You could tell center Andris Biedrins was being extra careful choosing his words, calculating his responses. The veteran center doesn’t want to cause any discourse.
With that said, Biedrins tipped his hand about his thoughts regarding his role under new coach Mark Jackson. Biedrins is averaging a career-low 2.9 points per game. And his 16.5 minutes a night is the lowest since he became a regular starter in his third year. He rarely plays in the fourth quarter.
So what does he think about his role?
BIEDRINS: “I don’t know if that’s in my control. He’s the head coach, and he makes all of the decisions. I just have to do what he’s telling us to do.”
Biedrins made sure to point out he and Jackson aren’t on bad terms. He made it even more clear he’ll do whatever Jackson requires.
BIEDRINS: “We have a good relationship. I don’t see any dislikes between us. We work together well. He’s the head coach. This is his team. If he wants me to play 15 minutes, I’ll play 15 minutes. If he wants me to play 10 minutes, I’ll play 10 minutes.”
But when asked if he was having fun, Biedrins revealed where he’s at mentally. There’s a difference between being willing and wanting. Biedrins is clearly willing to play this limited role. But if he had his druthers …
BIEDRINS: “Maybe I could have a little more fun. I would like to play a little bit more, but this is the situation. I have to accept it. I have to do what they tell me to do. That’s the way it is.”