CLIPPERS.COM MONTHLY MAILBAG, FEBRUARY 2014
Clippers guard Darren Collison answers your questions in the latest edition of the LAC Mailbag. Submit your question here or use the hashtag #LACMailBag to do so on Twitter.
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@THE_REALKYLEM, What was your favorite part of All-Star Weekend?
“ My favorite part of All-Star Weekend was the game itself, the main event. The All-Star game gives some of the best players in the world a chance to compete against each other. We get to see who’s going to take the MVP out of all of those players.”
@THE_REALKYLEM, If there was an event that you could pick to play in, what would it be?
“Definitely the Skills Challenge. I would definitely use my speed and quickness to win that challenge. You know, shoot a jump shot at the top, pass… that’s definitely my challenge.”
@IMRANQ805, Playing professionally in your home town, have you encountered anything you weren’t expecting?
“Well, I’ve expected everything that I’m encountering right now. Ticket things… everybody’s asking for tickets. I knew that was going to be a problem, and sometimes it is. But, everything is as expected. I’m just happy to be a part of it.”
@CONORSNIPER167, How long have you known CP3? What is your motivation before playing a game, if you have one?
“I’ve known CP3 since I’ve been in the league, since my rookie year. My motivation before every game is that we haven’t won a championship this year for this organization. It’s always good to be a part of something the first time doing it and I want to be a part of that.”
@RAYBANDZ2700, How does it feel to be back playing with CP3?
“It feels good. He’s a heck of a player to play with and an All-Star player as you saw this weekend. I’m just looking forward to having a lot of success with him going down the stretch.”
@AAAUTUMN, Who’s the most encouraging on the team?
“The most encouraging on the team… I would have to say Willie Green. Willie Green is probably the most encouraging on the team. He says a lot of good things, positives that whenever we’re down, or when I’m down or our team is down, he’s got the right thing to say.”
@KJNEPTUNE, Who is the best singer on the Clippers? Do you sing?
“You mean, besides myself? (laughs) I haven’t really heard anybody sing on the team. I mean Blake [Griffin], he tries to sing every now and then, but it’s not better than I do. He just needs to work on his vocals a little bit.”
@JARRETTFELDHAUS, Who is the most difficult player that you’ve guarded?
“That’s a tough question. Stephen Curry, his ability to shoot… you know, he’s not your average point guard. He can shoot from anywhere so you’ve really got to be on your P’s & Q’s with him.”
@HACIBEY, Who was or is the most talented player you have played with?
“I think it’s a tie between CP [Chris Paul] and Blake [Griffin].”
@LOBCITYTHUG, Who’s been the greatest teacher/coach to help you get to where you are now in your career?
“My parents. My parents have definitely been a role model for me. They played professional sports themselves and they’ve helped me get though a lot of things.”
@RICARDOC81, What aspect of your game are you currently working on?
“Three-point shooting. I think that three-point range is the most important aspect that we need for this team. Everybody’s talking about my speed, quickness and ability to get into the paint, but just working on my three-point range can definitely help out as well.”
@OPARIKH91, What is it like to play for Doc Rivers? And can he be tough on you from time to time?
“He’s always tough, no question. I think playing for Doc is one of the best experiences a player could ever have. He doesn’t just help you as a player, he helps you as a person. “
@JACOBIE, What is it going to take for the Clippers to make the Finals?
“I think with this last stretch, we want to be able to get off to a real good start to the second half of the season and have a good momentum coming into the playoffs. I think this is going to be real key… If we have a good stretch going into the playoffs, I think we’ll have a good shot at it. It’s going to be up to this last stretch that we have in the second half of the season.”