Exclusive Eddy Curry Interview
Eddy Curry was taken straight out of high school by
Chicago early in the 2001 draft. He's a big, promising young center, learning the ropes
with Tyson Chandler and all the other young Bulls. InsideHoops.com interviewed
him late in the 2002 season and talked about getting used to the NBA.
InsideHoops.com: Tell me how your life changed from the
time you got drafted up till now.
Eddy Curry: Well my whole personality is a lot more serious now. I have a lot
on the line. I can't afford to make the same mistakes I made in the past. It's
a lot more serious, and I really put a lot more thought into everything before
I do it.
InsideHoops.com: What's the bigger challenge, learning the way the game works
on the court, or conditioning and getting into shape?
Eddy Curry: It's both, I mean, the conditioning part kind of takes care of itself
- you play a lot of games, and hopefully you get a lot of minutes in, so the conditioning
part takes care of itself. It takes getting used to just having the whole mindset
of going in there and playing against these guys you've seen on tv for so long,
all-stars and everything.
InsideHoops.com: How does it feel to go against favorite players that you used
to watch on tv?
Eddy Curry: My favorite player from the last couple of years has been Rasheed
Wallace. When I got in the league and I finally had a chance to go up against
him, you can't help but to be in awe over him. Michael Jordan was the same way,
Michael Jordan was my hero growing up as a kid, and I just happen to be on the
same organization that he was in for such a long time. At times it can be overwhelming,
you can't help but to be in awe of some of these guys, but at the same time we
got a job to do.
InsideHoops.com: What are the biggest things you want to improve about your game
Eddy Curry: I want to be a better defender. I think that's what's lacking in my
game right now, is my inability to defend, at times. But, it's going to come in
time, I'm just a rookie, I'm trying to get everything in right now. I realize
it's going to take time, but I'll be okay.
InsideHoops.com: Is anyone in particular helping you develop?
Eddy Curry: You get a lot of help from everybody. I mean, this whole organization
has been great at helping the young players and even the older players need help
sometimes, so I mean we kind of help each other and keep each other on our toes.