Tractor Traylor on the Rebound in Vegas
Robert "Tractor" Traylor hasn't appeared in the NBA since 2005, but after several stops in Spain, Puerto Rico, and, well, the courthouse, he's hoping to return to the Big Show by earning a roster spot in Summer League. I caught up with Tractor after the Cavs' game yesterday and talked about where he's been and what his future might hold.
Matt Watson: Your career has taken a little bit of a detour. Do you feel like you're on the right path again?
Robert Traylor: Yeah, I think so. I think with this point in time, this opportunity to come out and play in the summer league has given me a great opportunity to get myself back to where I want to be and hopefully be in the NBA when the season starts.
MW: Playing in Spain and Puerto Rico, how does that compare to the competition you face out here?
RT: It's a lot different, but I think in Puerto Rico the competition is actually great. You've got a lot of great players over there. We played a lot of games, like 32 games in 61 days.
RT: Yeah. So the competition level, and the time and the games, it makes for a great league.
MW: Are you hearing anything from the Cavs at all about what your chances are to make the team?
RT: I haven't really gotten into that just yet. I'm just trying to do as much as I can in summer league and see what happens after this.
MW: With some of the young players that are out here, who's impressed you the most?
RT: I love JJ Hickson. I'm playing with him, but I love what he does. I've seen Kevin Love play, he's real aggressive on the glass, he plays hard. I think they got a great draft class. The kids that are coming out, it's going to be great to see them as they improve over time and move into the season.