- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
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SC: You look at the average age of their players.... When you go through 82 games, you have to be fresh. I'm sure they'll figure out a way to pick up their energy. That's the risk you take by bringing in guys who are further along in their careers.
DP: How do you explain Kobe still producing at this level?
SC: He is a different breed, man. Someone who had a broken finger, like he did a couple of years ago, would be out four to six weeks after surgery. Kobe played the entire season with that injury as if nothing happened. Even now, after 17 years in the league, he's averaging 30 points. That's unheard of.
DP: Is Dwight Howard different from how he was in Orlando?
SC: People may be underestimating the effect of the [back] surgery he had. He doesn't look as explosive. He'll continue to get healthy. He's not the same player he was in Orlando, but there's no reason he can't get back to that.
DP: Do you remember your coach, Mark Jackson, as a player?
SC: He played with my dad for half a season in Toronto. I was 11 or 12 at the time. We used to play one-on-one after practice.
DP: Have you taken on Jackson in a shooting contest?
SC: Coach has the utmost confidence in his jump shot, even though that wasn't his strength when he was playing. He challenges a lot of players in practice. He's a smart man. He hasn't challenged me yet.