Dime: Who has stood out from your workouts this summer?
TL: JaVale. When we have a run in the gym, everyone is back except for Danilo (Gallinari) and Timofey (Mozgov), but he’s pretty much unguardable. He has a lot more moves down there. He’s going to erase that enigma, everything thinks he’s one of the dumbest people in the league but he’s not at all. I don’t think it’s true at all. With him playing, he’s going to prove a lot of people wrong.
Dime: What’s he doing to be “unguardable”?
TL: Last year he got in the post and we weren’t sure what he could do it with but he’s been doing half spins, up and unders, his jump hook is so hard for anyone to block it. He’s getting that shot anytime he wants.
Dime: I’d read your contract extension talks as being “close” this summer, but what is the status there?
TL: We’re on the same page. We don’t have bad blood or anything like that. It’s a big deal on both ends and we’re taking our time and dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s. We stopped talking for now but I want to let everyone know I’m going to be here for four or five years or however long they want to extend me.
Dime: You’ve obviously sold yourself in those talks as being an elite guard. Where do you rank yourself in the NBA’s best point guards? I’d easily put you in the top 10 but where from there?
TL: I think I can go top five. I think after this year I’ll be in the discussion at least. I just have more confidence, it’s through the roof. I don’t think anyone noticed I had a left hand the last few years and that’s what I’ve been working on has been on my left hand, floaters and everything. I’m shooting the ball a lot quicker, getting my shot off fast.
Dime: Last thing, but what are you listening to lately?
TL: I’ve been listening to Waka Flocka‘s “Rooster In My Rari,” Lil Reese, the new Kanye. I’ve also been listening to Kendrick Lamar. I’ve been rocking that the last week and a half. Also some new guys, Jinsu and D-Simp.
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