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NBA INTERVIEWS April 29, 2001
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Wally Szczerbiak Interview
By INSIDEHOOPS.COM 

Taken 6th in the first round of the 1999 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wally stands a bit over 6'7" and weighs 244lbs. He was only the second player in Miami (Ohio)'s history to pass 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists. Wally plays small forward next to Kevin Garnett, and is making nice progress as a player. We caught up with him in the final week of the NBA regular season for a brief minute or two.

InsideHoops: What do you think of the NBA defense rule changes next season?

Wally Szczerbiak: I honestly have no idea, I don't know what the rules are; obviously you're allowed to play a zone, so, I don't agree with it, I think it's just going to be interesting to see how it works, I think the game is fine the way it is.

InsideHoops: So what kind of things have surprised you about yourself and this league in your time?

Wally Szczerbiak: Well you know this is my second year this year, so, I learned a lot from my rookie year and just become a part of a winning team and really been counted on night in and night out, so it's a good feeling for me.

InsideHoops: And what did you need to work on the most?

Wally Szczerbiak: The main thing was getting healthy this year, and, I'm looking forward to this summer and expanding on my game, working on a lot of things to make myself an even better player, but last summer I was doing a lot of rehab on my knee, so that was my main objective coming in.

InsideHoops: As for the playoffs, what kinds of things does the team as a whole need to make sure you do?

Wally Szczerbiak: Well, we match up well against San Antonio, or possibly Sacramento, we just have to come in and play our game and get everyone involved, play aggressively, play confidently, we're going to be the underdogs, but it's going to be a good challenge.

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