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Q: What gets you more excited, the opening night of one of your movies or the opening game of the NBA season?
A: For sure, it's the opening game of the NBA season. Even when I was on location with the movie shooting in Thailand, I had a team trainer, Johan Wang, working with me…. It's funny that some people thought I shot the movie last year, which they pointed to as a reason why I struggled at times last season. But that's not true. I shot the movie two summers ago and then came back and had my best season [a career-high 24.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in 2005-06]. Basketball is first with me.
Q: The NBA off-season has been filled with stories regarding the Lakers and Kobe Bryant. Have you followed the nearly daily drama?
A: I can't help but follow it. People ask me all the time about the Lakers. But the way I see it, they are a team that made the playoffs. They are competition to us and where I come from, you want to wish the worst on all your competitors.
I haven't seen the video of Kobe bashing the organization, but I've heard about it. Kobe has to handle the situation the way he feels that he needs to. He's an NBA veteran who knows what he's doing.
Q: Were you fatigued at the end of last season?
A: It's funny that people said that I was worn down…. But I averaged a higher shooting percentage. I had less shots because I had less touches as teams began to defend me different with double-teams and stuff. I don't think I was worn down, especially when I shot at a higher rate. It wasn't like I shot 34% from the floor. To average 21 and nine and still have people claim that I wore down is disappointing. But I just use that as fuel. As motivation for this upcoming season.
Q: The Clippers were one of the NBA's most disappointing teams, failing to qualify for the playoffs after reaching the second round in 2006. What happened?
A: To miss the playoffs by one half-game was very difficult for everyone. A lot of it falls on me as a leader and it falls on Sam Cassell as a leader. We have to pay closer attention to detail. We can't let up.
Q: Did the rocky relationship between Coach Mike Dunleavy and swingman Corey Maggette have an impact last season?
A: I don't think that it had an effect on the team because Corey was so professional. He came off the bench and never griped. He went at it hard every game and never tried to divide the team. We'll have to see how things go between them this season.
Q: You have an option in your contract that could make you a free agent after the 2007-08 season. Do you plan to sign an extension with the Clippers soon?
A: I'm not going to be like Gilbert Arenas and say that I'm definitely going to opt out. But of course, I am concerned about the direction of the team and how we're going to play this out. I definitely want to win some ballgames and we have enough talent to win now.
But really, I'm not looking at it in any way other than to let this play its course. There's no time frame. I just turned 28, and I feel that I have time to get my rings. There's no pressure or stress on me. No one ever promised me that I would get rings here. They only promised to get the best product they could. It's hard to win it all. There are plenty of teams that never won.
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