Hornets.com 1-on-1: Ryan Anderson
By: Kyle Bass, Hornets.com
It’s hard to be overlooked when you’re not only leading your team in scoring, but more importantly when you’re leading the entire NBA in three-point field goals. However, that often happens to New Orleans Hornets forward Ryan Anderson. With Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis grabbing many of the headlines regarding the Hornets this offseason, Ryan Anderson may have been the team’s biggest acquisition. Anderson has led an injury-plagued team thus far this season, and that’s a big reason why he’s likely to represent the Hornets in the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston. Anderson, who is no rookie to the All-Star festivities, caught up with Hornets.com at an All-Star balloting event in Marrero to talk about that experience:
Hornets.com: What’s it like to be able to actually meet the fans that come out and vote for you to become an All-Star?
Anderson: It’s a special experience. We have such a great following here. We have so many great fans that come and support us. This was something on the West Bank that some people may not have been able to make it to (due to inclement weather), but they really showed up and showed us a lot of support. It’s very encouraging and great for the city to have our backs.
Hornets.com: Last season when you were with the Magic, the All-Star Game was hosted in Orlando and you participated in the three-point contest. How cool was it to participate in the weekend and do so in front of a crowd that was rooting for you?
Anderson: It was a surreal experience. It was great to be able to do that in front of a lot of great friends and family. Orlando was a city that I really grew in, and I experienced a lot there in three years. It was just a really great experience and it was a lot of fun.
Hornets.com: What was your favorite part of All-Star weekend?
Anderson: Just being there. Getting to compete in the (three-point) contest, then being right by the court and watching the dunk contest. I had never dreamed of doing anything like that, so just being a part of that is something I have to pinch myself (to realize it’s real) about from time to time.
Hornets.com: Between the skills challenge and the dunk contest, which of the other All-Star events do you think you would have the best chance of winning and why?
Anderson: [laughs] I think I would be lucky to be in any other event, so I’m just going with no comment.
Hornets.com: Imagine you’re a player who is known only for his high-flying dunks, and has the ability to pull off the craziest dunk attempts known to mankind. You’ve been chosen to participate in the dunk contest. Name a creative dunk you would attempt to win the crown.
Anderson: So I’m not myself? Obviously, I would have to be a showman. You can’t just go out and do something athletic anymore. You have to do something creative. It would definitely involve possibly an alley oop from the rafters. I feel like that’s not a bad idea right now.
Hornets.com: Being such a threat on the perimeter and leading the league in threes may mislead many people to think that the only part of your game is airing it out from distance. To all the people who have you labeled as just a three-point shooter, what is the one thing about your game you think people should take notice of?
Anderson: Obviously, I like to shoot threes. It’s something that I’ve always done. This summer, I really worked on going off the dribble and trying to create shots when guys like to close out hard on me or like to focus a lot of defensive attention on me. I need to figure out different ways to score, so going off the dribble is something that I feel like a lot of people feel like I don’t do very well. I think I’ve had a few games where I’ve been able to prove some people wrong about that.