Anthony Bennett NBA pre-draft interview quotes
NBA pre-draft interview quotes from Anthony Bennett, a 6-8, 240-pound forward who played college basketball at UNLV. Here's what he had to say the day before the 2013 NBA Draft:
Q: There are rumors out there, which Iím sure you have heard that you can go in the top three. What would that mean to you and what does that mean for the state of basketball in Canada?
Anthony Bennett: It would mean a lot to me to be picked 1-3. Tristan Thompson did that two years ago, becoming the highest draft pick at four, and it would be cool to beat that. This shows that basketball is on the come-up in Canada. We have a lot of young talent, players in college right now, so the next couple of years should be good for us.
Q: Have you visualized that moment and what it would feel like being called by David Stern?
Bennett: Itís something I try not to think about because itís crazy just thinking that Iím finally here after years of playing basketball and people talking about me and doubting me. Itís just a real cool experience to finally be here.
Q: When you get to the NBA, what position do you see yourself playing long term?
Bennett: Probably stretch four. Right now Iím thinking stretch four but later on in my career maybe I will play the three. I feel that playing the stretch four is an advantage for me because Iím quicker than most power forwards. I can shoot the ball well. Iím efficient so I can use that to my advantage.
Q: Talk about being compared to Larry Johnson and who do you model your game after?
Bennett: The Larry Johnson comparison is on the spot. I watched the game where they played against Duke in the Finals and they blew them out by 30. He was doing everything on the court, hustling, shooting the ball, dunking, setting screens for people, which is a mirror of what he did and what I did.
Q: Being from Canada does it give you an extra chip on your shoulder to be one of the guys that could make it to the NBA and pave the way for others that are coming up through Canada?
Bennett: Yeah, throughout high school and even my only season in college a lot of people have been doubting me, saying I canít do this, do that and Iím too small, but at the same time I just focus on me and the team. I work hard every day and this is what has gotten me here.
Q: The team that ultimately drafts you, what are they getting? What are your strengths?
Bennett: Iím versatile. I can shoot, post-up, I run the floor, rebound, get my teammates open. Iím unselfish. I feel like Iím a nice character and I donít have my own agenda.