28th pick, San Antonio Spurs
Q: Talk about being selected by San Antonio?
I'm very happy. I think it is a great situation for me, a better team for me. To play with [Tim] Duncan and [David] Robinson, they're going to get back to the finals conference. I think it's good for me to play over there.
Q: Did you have any indication that they would select you?
They told me that if I'm available at 28 they might take me. I thought I was going to go 21 to Boston or 22 to Orlando, but I'm very happy to be 28 going to San Antonio.
Q: What does it say to you that two European point guards went in the first round? Were you surprised by that at all?
No. Utah told me that they were going to take Raul Lopez because they wanted a player who was going to stay in Europe. He has a contract to stay five more years in Europe. So I knew they were going to take him.
Q: Talk about the adjustment you're going to have to make?
I have to work hard because everything is going to move faster here, more physical. So I have to hit the weights and prepare for the next season.
Q: Are you definitely playing this season?
Q: Was that your idea all along? No matter where you got picked?
Yep. My wish before the draft was to be picked by San Antonio. I think I'm not going to be available, so I'm very happy. I think it's a good team for me.
Because it is easier to play with Duncan and Robinson. Penetrate, pass the ball and hit the open shot -- that's an easy job.
Q: How about the uncertainty of Avery Johnson since he's a free agent and that Terry Porter is getting older?
I don't know if they are going to re-sign [Johnson]. In the team, I'm going to learn. They play like 20 years in the NBA, so I'm definitely going to learn.