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Miquel
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Singleton has given an interview for a local newspaper..I read it on ACB.com. Obviously it's in Spanish but as I know there are some "die hard" Singleton fans here I've tried to translate it the best I can...

Here I go:

Singleton: To sign for Tau is a step forward in my career

Next station, Tau Ceramica.How do you feel?

I'm very expectant. I've never had any problem to play outside the USA. I love so much this game that I don't mind wherever I have to play it.

Do you go out from NBA ready to revindicate yourself after not having minutes playing the last two seasons for the Clippers?

That's it. This is one of the most important reasons why I've decided to come back to Europe. I don't mind to play for a great team, although Tau is a great one,but to feel I'm part of a team.I want to feel proud about what I do and to feel that I can give something to the team. This is sometimes complicated in NBA. Honestly, in the Clippers they never gave a serious opportunity. This is why I return to Europe, to retrieve these sensations, this feeling, and to try to help Tau to win championships.

What do you know about your new ballclub?

I'm trying to get the more information I can.I'm looking in Internet in order to know more about the team, their players, our opponents and the city. .

¿And what's your first impression about TAU?

I can assure you that I'm getting a lot of information. It's clear I'm joining to an elite team, very competitive. I know last 3 years TAU has been one of the best 4 Europe teams and has been near from winning the ACB championship. Maybe TAU needs an important player to get it and let's hope I could help to this goal.

Luis Scola leaves to the Rockets and you come to Spain.

Yes, it's a globalization effect. He comes to USA and I go to Vitoria. I know TAU has lost some players lately because of the NBA. Some players come some players leave: that's the basketball nowadays.

Inside TAU men won't have an easy task trying to replace Scola.

At the end it doesn't have to be impossible to try to be competitive. Replace him it's gonna be a team work. Personally, I don't thing it's gona be a complicated issue. If it was the first time I play in Europe, then maybe it could be complicated.

So do you have fresh the european style after your trip for Italy.

Yes, I think. I still remember how I have to play there after playing 2 years in Italy. This stage was very useful for me to develop myself as a player and to improve my fundaments, as far as to know a different style. At the end there are so many differences with NBA. It's clear the rules are different and maybe in the USA there are more athletic players. But at the end basketball is basketball everywhere.

When did you decide to go overseas?

A week ago more or less.NBA contracts and the free agency were going very slow this summer and didn't see any interesting option. I didn't want to wait more and I got the opportunity to come back to Europe.I want to return to feel that I'm a basketball player, try to be useful for my team.

I hope you could have understood something!!!!Sorry

Clips84
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Singleton would have been a diamond in the rough! But Dunleavy didnt give him the opportunity to grow and mature. He could have been a great asset to keep for a longer contract b/c it'll give him time to improve as each season goes by. Watch and see...he'll go back to the NBA and sign with a team...and surprise everyone with a Championship ring!

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Thanks for the post Miquel. Yeah too bad James didn't wait just a little bit longer- it sounded like he signed right before the news of the EB injury! But I wish him the best of success and eventual return to the NBA.

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Yeah, that is true. He could have gotten a spot back and definitely more playing time if he would have waited a bit.

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