GAME TIME MAGAZINE: ERIC BLEDSOE Q&A

Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe has burst on the scene this season, using his otherworldly athleticism to tilt games in the Clippers' favor on both ends of the floor. In the latest issue of Game Time Magazine, Bledsoe talked about refining his game by learning from Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups, his days at the University of Kentucky and what video games he prefers. 

RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW

This is my third year in the NBA and I have had the opportunity to play with and learn from what I consider to be two Hall of Fame point guards in Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups. It has been tremendous to play with them and they are two different types of players and that too is exciting. Right now I feel like the game has slowed down some for me and I believe I am now taking my game to another level.

SLOW…IT…DOWN

When I say slowing the game down, that is a positive. I still play my fast-paced style but when the game slows down it allows you to see the little things – the right passes, where to lay the ball up. My first two years I was a little more out of control, I was still learning what to do.

WELL SUPPORTED

My teammates have told me during this whole time that I can play with anybody. It is all about a mindset, it is all about knowing that you are better than some of the players at your same position. I know that I can come off the bench and make an impact. It is about coming into a game and doing what I can do. I give my teammates a ton of credit for telling me that.

BIGGEST ASSET

With my game, my biggest asset is being a point guard who can get into the paint. I think that I can get into the paint anytime I want to. What I have learned is that when I do get into the paint, I do have options.

STILL IMPROVING

Shooting remains an area that I can improve in. This year my shooting was great early on because I was not thinking about it. When it comes to the open shot I can learn a lot from Chris in how patient he is. With the way teams defend me it is about getting behind a screen and shooting it. Chauncey too is very patient. Watch him how he goes under the screen he doesn’t hesitate to shoot the wide open shot. That is the correct play versus always trying to get into the paint and sometimes forcing things.

BIG SHOT

I have shot a basketball my whole life and it is both physical and it is mental as well. Overall I think confidence plays a huge role in shooting.

KENTUCKY BLUEGRASS

Before I joined the Clippers I played basketball at the University of Kentucky. There the game of basketball is very important. It is important for the fans. There is not a lot to do there so they really support the team. It is hard to describe. The fans, the coaching staff, the basketball program is everything and the kids who go there love it.

RIGHT TIME

During my time as a Wildcat I believe I had grown and matured to the point where I was ready for the challenge of the NBA. I believe that my coach did a great job preparing me. There I grew as both a person and as a man. I just felt that it was time to leave. ‘BAMA Home is Birmingham, Alabama. That is where I was born and raised. It is a big city but it is country as well. The city is real chill, real slow compared to L.A. which is sort of fast. It is a pretty big transition to go to Los Angeles.

DOWN TIME 

When I am not on the road, when I am not at STAPLES Center or at our training center, I tend to be low-key. I like to spend time at home and play video games. I love Call of Duty. As for my teammates, DeAndre Jordan is pretty good at games and real good at the FIFA soccer game. Chris, though, is terrible at video guys.

GAMER

I also play basketball video games. For NBA 2K obviously I play as the Clippers and that is real fun to play against friends. I have to play myself of course and I think the video game portrayal of myself is pretty accurate, though I think I shoot the ball better in real life.

Note: The above Q&A also appears in Game Time Magazine with the headline: "One-on-One with Eric Bledsoe"