Had a chance to re-connect with former Washington guard Abdul Gaddy last Friday at the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro-Am. He scored 14 points on 7-for-13 shooting and had eight rebounds and five assists.
Gaddy played on a team that included Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving and Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green, the former Sonics rookie.
Here’s the interview.
(How has your summer been?) “It’s been good.”
(Why?) “Playing basketball. No school, but playing basketball. And enjoying myself.”
(Where did you play this summer? I saw you were in Las Vegas.) “I did Vegas with the (Charlotte) Bobcats in the summer league.”
(How was that?) “It was good. It was fun. It was a new experience and I enjoyed myself.”
(What did you take away from that experience?) “Just how to handle myself as a professional. I know a lot of things that coach Romar taught me in school helps me at that level. But it was fun.”
(And from there?) “I came back here (Seattle) and I’ve been working here. Working out with Jamal and those guys every week. Jamal, Will Conroy and B-Roy (Brandon Roy). It’s been fun. Just getting better and enjoying playing basketball.”
(And what are you learning from those guys?) “I couldn’t even tell you because I learn so much. It’s just about playing basketball and playing with a swagger. All of that stuff. Coming out here and playing in these big games against big names, it’s all about having fun at the end of the day.”
(It’s to know, but are these games real basketball? And by that I mean, are they competitive? Where would you rate these type of summer-league games?) “It’s a mix. Really at the end of the day, you don’t want to lose. In the fourth quarter it probably gets a little more competitive where guys are actually starting to guard each other. At the same time, sometimes guys don’t really want to get embarrassed so they don’t play as hard. But in these types of games, I try to give myself a mix of trying to have fun and being competitive because I want to win the game at the end of the day.”
(I know you frequently play with Brandon Roy, but tonight you were on the floor with Kyrie Irving and Jeff Green and I’m thinking you can pick up something from that.) “It just gives me confidence to know that I can play at that level. Knowing those guys – Jeff Green is a teammate of one of my best friends (Avery Bradley) – so I already knew him. It’s fun. I’m just enjoying myself.”
(So what’s your plan moving forward?) “Training camp next month with the Bobcats.”
(When is that?) “End of September. I’ll probably fly out Sept. 15 or 16. Get acquainted with the guys and go from there.”
(I know very little about the Bobcats. What do they look like?) “Young team. We got a lot of good guys. We got a new coach. I expect us to be good. I expect us to compete. We got Cody Zeller, our draft pick. We got Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. A lot of young guys. We should be able to compete and get better. It’s going to be a learning year for us, but it will be a year that we grow and get better for next year.”
(Again, I know very little about the Bobcats, but I’ve covered a lot of NBA training camps. Often times you have as many as 12 invitees competing for one and maybe two spots. Have you figured out what Charlotte is looking for?) “I don’t know. They told my agent a lot of good things. My job is to go in there and make them make a tough decision. Make them keep me. I’m just going to go in there and do what I’m supposed to do. Be coachable, work hard and just play basketball.”