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.
What do you think of the NBA defense rule changes next season?
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.
So what kind of things have surprised you about yourself and this league
in your time?
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
And what did you need to work on the most?
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.
As for the playoffs, what kinds of things does the team as a whole need
to make sure you do?
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.