Q&A with Washington State sharpshooter Klay Thompson
KT: It's hard to describe it, but I would say it's fast-paced, or high- tempo. He wants you to take good quality shots, but it's OK if they're early in the shot clock.
KT: He brought us into the locker room and told us he was taking the job, and I was shocked, and a little disappointed at the time. But I guess he bettered his situation, and did what was right.
KT: So did all of us, but I guess not. You just have to adjust. I had one conversation with him, but didn't really talk to him about why he left. He just talked about my future and how he really enjoyed coaching me -- that was it.
KT: I'd probably take one of the bigs who could shoot, maybe Gordon Hayward [from Butler]. He's big, he can defend the four and play on the perimeter, so that allows for floor spacing, and he's a good guy to drive and kick to. He'd shoot well, especially in coach Bone's offense.
KT: Last year it was probably Stephen Curry, because no matter how many he missed, he was going to keep shooting. That's what he needed to do for his team to win. He's one of the best shooters in the country, and he'd keep proving it. We're playing with his brother [Seth Curry, who recently transferred from Liberty to Duke], and he can shoot, too.
KT: Probably having the shape of an "L" in your shooting form -- that's something I luckily developed naturally as a kid. And using your legs as part of the shot -- that's the key, I think.
KT: Jrue Holiday, from UCLA. I think he had the quickest hands of any kid I played against. He was a real good defender; he had great lateral movement and could stay in front of almost anybody. (Ed note: This is interesting, given that in May, Holiday voiced somewhat of a dislike for UCLA's defensive obsession, telling the L.A. Times, "In college, it's all about defense. [The NBA] seems like it's more fun. You can be you.")
KT: Well, I got to go to the Kobe Bryant Skills Academy [in 2007], which was a lot of fun. He was there, and there were about 20 kids, and we just worked out with his advice.
KT: I'm not even sure what he said. I just remember coming away feeling better about my game.
KT: It would have been cool to go to USC or UCLA at the time, but they already had guys recruited at my position, so it was difficult to get an offer from either of the two. I understood the situation.
KT: I'm very thankful I'm at Washington State.
KT: That's a little overblown. I liked the basketball situation.
KT: I try to be early, but I'm not as obsessed as him, trying to be at least 45 minutes early to pretty much everything. In high school, if I had a game at 7, he might just go straight to the gym from work, even if he got off at 4, and he'd be an hour and a half early. He'd just sit in the car and listen to the radio.
KT: I'd paint the inner circle in the key, because I think too many charges are being taken right below the basket. That's just hurting the game.
KT: I'd just say, go [pro] whenever you want, because it makes no sense to force kids to go to just one year of college. I don't get that. If a kid is already planning on being one-and-done, then he's going to school for the wrong reasons. He's going to go for one semester, and then he's gone.
KT: Trayce just got drafted -- in the second round by the White Sox -- and I think he's leaning towards signing [a pro contract]. I like the baseball system better than basketball's. I don't see why you have to go to college for one year, when kids are playing pro ball in Europe at 14 years old.