Jeff Foster interview
Now in his 11th season, all with the Indiana Pacers, center Jeff Foster knows his team as well as anyone. He's been through multiple Reggie Miller game-winners, a brawl that you may have heard about, and a trip to the finals.
Playing 15.9 minutes per game this season, his lowest since the 2002-03 season, Foster is averaging 3.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
Randy Zellea of Inside Hoops met with Foster in December to discuss being a veteran with a young team, his favorite memories and teammates, and the difficulty of back-to-back games.
InsideHoops.com: You have seen a lot of changes in the franchise. Are the Pacers on the right track?
Foster: We went from a championship contender to rebuilding, back to a contender back to a rebuilding process. I donít think we are that far off from getting back to a contender, and making the playoffs seems like a good possibility.
InsideHoops.com: Has there been any frustration through the rebuilding process?
Foster: Anytime you donít win and you are a competitor it becomes frustrating at times. I think we are on the verge of being more competitive and winning more games, and hopefully I can help the growing process of this franchise.
InsideHoops.com: Do you have any favorite moments from your career in the pros?
Foster: I have had a great career and have been with a great organization. I had the opportunity to play in the NBA finals against a very good team. I have had a lot of great teammates, and there so many great memories; too many to list. There are a lot of things I will take with me when I step away from the game.
InsideHoops.com: Being here for as long as you have, did you have any favorite teammates?
Foster: There are so many of them. Obviously to play with a Hall Of Famer in Reggie Miller is something I will always remember. Jermaine OíNeal, Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington are all great friends I have made over the years. There are so many I have not mentioned but they were all wonderful people. We had great comradery, but that also shows how much turnover we have had in the last few years.
InsideHoops.com: Tell us something that an NBA fan dose not understand about being a pro.
Foster: I donít think the fans realize the behind-the-scenes responsibility that players have. Also, when we play away one night, another team might be waiting for us in Indy to play us the next night. While they watch the game at the hotel, we arrive home at 3am in the morning. I donít think fans realize things like the effect of playing back-to-back games have on us and what goes into it.