Michael Redd Interview
Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Michael Redd always
showed he was talented, but this season he got more minutes and responsibility, and took his game to another level. This is his first year as an NBA all-star. A few days before the all-star game, Redd spoke with various media members about his team and the big weekend in Los Angeles.
Q: Did you ever think youíd be an All-Star so soon after being a second-round pick?
Redd: No, I didnít to be honest with you. I didnít expect it this soon. I expected to be an All-Star player eventually in my career, but not this soon. Was I a little surprised when I heard? A little bit Ė just happy to be involved with it.
Q: Have you given thought that you got picked by the coaches over LeBron James?
Redd: It was such a great honor to be picked by coaches because they see night after night whoís being consistent, whoís playing well, whoís doing what. And our team was winning. If our team wasnít winning, I donít know if Iíd be here, but weíve had a great first half of the season and thatís why Iím here.
Q: It has to feel great to know that you earned your spot as opposed to putting a guy on the team because of hype?
Redd: I really just worked hard every day in practice, stayed humble, just kept working and things like this happened. So I really believe good things to those that work hard and put effort into their profession.
Q: From the dynamite left hand you exhibited at Ohio State University to where you are now, did you think that the jumper would be struggling like this?
Redd: No, not at all. In college, I wasnít thinking about jump shots, I was getting to the rim every time I got a chance. When I got drafted, I had Ray Allen, the Big Dog (Glenn Robinson) and Sam (Cassell), all shooters. Thatís why I had to adjust my game and adapt to the team I was with, so with that I just became a shooter.
Q: A lot of defenders play you tough on the left, believing youíre left handed. How do you deal with that?
Redd: Iím actually better with my right, and for the last two years prior, the coaching staff had tried to make me go left more. Thatís what I love to do Ė go right. So, itís good to be able to go both ways.
Q: Where are you more comfortable taking a jump shot, long distance or short distance?
Redd: Long. Long. Long. Long. I worked on my mid-range jumper and I had it in college, but now I just feel more comfortable shooting the deep three rather than a pull-up.