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Q: A year ago, you’re in Vegas just starting your season and now you’re on the road with Steph Curry and Kevin Durant. Are you still in the surreal state or do you feel like, “Yeah, this is where I belong”?
A: I think it’s a mix of both. It’s crazy to be a part of such a great organization and sitting alongside such great people, and being able to say that they’re on my team and I’m on their team is crazy. It’s amazing I’m able to tell people that, that I know Steph, that I know Coach Kerr; it’s crazy.
Q: I heard you got a text from K.D. this summer, and since you don’t have his number, did you say, “Who’s this, and please stop bothering me?”
A: Yeah, I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t even respond for 30 minutes because I wanted to make sure it wasn’t a joke or anything. Then I finally responded, and I was just amazed that Kevin Durant was texting my phone telling me how happy he was to be a Warrior and happy to take me under his wing and teach me throughout the process. It was crazy.
Q: Going back to the draft, when did you realize going to the Warriors was going to happen, or was it totally out of the blue?
A: For me, it came totally out of the blue. I had no idea I was going to land in Golden State. When I got picked at 38, I just started crying. I was so happy. And then about 15, 20 minutes later my dad came in and told me I was traded to the Golden State Warriors, and I couldn’t really take it in because I was still crying. But then processing it I was like, “I’m on one of the best teams in the league, if not the best.” Thinking about playing with Steph, Draymond, Klay and Iguodala and Shaun and all those guys was just awesome. They had just come off losing in the finals and I was like, “Damn, they just came up short.” But then I started looking forward and seeing that I was going to be a part of this great team that’s been talked about for the past few years, and I just couldn’t believe it.
Q: Was (last Sunday against the Suns) that moment when you felt that you had arrived?
A: I think so. A lot of people were saying I had a great game, but I was just doing the little things my team needed. That’s the great part of being a part of such a great team, and if I do the little things, playing great defense, knocking down the open shot and helping my team win and doing whatever it takes, I think that’s going to help take me over the top.
Q: You play great defense, so where did that come from?
A: I think I really learned how to play defense from my dad. I really learned how to play the overall game from my dad, and my dad was a defensive guy, a team guy. He was a point guard that liked to distribute the ball, get his teammates involved. He was one of those guys that was going to do whatever it takes to help the team win. Ever since I started playing, he’s been guiding me, showing me the right way. Defense is the key to everything.