Before the Oct. 30 game against the Detroit Pistons, our Kyle Ratke was able to sit down with second-year shooting guard. Here's a bit of their conversation:
KR: I remember last year when you worked out for the Wolves and now head coach Flip Saunders. Do you remember anything specific about that workout? Most guys say he’s pretty tough.
KCP: Yeah, he’s pretty tough. I mean, he went through a lot of stuff. But still, that’s all about just to see if you’re ready or not.
KR: After your rookie season, the team brings in Stan Van Gandy. What have you learned from a coach like that who’s regarded as one of the best coaches in the NBA right now?
KCP: You can learn a lot. You can learn how to win. You can learn how to be coached. The only way to play basketball… He teaches you how to be perfected.
KR: This season it looks like you’ve got a big opportunity on a team with plenty of young and old talent. Where do you see yourself fitting in?
KCP: I fit in well. We all have different roles and if we all play them well, that’s what brings us together. (It) brings chemistry to the team. We’re just trying to keep it that way.