CP: Let's just say we didn't get along.
The best point guard in L.A. is ...
CP: I'm a little biased.
You're not nervous about Steve Nash going to the Lakers?
CP: Why should I be? You have to play the games.
How do you think the media would have reacted if you'd lost the gold medal game?
CP: Man, good thing we don't have to worry about that one. What made our team bond and what made the experience that much sweeter was 2006. I was on the world championship team that lost to Greece. LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony [also] lost in the Athens Olympics. We had guys on our team who knew what it was like [to lose]. Right before the fourth quarter [of the gold medal game] we all huddled up. I said, "We worked way too hard and played too many games to come up short now."
How do you think an NBA title would compare to a gold medal?
CP: I don't have an NBA championship to compare it to. But there is nothing greater for me right now than having this gold medal. When you're at the Olympics, anytime you see someone with a U.S. T-shirt, you give them a high five. You feel like you're on the biggest team you've ever been on in your life.
Where is the gold medal right now?