SHARING SMARTS WITH ROOKIE
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.