On having played
for seven teams and having been traded six times
I know it's part
of the business. But the transition of moving, finding a place to live,
sometimes buying all new clothes, that's tough. I look at it like if you're
traded, somebody wanted you. And I've been in some blockbuster trades! I was
traded for Charles Barkley, for Jason Kidd; for some pretty notable names.
On learning last
summer that he had been dealt from the Timberwolves to the Clippers
I didn't feel
anything at all. I didn't know if this team was serious about winning or if it
was happy being in the lottery every year. When I met with [coach] Mike
Dunleavy, I asked if he wants to win. He told me that's why he wants me here,
to make him and this team a winner. Before that I was like the rest of the
league, I thought this organization didn't care about winning.
On the Clippers
being Los Angeles's "other" team
They've got a lot
of history on the other side of town. I don't know that we can surpass [the
Lakers] in the national mind. It's going to take more than one winning season,
that's for sure.
On the titles he
won with Houston as a rookie in 1993-94 and again the following year
They mean so much
more to me now. Coming into this league, I didn't understand the importance of
winning titles. I never thought it was easy. We had some tough battles with the
Knicks and the Magic--O.K., the one against the Magic was kind of easy--but the
first one wasn't. I was treated in my first couple of years, and I haven't been
On playing at
Baltimore's powerful Dunbar High, which has won 10 state titles since 1993
competition. We had guys who were the 10th or 11th men on the team who could
have been starters at other schools in the city. Some guys had to wait two or
three years just to get out on the court.