SHAR­ING SMARTS WITH ROOKIE

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

Q If you are to get more touches in­side, the new point guard Scoochie Smith will need to get you the ball. Just from my watch­ing, it looks like you two are spend­ing a lot of time to­gether and you are help­ing him ad­just to Aus­tralian life?

A I need to make him feel com­fort­able, he is only in his first year out of col­lege. I had the same re­la­tion­ship with Travis Trice last year. I am try­ing to take him un­der my wing in his first year as a pro and in Aus­tralia. The thing that has stood out for me is that Scoochie (right) is a very smart player. He likes to see train­ing and he stud­ies the game. It has not taken him much time to learn the plays even though he is not prac­tis- ing yet. He can sit and watch and has it al­ready. To have (some­one) with that type of smarts is good for us. It is go­ing to be so much eas­ier when he gets back on the floor. I am try­ing to be bet­ter for my team­mates than what I was last year. I thought I needed to drop a few more kilo­grams to not just help my­self and my health but the team as well.

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