•What else have you learned to do this year, besides avoiding open warfare?
I can rebound. I mean I can rebound professionally. Consistently. Last year there'd be periods when my timing was messed up. I didn't always know when to go to the boards. Now I've learned.
•Is your dribbling any better?
I always could dribble, but I didn't always know when to dribble. That's something else I think I've learned this year.
•The commonest question that's asked about you—and maybe it's a dumb question, too—is: What's the best way to use you? A lot of people say all you've got to do is to get the ball to Lew and he'll score. And when the Bucks aren't getting the ball to you, the fans think it's stupid and shortsighted. What about it?
Well, the whole thing's a big oversimplification. I can be very effective, sure, but my effectiveness isn't self-perpetuating unless it's used correctly. It becomes futile to keep passing the ball to me and expecting me to stuff it. Then the other team starts climbing all over me and I'm useless. I don't care whether I'm on your team or who's on your team, you've got to play as a team, got to do all your different things and mix 'em up, keep the opponent guessing.
•Like your team at UCLA?
Right. When all live guys are out there win king, then the big guy's effective and he stays effective. That's one of the problems Wilt has had. They expected him to do it all. Power, power, power. But after a while they ground him down. You can't power everybody, and the other teams begin getting to you.
•Have the Bucks become a little lazier on defense, with you in there to back them up?
Not at all. They've hustled on defense. Defense has won a lot of games for us this year.