On his fashion
I'm a casual guy.
Nice baggy jeans and a little button-up shirt. Now that I'm making a little
change I can get clothes that fit me right. I have two closets, one for suits
and dress clothes and another for my Adidas sweat suits and that kind of gear.
I got a couple different flavors.
On his nickname,
I was in fifth
grade on a neighborhood team [in Denver], and my coach, Bobby Wilkerson, gave
everyone a nickname. For whatever reason mine stuck. In my neighborhood when I
go home, everyone still calls me Smooth. I got a lot of pride with that
On how he makes
those clutch shots he's famous for
You don't think.
You can't think. I take that shot with the same ease as a first-quarter shot. I
just play and whatever happens, happens. I gravitate to those situations. I
consider that the biggest challenge in any sport, having the outcome of the
game in your hands.
On being fifth in
the MVP voting
I was proud to see
my name there with all those great players. People are starting to recognize my
talent. It was kind of crazy that they said the biggest thing that hurt me was
that I played with all these All-Stars. I don't see how that hurts. It didn't
hurt Steve Nash when he played with Shawn Marion and Amar� Stoudemire last
year. Why does it hurt me? (More on Detroit on page 42.)
On who his MVP
vote would have gone to
If I couldn't vote
for myself? Probably Kobe. With the team he had, no one expected them to make
the playoffs. He kind of willed his team there. He's great, probably the best
player in the league. A great defender, too.