Discussion in 'Phoenix Suns' started by Roca Dolla, Dec 10, 2008.
Interesting read, sounds like he wants to do everything in his power to help this team win, good mentality.
Good attitude....can't wait to see if he makes a positive impact.
Suns.com called guard Jason Richardson and forward Jared Dudley on Wednesday night, to get their reaction to the afternoon trade that will bring them to Phoenix.
The athletic duo was just sitting down to watch the Suns-Lakers game on ESPN from their hotel rooms in New Orleans, where their former Bobcats team is playing the Hornets. The Suns sent Raja Bell, Boris Diaw and Sean Singletary to Charlotte in the five-player trade, in which the Suns will also receive a second-round draft pick in 2010. The following is a transcript of the exlusive interview with "J-Rich," who is averaging 18.7 points and 4.1 boards a game this season.
Suns.com: Congratulations on the trade. How are you feeling about coming to Phoenix?
Richardson: Oh, I’m happy. I’m ready to get down to Phoenix right now and start working.
Suns.com: How did you find out about the trade?
Richardson: I was taking a pre-game nap in preparation for the game against the Bobcats and the general manager called me and asked me if I was ready to go to the West coast. I was a little confused at first because I was still half-asleep. He told me to get my running shoes on because I had just been traded to Phoenix. I got a big smile on my face because I knew what Phoenix had and adding me to that team could help out a lot.
Suns.com: Did you think you were still dreaming?
Richardson: I actually did. And then I held up the phone and thought, “Hold on. I just got traded?” I called my friends, family and fiancé to tell them. It was shocking, because I didn’t know I was going to be involved in any trades. I hadn’t heard any rumors so it was out of the blue. But it is one of those trades that you’re happy about.
Suns.com: I’m sure your teammates were disappointed.
Richardson: Yes, they were. I have a lot of great teammates here. We were all out in the (hotel) hallway and were talking. I let them know that I wasn’t going to the game tonight because I had been traded.
Suns.com: What are your thoughts on the Suns?
Richardson: There are high expectations in Phoenix. You can see what the roster has with Amar’e, Shaq, Steve. Those guys are future Hall of Famers. I’m very excited to play alongside guys like that for the first time in my career. I’ve never played on a team like this. I’ve always been on re-building teams. I’ve only been to the playoffs once. I’ve never really won anything, but I think I can bring a lot to this team and have a special season.
Suns.com: You played with Matt Barnes at Golden State. How do you feel about reuniting with him?
Richardson: Matt is a great guy. He called me today and said if I needed anything I should call him. I have a good relationship with him. It’ll be good to see a familiar face and to ask where to go, where to eat in Phoenix and all of those types of things.
Suns.com: What should fans know about you?
Richardson: I’m an exciting player. I do everything to win games. I have a lot of energy, I can dunk and shoot the threes. I give everything I can on the court. I’m not trying to take anyone’s spot. I just want to come in and do what is needed. I’ll fill the void where it is needed. Whatever it is – defense, scoring, rebounding, whatever it is. I just want to help the team to win and get deep in the playoffs.
Suns.com: What style of play is your game best suited for?
Richardson: Running, but I can play the halfcourt a little bit, too. Running fits my game perfectly, but I can also play the slow tempo, if needed.
Suns.com: Steve Kerr talked about your defense, as well as your scoring.
Richardson: People don’t give me enough credit for my defense. I can do a lot better job than what I’m doing now. I love challenges. Whatever the coaches and front office ask of me, that’s what I’m going to do.
Suns.com: What about Jared Dudley? Phoenix fans don't know a whole lot about him.
Richardson: Jared is one of those guys who is in the right spot at the right time on every play. He plays hard. He never takes the night off. He gives it his all. He plays defense. He can make shots. And he can definitely rebound.
Suns.com: Will you two be watching the Suns play the Lakers tonight?
Richardson: Oh yeah. I’ll definitely watch the Suns tonight to see where I can fit in and help the team. We’re the only two left in the hotel so we’re going to watch the game together (laughs). We went to dinner together earlier tonight and were talking about going to Phoenix. Suns.com: So what’s the game plan for the next couple days?
Richardson: I’m going to head back to Charlotte in the morning and pick up a few things, and then will get into Phoenix on Friday. I can't wait!
" I can do a lot better job than what I’m doing now."
Yikes! Don't say that out loud!
I really like JR...a lot. Ever since he bounced that ball off of Boozer's head, I've loved his game.
Pisses me off juuuuuust a tad that you guys got him.
Confess! You've been crying all day! You are enraged with envy! Tell us you'll trade 10 Pau Gasols for a JRich! Tell us youre banning the NBA until this trade is vetoed! Tell us how much you hate stern!
Let me bask in your despair like Los Angeles did with mine!
Yeah...uhm no. I just am a bit jealous you got the guy. I don't like it when likeable players are on the Suns. It makes it harder to dislike them.
FFS, you now have Nash, Amare, Shaq, Hill and Richardson.
You lost Scottsdale Pub's Finest Diaw and Friggin Raja Bell. The likeability factor is far more than it should be. I dislike some of those guys (Nash, Shaq) for personal reasons but respect every single one of their games and enjoy watching them play.
Why couldn't you have traded for someone evil, like...oh, Antoine Walker and Mike Bibby? Then I could take my almost neutrality into a nice, natural Suns hate rather than this...."hey, i might watch some Suns games" weird world.
So it's more of a "you hate loving us," than a "you love hating us."
I'll take it!
This is good I like it. Some chemistry should form between our bench. Barnes and Barbosa are already starting to click from their mother situation and him playing like Barnes did with Monta in GS now add another player who barnes is already familiar with and we have some chemistry within our new players and it isn't just shaq and hill who seem to be really good friends outside of basketball and Nash and Amar'e who have been together the longest. If we get some good chemistry going and all these people give everything they got we have really good chances. I will miss Singletary's enthusiasm but if we get a better back up point gaurd I won't miss him too much. Still the sun is getting much brighter in Phoenix with this trade.
Yeah, pretty much. Adding J-Rich makes me like you more, and subtracting smug douchebag Raja makes me dislike you less.
Thank God I've built up a lot of hate for the Suns or I'd be in trouble.
I actually attended a Suns/Spurs playoff game, cheering for the Suns, once. The series where Marbury pooped on the court when they won a game. Of course, I was cheering for the suns because I wanted the Lakers to play the Suns instead of the Spurs, but I really liked that team with little bitty holy crap amazing Amare.
By the way, when did he become Amar'e? That's stupid.
I can also see him and Amar'e really getting some chemistry together with their similar play styles I think Amar'e can put his ego behind him for a little bit because he knows if he stays Phoenix this is going to be the guy staying with him and if they build the chemistry now come 2010 when we start building around Amar'e we can get a good team going early in the rebuilding process.
Bah. What's he going to say? "I can't believe I got traded to the armpit of the NBA! I'm firing my agent for this!!!" No. That would be vocational suicide. Granted, he may have meant it, but the whole interview made me think of this:
Did you read Diaw's comments? Even cliches aren't automatic.
Which surprised me 'cuz Boris was one of the "malcontents" but was never vocal about it like Raja was. Then the roles were reversed when they were interviewed after the trade.
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