San Antonio Spurs’ first-round NBA Draft pick Kyle Anderson
Q: Kyle, what is your first reaction to being drafted by the San Antonio Spurs?
A: My first reaction is ‘Wow.’ It’s a great organization. Guys really care about developing their players. That’s something that you can see from the outside looking in, watching such a great time like that and great coaches. I’m just really excited to be a part of it.
Q: You have been described as the best passer in this draft, the way the Spurs play, is that sort of tailor-made for your game?
A: Yeah, I think so. Watching the Spurs since last year’s playoffs, you know, I can really tell how much and how well they share the ball. Everybody gets everybody involve.d I think that’s one of my best attirbutes coming into this league. I think that I could fit in with the offense really well, you know, once I get to learn it and everything.
Q: Did you work out for them at all?
A: No, no I didn’t.
Q: What was your first contact with the Spurs?
A: A meeting with the front office guys at the NBA Combine. That was the first time that I got to sit down and speak with them. And, you know, before my name was called today was the second time. Two good talks with them.
Q: What was your impression of them?
A: Well, you know, just guys who are about business. And that is somewhere where you want to be, where it’s very business related. They let me know what they are about, and I think that I can offer what they are about. It’s an amazing feeling. I think that I can fit into their system. I am going to work my tail off this summer and just find my spot out there to be a great teammate.
Q: In 25 words or less, give us a quick scouting report on Kyle.
A: Well, just a guy – on the court or off the court?
Q: On the court.
A: On the court, just a guy who is unselfish, who likes to get his teammates involved. I think that I can make shots and I can rebound the ball well. I’m a great teammate. That’s what you saw a lot with the Spurs in the postseason.
Q: Do you like that nickname “Slow Mo”?
A: It’s cool, yeah, I love it. I love it. I really embrace it.
Q: At any point during the playoffs or the NBA Finals, if you were watching the Spurs, did it ever cross your mind that this would be a team that you would fit in with perfectly? And did you ever have that thought while you were watching?
A: Yes sir, I was watching them since the postseason last year and the great regular season they had last year, I could tell from the way that they play that their half-court system is very good. They all share the ball really well. I think that’s what I can do. So, you know, watching them play a bunch of times, I always thought that I could fit in with the Spurs very well.
Q: What is your take on Boris Diaw? Some people say that you resemble him a little bit.
A: Man, he’s a great player to watch. I’ve watched him this postseason, and he’s great. The way he can share the ball, to knock down open shots, he’s a great teammate. Those qualities and characteristics can take your very far in the league. I’ve followed him since he was in Phoenix. To watch him win an NBA title this year, and to watch him be a key component was amazing, really. You can tell that he really knows how to play the game.
Q: Have you been in contact with any of the current players, or do you know any of them?
A: No. I don’t know any of them. I’m just looking forward to being able to meet all of them.
Q: And I’m assuming that you are planning on being at the Summer League later this month?
A: Yes, sir. Yes, sir.
Q: Do you speak any foreign languages?
A: No, no. No foreign languages for me.
Q: You better learn.
A: Yeah, yeah I will.
Q: If you had to pick a player who you were most looking to learn from right now, on this roster, who would it be, outside of Boris?
A: It would have to be Tim Duncan. Just a guy who is one of the all-time greats to play this game. He has won so many championships. Just a great player in general. That’s someone who I’m really looking forward to learning from.
Q: He may not talk to you the first year.
A: That’s cool, I understand that I’ve got to earn my spot. That’s cool. I can learn from a distance.
Q: How old were you when Tim Duncan was drafted in 1997?
A: How old was I? I was four years old. 1993. I was four years old.
Q: Cool, Kyle. Thank you very much. I think we are done for now. Congratulations.
A: Ok, sounds good. Thank you.