confident talking.

Clippers.com: How do you think you did out there today?

PP: I donít think it was one of my best performances. I didnít shoot the ball well at all. I wasnít scoring in the post that well. Overall, I think my performance wasnít up to the par of where I thought it should be or where it could be. I take my hat off to these guys, ďIshĒ (Ishmael Smith), the rest of the people that are out here. Theyíre playing great. I think, individual performers, Ish and the rest of them did exceptionally well, but as far as my performance went, I didnít think it was that good.

Clippers.com: How many draft workouts is this for you now?

PP: Five or six.

Clippers.com: How does this one compare to the other ones?

PP: Basically the same. Three-on-three, two-on-two, one-on-one, shooting. Different ones do some transition stuff. This is my first time doing three-on-two and two-on-one. We do ball handling like we did here. Basically itís the same wherever you go. Itís just all about intensity and repetition and just being confident out there on the court.

Clippers.com: What kinds of skills did you showcase out there?

PP: I think I showed my ability to handle the ball at my size. I thought I posted up OK. Scored a little bit. I think I played defense pretty well, contested shots, just let them know I can play perimeter defense.

Clippers.com: What do you feel you need to improve on?

PP: More efficiency on my jumpshot. Better repetition. Also, just better defense, perimeter and in the post as well.

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Marqus Blakely- 6/11/10


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Clippers.com: How do you think it went out there today?

Marqus Blakely: Good. They had me playing the 3, the 4- which is what I would be playing at the next level. Thereís a lot of competition out there: Patrick Patterson, other guys out there. Just working hard, thatís what you have to do day-in, day-out. Overall, it went well.

Clippers.com: All of these guys have seen a lot of tape of you, watched your game- so they knew it pretty well. [Is there] anything you wanted to show you could do more than what theyíve seen?

MB: One of the big things I feel that they canít really see in workouts is when youíre playing five-on-five, getting in the passing lanes, help defense, and simulating a real game. I feel like Iíll be better once I get to that five-on-fiveÖthatís just one thing but it shows your competitive nature in three-on-three, one-on-one, and seeing who wants it more. It doesnít matter if youíre a big man, guard or forward. Youíve got to be vocal and want it more than the other person.

Clippers.com: Any plans for the NBA draft?

MB: No, Iím just going to be back home in Jersey around friends and family and just hanging out. Come [draft day], I hope Iíll get my name called.

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Landry Fields- 6/11/10


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Clippers.com: How do you think you played today?

Landry Fields: I thought I played well today. I thought I shot the ball well overall, with one-on-one and spot shooting so I thought I did pretty well today.

Clippers.com: Coming into these workouts, is there anything youíre trying to show the personnel?

LF: Just that Iím a competitor. Iím out there to win. Shooting has been something Iíve been trying to improve in this offseason before the NBA workouts started. I think itís going well so far.

Clippers.com: Youíre a local guy from Long Beach- getting the home cooking out here?

LF: Itís been nice to live back home and not pay any rent for a little bit.

Clippers.com: I noticed that you played at the same high school as Jonathan Bornstein (U.SA. World Cup soccer player). Have you been following that at all?

LF: A little bit. Iím pretty excited. Something else to watch on TV compared to the usual. Iím pretty excited for the World Cup.

Clippers.com: Any plans for the NBA draft?

LF: Just continue to work hard.

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Armon Bassett- 6/11/10


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Clippers.com: How do you think it went today?

Armon Bassett: I thought it went alright. I would love to come out here and play. I thought it went good. I thought I showed the many ways I can score, thought I showed I can get to the rim, thought I showed I could play point guard and play the pick and roll.

Clippers.com: So you bounced around a little bit. What are you trying to prove now that youíre coming to the workouts? Is there something specific you want them to see?

AB: I think the biggest thing to see is if I can play point guard. In my last situation I played more at the 2Öbut I played point guard at Indiana. Thatís what Iíve played my whole life- just have to re-introduce to them that I can do that.

Clippers.com: Do you have any plans for the NBA draft?

AB: No, I donít know where Iím going to watch it at. Just hoping that I can get picked. If I donít get picked, hopefully I get picked up.

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Ishmael Smith- 6/11/10


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Clippers.com: How do you think it went today?

Ishmael Smith: I thought it went well. I thought we did some good stuff. I was just trying to pick up on everything they were telling us. I tried not to make the same mistake twice.

Clippers.com: All of these guys have seen your body of work. Is there anything specific you wanted to show them?

IS: They know I can break down the defense. They know I can find shooters, hit big shots. I just want to prove that I can be more of a consistent shooter, that I can shoot the ball more consistently. I guess thatís my only knock.

Clippers.com: Most of the fans remember you for your shot against Texas. Is there anything about taking those big shots you try to address day-in and day-out?

IS: I just want to be the guy at the end of the game that relishes those opportunities. I never want to let my team down. I never wanted to lose.

Clippers.com: Do you have any plans for the NBA draft?

IS: No, Iím excited for it though. This is a great opportunity and Iím thankful and I canít wait for June 24th.

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JUNE 9TH INTERVIEWS




Luke Babbit- 6/09/10


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Clippers.com: How do you think you did today?

Luke Babbit: I think I did pretty well. You know, it was a good workout for us. It was competitive. We played a lot of 3-on-3 and got after it. I think we all did pretty well.

Clippers.com: Most of the guys have all seen you play before. Theyíve watched a lot of video. So what are you trying to do out here to show them a little bit more that they havenít seen?

LB: Like youíve said, theyíve already seen all of us play. They saw us at the Combine [in Chicago], in interviews- so itís the whole body of work thatís kind of the last piece, the last chance to show them because the draft is two weeks away. Just try to do the best you can. Youíre not going to completely sell yourself to them in one day. Itís a whole body of work. But you just have to do the best you can.

Clippers.com: For a lot of people, they havenít heard your name a lot (coming from a small program). Youíve seen your draft stock climb up. What do you think people are finding out about you that they didnít know before.

LB: I think the scouts watched me in Nevada. They saw what kind of year I had. I had a good Combine and put up good numbers there. I think a lot of people werenít expecting that. That was something I knew I could do but I think that mightíve surprised some peopleÖIíve been getting good feedback the whole time since I was in college. I think my stockís just been more positive for a while now.

Clippers.com: Are there any players- current or past that youíre trying to learn things from? LB: I like watching different players and trying to take things from them- guys like Paul Pierce or European players. I love watching them, I think theyíre so skilled- like Manu Ginobili or guys like that just have a really high skill level. Thatís one thing I always try to do. Obviously I work on my athleticism and try to implement that more and more into my game. Itís not just one player, itís everybody that I take bits and pieces from.

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Landon Milbourne - 6/09/10


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Clippers.com: How do you think you did today?

Landon Milbourne: I think I did okay. I could have knocked down a couple more shots, played a little better defensively. I think I had the energy and tried to show a little bit of leadership. I am pretty satisfied, and hopefully they are satisfied, with what they saw.

Clippers.com: Is this your first workout?

LM: Itís my third.

Clippers.com: How does this workout compare to your other workouts?

LM: I probably had my best one a couple of days ago and this one is probably my second best.

Clippers.com: Who are you going to watch the NBA Draft with? LM:Just my family and close people. People who have been supporting me since the beginning. Probably going to stay at home, watch the draft, and hope for the best.

Clippers.com: Are those your special workout shoes?

LM: No, actually I got these shoes before the PIT tournament and played pretty good with them so I decided to keep them. Today is probably my last time playing with them. I am kind of superstitious but sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnít.

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Marcus Johnson - 6/09/10


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Clippers.com: What would it mean to play professional basketball in your home town?

Marcus Johnson: Man, it would mean a lot. My family and friends are here, I grew up here. Grew up watching the Clippers. I would love it.

Clippers.com:You transferred from UCONN to USC. Are you happy you made that transition?

MJ: Yes, definintely. Some things came up and I definitely had to do it and I am glad I did.

Clippers.com: You changed your jersey number from 1 to 0 when you transferred to USC. What do you want your NBA number to be?

MJ: Whatever is available, I will take it.

Clippers.com: How do you think you did in todayís workout? MJ: I did decent. Played some hard defense, hit some shots. Just competed. Thatís all you want to do.

Clippers.com: Any special story behind your old-school Jordan sneakers?

MJ: No special story. These are the shoes I had. So these are shoes I wore.

Clippers.com: How many workouts have you been in so far?

MJ: Just a couple. Itís a great workout. A lot of guys here working hard. Big names. Just wanted to come out here and compete and show them what I can do.

Clippers.com: What are your plans for the draft?

MJ: Not sure yet. I will probably end up being here.

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Terrico White - 6/09/10


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Clippers.com: How do you think you did out there today?

Terrico White: I did alright. My shot was falling, my ball-handling was kind of good. So, overall, I did alright.

Clippers.com:How many workouts have you been in so far?

TW: Four.

Clippers.com: How does this workout compare to the other workouts you have been in?

TW: Pretty much the same. A lot of 3-on-3, 1-on-1, shooting drills, ball-handling.

Clippers.com: Do you have any plans between now and the draft?

TW: More workouts and keep working hard every day.

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Jeremy Wise - 6/09/10


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Clippers.com: How did you think the workout went today?

Jeremy Wise: I think I did pretty good. Matched up well with the other guys so it was a pretty good workout.

Clippers.com: You are a quick player. Which NBA player do you admire the most?

JW: [Rajon] Rondo and Brandon Jennings.

Clippers.com: How many workouts have you been in so far?

JW: This is my ninth one. It feels good. I like the whole process of traveling.

Clippers.com: You play for the Bakersfield Jam. What would it mean to you to play in LA?

JW: Itís a dream. I love playing at STAPLES Center. Everytime I play, there is just something about it. Clippers.com: You are taking a similar path to the NBA as former Clipper Mike Taylor. Do you know Mike?

JW: I donít know him but the coach from my D-League team used to tell me about him all of the time. So Iím just trying to follow in his footsteps.

Clippers.com: Any plans for the upcoming draft?

JW: Watching it with family, friends and agent.

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Latavious Williams - 6/09/10


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Clippers.com: How do you think you did today?

Latavious Williams: Did pretty good. Put a lot of shots up, did a little fast break up and down, that went well.

Clippers.com: How many workouts have you participated in so far?

LW: Seven.

Clippers.com: How does this workout compare to the others?

LW: They are about the same. Everybody is doing 3-on-3, pick-n-roll, get shots up. Donít do too much full court stuff.

Clippers.com: What do you think your best asset is in these workouts?

LW: Just going out there playing real hard, just trying to get better.

Clippers.com: You went from high-school straight to the D-League. How do you think that prepared you for where you are now?

LW: Just got me ready for playing the pros every night. Going out there gotta be on your ďAĒ game. Canít slip up. You just gotta go out there and play hard.

Clippers.com: Was going to the D-League a good choice?

LW: Yes, it was a real good choice.

Clippers.com: Any plans for watching the NBA Draft?

LW: No, just hoping for the best.

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JUNE 7TH INTERVIEWS




Ekpe Udoh Interview - 6/07/10


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Clippers.com: How do you think you did today?

Ekpe Udoh: I think I did well. That was a good workout.

Clippers.com: Since you took a year off between Michigan and Baylor, you really missed the game. So what are the things youíre trying to focus on?

EU: Just being versatile on offense, being able to do everything in the workout, extending my range so I can extend the defense.

Clippers.com: It looks like your really know your spots. Do you have any sort of drills that you work on?

EU: No, I usually do five-spot shooting and a lot of skill work.

Clippers.com: Do you have any plans for the NBA Draft?

EU: Probably go to New York City, hopefully get called into the Green Room.

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Eric Bledsoe Interview - 6/07/10


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Clippers.com: How do you think you did today?

Eric Bledsoe: I think it went great. Playing against all great talentÖit was very competitive. It was real competitive out there and I think I did real great. Clippers.com: Have you kept in touch with your draft eligible Kentucky teammates?

EB: I got up with John yesterday. We were hanging out, we went to the game [NBA Finals, Game 2]. We talk to each other pretty well and talk about how our workouts have been going and stuff like that.

Clippers.com: Was it fun watching the game?

EB: It was fun to see Rondo play. I look at how he gets to the hole, gets to the rack. I really look at him a lot.

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Avery Bradley Interview - 6/07/10


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Clippers.com: How do you think you did today?

Avery Bradley: I felt like I did okay. I can always do better but it was fun coming out here and playing with these guys. Clippers.com: Playing for Texas, you had kind of an underwhelming year for your expectations. What were the things you learned that helped you become a better player?

AB: Firstly, leadership and how I can be a leader. And I learned how to face adversity. Having a good year and then going bad, you have to face a lot of adversity and [I] tried to fix things. I felt like I matured and I feel like thatís going to help me out at the next level.

Clippers.com: Maturity is something to focus on. Was there anything specific with that?

AB: Just taking that leadership role. Just like I said, with being the younger one on the team but still having the strength to step up and talk in front of all of the guys. Thatís the main thing for me. I got to earn my respect.

Clippers.com: Do you have any plans for the NBA Draft?

AB: Right now Iím going to NY. Itís a one in a chance lifetime thing so Iím going to go and enjoy it with my family.

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Hassan Whiteside Interview - 6/07/10


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Clippers.com: How do you think you did today?

Hassan Whiteside:I think I did pretty good. I think I could have finished a little bit more but it went okay. Clippers.com: Was there a specific skill that you wanted to show today?

HW: That I can shoot the ball and that I like to get low post position to block shots.

Clippers.com: Maturity is something to focus on. Was there anything specific with that?

HW: Just taking that leadership role. Just like I said, with being the younger one on the team but still having the strength to step up and talk in front of all of the guys. Thatís the main thing for me. I got to earn my respect.

Clippers.com: You had a quote: ďI never visited a school that showed a stranger so much love (like Marshall). They really embraced me in the community.Ē (Source: NBADraft.net) Do you see yourself as a loyal teammate?

HW: Yes, just really loyal. Loyal to the team. I donít think it is about names. Itís really about the team and the players and the coaching staff. Basically somewhere you can fit in.

Clippers.com: Do you have any plans for the NBA Draft?

HW: Just bringing my family [to New York]. I donít have any special plans.

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Jerome Randle Interview - 6/07/10


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Clippers.com: How do you think you did today?

Jerome Randle: I think I did pretty good, it was really competitive. Great group of guys and everybodyís competing real hard. Clippers.com: How will your experience in college translate to the pros?

JR: I know it [my college experience] really doesnít mean anything to them. Basically all you have to do is prove yourself once again. I have been the type of guy to have to prove myself all over again because of my height. It really doesnít matter. I am just coming out here and trying to compete and show them that I can pass the ball, I can shoot, I can defend, I can do everything.

Clippers.com: On being a court leader:

JR: I just try to lead by example. When it is necessary then get into the guys and give them criticism and that is what I do. You have to really get to know the person before you try to criticize and get into people.

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Willie Warren Interview - 6/07/10


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Clippers.com: How do you think you did today?

Willie Warren: I did pretty good. Tried to show them a lot. Tried to lead, talk, be focused out here. Try to get everybody pumped up because these coaches and GMs, everybody in here knows, every guy in here can play. They have seen us play and if we couldnít play we wouldnít be here. I just want to come in here and work hard and not be tired on my knees the whole time and show them I am in shape. Clippers.com: Is there anything you want to show here that you think they might not have been able to see?

WW: That I can play a lot of point guard. That I can help with the ball. A lot of teams are looking for that one guard who can be a threat: come off ball screens, read ball screens and score. I can do all of the above.

Clippers.com: Did Blake Griffin [Warrenís college teammate] give you any pointers about how go through a workout?

WW: He just said every workout I go to, to be in attack mode. Try to compete with whomever is in front of me. I took his advice today.

Clippers.com: Do you have any plans for the NBA Draft?

WW: My mom is going to throw a draft party but I am going to be so nervous Iím probably not going to even watch.

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JUNE 2ND INTERVIEWS




Gordon Hayward Interview - 6/02/10


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Clippers.com: So how have the workouts been for you?

Gordon Hayward: Itís been good. This is my second one so Iím still getting used to the process. Just got to get out there and compete and thatís always fun. Just playing basketball.

Clippers.com: So how similar is this to a practice?

GH: Yes, well, I think it depends on what team you come from and how you practice. Where I come from it was a lot of defensive scouting stuff. Team's always working on the game. I think itís a little different here. More of how to evaluate talent to see if you can play.

Clippers.com: So how do you try and adapt to this?

GH: Youíre just out there competing. They want to see that you can compete and play hard. You only have so many opportunities to do this, to go out there and play as hard as you can.

Clippers.com: You have a very nice shot, any tips for the people?

GH: (Laughs) Practice. Use what you got.

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Paul George Interview - 6/02/10


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Clippers.com: Pretty spirited workout, how do you think you did?

Paul George: I think I did alright. I think I did pretty good. Tried to defend. Tried to play my game, kinda.

Clippers.com: How do you try to adapt to the workout environment?

PG: Every day is a new day, and youíre always trying to do something different. I think thatís the biggest part of basketball, not every day is going to be the same. You have to learn to play through adversity and definitely that was the case for today.

Clippers.com: Have you done any workouts besides this one?

PG: Yeah, this is my fifth workout.

Clippers.com: How does each workout compare? PG: All of them are pretty much the same. Little different ways of doing things. But as far as competitiveness Iíve been working out with Xavier Henry a countless amount of times. Itís always good to see the type of players youíll be up against.

Clippers.com: Anyone you were looking forward to play with in particular?

PG: Gordon. We had a good relationship at the Draft Combine so it was good to come out and see him again and work with him.

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Xavier Henry Interview - 6/02/10


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Clippers.com: Overall thoughts on how you performed today?

Xavier Henry: I think I did alright. I didn't do as well as I've been doing. I still competed hard, still made shots, still drove to the basket- got to do whatever I really wanted to do. But I slipped and fell a couple of times and missed a few easy ones. But it was pretty good so far.

Clippers.com: Was there anybody in particular you were looking forward to playing with today? Or impressed with?

XH: Nah, I usually play with the same guys for most of my workouts. It's the same guys- me, Paul [George], Lazar [Hayward]...I haven't seen Gordon [Hayward] until today and I haven't seen Scottie [Reynolds] but he works out with me in Los Angeles so I've pretty much seen everybody.

Clippers.com: Your thoughts, coming from a competitive school, seeing Blake [Griffin] here. Close to home, I guess?

XH: Yea, I haven't seen Blake in a long time but we got the same Yoga guy. I got to see him today. He was joking around with me so it's cool.

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Marquez Haynes Interview - 6/02/10


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Clippers.com: What did you think of your overall performance today?

Marquez Haynes: I think I did alright. I wanted to come and show my athleticism, ability to get to the basket and knock down open jump shots- so I think I did that and played decent defense.

Clippers.com: You transferred [in college from Boston College to University of Texas-Arlington], got more minutes, got more playing time. How do you think that has affected you?

MH: I think the scoring probably got me noticed. I was the leading scorer in the country. But playing at a smaller school there was probably some question marks about, you know, could I do it against higher competition. So it definitely helped me get noticed, you know, but I think it was a good decision.

Clippers.com: What do think will make you stand out? MH: I think my athleticism will help me stand out, especially at my size. Iím pretty fast, I can get up pretty high. Definitely I can shoot the ball very well, with pretty good range. And my defense, guarding the ball. Those are things that I want to highlight.

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Lazar Hayward Interview - 6/02/10


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Clippers.com: How was the workout for you?

Lazar Hayward: You know, it was going pretty well, had some good competition, really competitive which makes it fun. Overall I think it was pretty good.

Clippers.com: Was this your first workout?

LH: No, no. This is myÖ fifth I want to say. Fourth or fifth.

Clippers.com: How did this workout compare with the other workouts?

LH: Some are a little different, but this one is definitely high intensity like the other ones. They like to see you get up and down the floor. We did some really good drills. Iíd say this is definitely up there with all the other workouts.

Clippers.com: Was there a particular player you were impressed with?

LH: Overall I think everyone did pretty well. Everybody was pretty much what I expected. So I'd say it was a good workout and it was very competitive.

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Scottie Reynolds Interview - 6/02/10


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Clippers.com: The first question I want to ask you is a strange one: I hear there is a Scottie Reynolds Day?

Scottie Reynolds: (Laugh) Yeah. Itís June 28th.

Clippers.com: How did that get started?

SR: I got a call from the mayor one day and he says ďUm, you know we want to honor you with Scottie Reynolds Day.Ē I was on the phone and I laughed, you know? ĎWho is this for real?í But now I have that day, and the dayís on my grandfatherís birthday.

Clippers.com: You got to choose the day?

SR: Yeah, I did.

Clippers.com: A nice honor.

SR: Yeah. I got a plaque and I got everything. Itís well appreciated. It feels good. They offered me it and I respect that and I love my town.

Clippers.com: How have the workouts been going?

SR: Itís good. We work out, we compete hard and we leave it all out there. Then you go back into the gym and wait for your next destination.

Clippers.com: Based on your play, it seems youíre a pretty vocal leader. Do you make an effort to do that?

SR: I think you have to be confident and vocal as the top leader, top guard. I think it gives confidence to your teammates and to everyone else on the floor. I try to make that conscious effort and hopefully they [the talent evaluators] notice that.

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