Talked to Andris Biedrins – the $63 million man (if he reaches all his incentives) – this morning. He got to town last night. He was on his way to sign that huge new deal of his. I thought I’d share some of our conversation with you. The rest will be in my story in tomorrow’s paper.
Were you worried about how your contract situation would play out?“I was thinking about it a little bit. I was talking to my agent one or two times per week. He was updating me on what’s going on.
“I knew it will take a little time. I was just waiting for my agent to call me and tell me to come to America.”
You going to miss Baron Davis?
“I will miss him. We had a really good chemistry on the court. He was always finding me on the court, getting me the ball. But I think the point guard we have (Marcus Willliams) and Monta will do a good job as well.”
So, you and Monta are the Warriors new one-two punch, huh?
“I’m really glad that Monta signed that deal, too. I’m really glad to play with him. He’s such a great player, talented.”
How does it feel to have all that
money financial security now?
“It still feels weird, even though I have been here four years. But it’s still unbelievable. It’s such a great feeling. It’s just hard to believe.”
How serious were you about going to play overseas?
“I told my agent I wanted to see every option they have. Playing in Europe would have been fine. It’s close to my home. It was nothing too serious, but I wanted to see every option.
“My first option was the Warriors for sure. I said that at the end of last season.”
Lot of changes this offseason. What do you think of the squad now?
“It’s kind of weird. It’s a lot of new players. Half the people are new on our team. We have a lot of young guys. It’s going to be fun. I can’t wait for the first practice.”
Is this team good enough to make the playoffs?
“I think so. I think so for sure.”
Have you talked to any of your teammates this summer? Discuss all the changes?“Nobody. Only to (Zarko) Cabarkapa.”