Q: What's led to your improvement this season?
A: I think I improved drastically over the summer just working on my game, and I strive to be an overall better player in order to make this team a better team. And this year, I'm getting a lot of opportunities to showcase my talent offensively and by getting a lot of looks offensively. I'm just making the most of those opportunities.
Q: You lead the league in minutes played. Has the consistent time helped you develop a rhythm? Or has it been coach Don Nelson's support?
A: I think it's been a little bit of both. The playing time has a lot to do with the confidence that the coaching staff has in me to put me out there knowing that I will help benefit the team one way or another. And with the time out there, I just pick and choose my chances to do things offensively and just try to make the most of it.
Q: Do you feel you're one of the most underrated players in the NBA?
A: If you made a list of the top five or 10 guys who are underrated, I think I would be toward the top of that list, being that I think I've put up really good numbers and haven't really received that much recognition. But I'm not going to let that affect me. I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing, try to improve each and every practice and game. When my time comes, I'll just appreciate it even more.
Q: Why do you feel you don't get as much exposure as a Kevin Garnett or a Kobe Bryant, even though you're just as productive?
A: I think it has a lot to do with the team's production as well. Kevin and Minnesota made it to the playoffs last year. I think they're on that route to make it to the playoffs this year, and he's getting a lot of exposure. And with Bryant, he's playing in Lakerland, and the media hype that's around the Lakers at this particular time is definitely benefiting him. But with me, I'm in a different situation, a team that's rebuilding and trying to get to the point where Minnesota and the Lakers are. I just have to be patient when it comes to that.
Q: You are among a handful of guys who play 40 minutes a game. How difficult is that to do?
A: I think with my summer conditioning and things that I did to stay in shape, I think I was really prepared to come in and play these types of minutes. But as the season goes on, it has its wear and tear on you, but during the course of the season, you have to pick and choose your times to relax. You can't go out and do things before the games, especially when you're playing in a back-to-back situation. So it's just a matter of pacing yourself and doing it intelligently.