Dime: Have you been touch with Steve at all about how you’re going to play high pick-and-rolls and what the defensive schemes will be next year?
SC: No, but I don’t expect it [defense] to change significantly next year since we were a top-5 defensive team last year. He studied and watched our games and knows our strengths and weaknesses. I feel like obviously being as detailed as possible with our coverages, whatever they are — I don’t think they’ll change much we were pretty successful at it. Offensively it might be a different story, but defensively we were solid. When our lineup’s healthy, we’re pretty darn good.
Dime: How are you guys playing it for Coach K on Team USA. Are you switching stuff up?
SC: We switch a lot one-through-four—
Dime: —How are you guys handling, I’m sure you’ve been asked this a lot, but has the Paul George injury affected the ways you go into games, like the mentality?
SC: Nah. That was the last day of training camp, and it was the scrimmage where it happened. We were going to take that week off anyway. And it kind of shook the guys after competing with the guy for the week.
Dime: Did you know, right away [that he broke it so severely]?
SC: I saw the play happen. I didn’t know right away he broke it, but I saw him land. It’s one of those things where you look, and ‘wait a minute, something’s not right.’ Immediately it registers like that, like ‘oh God.’ It shook most guys up, but I think Coach K handled it the best way he could. When we get back to Chicago tomorrow and get ready to play Brazil and get some exhibition games going, I think we’ll be fine, just — you know any time you play basketball there’s a risk you can get hurt. That was such freak deal that, you can’t — we gotta try our best not to have it in our minds when we play.
Dime: I talked with you before, and I thought it was hysterical you got ID’d all the time with that baby face. I also have that problem. Does it still happen to you a lot? Has it happened since the season ended, or — you’re pretty famous now, but has it happened recently?
SC: It happened at California Pizza Kitchen in the Bay Area like 15 minutes from my house. We went, I tried to get a drink after the season, that’s exactly what happened. Me and my wife went to dinner, and we didn’t have our daughter with us, and she was with the babysitter. So I ordered a beer, and I didn’t have my ID with me, ‘cause I left it in the car and I thought she’d recognize me. So the waitress asks, and I was like, ‘uh, is your manager here,’ and I took my chances with him knowing who I was, and…he knew. But she basically — yeah — she wouldn’t give me the benefit of the doubt, knowing that I didn’t look like I was over 21 and not knowing who I was.
Dime: Did she apologize at all after the manager came over?
SC: Not really. I don’t think she knew basketball at all, so I don’t think it registered.
Dime: Her manager was probably like, ‘good, so she’s not serving anyone under 21.’
SC: [Laughs] Exactly, ‘we’re doing our job.’
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