Terrence Williams on Being a Point-Forward and the Airplane Market
Q: [Dionte Christmas] was talking about how he took you to school [in the workout]?
A: I don't know anything about that. I don't know about going to school. I don't go to school anymore.
Q: How would you describe your game to someone who hasn't seen it?
A: Hard-worker, a person who is about his teammates. Refuses to lose; gives his all to try to win the game. So that means, equals sign – I'm twittering, I only got 130 characters to twitter – a person who connects the dots. If you're a great shooter and he's a great rebounder, I'm going to get you the ball to knock down the shot and I'm going to box out so he's going to get the rebound. So I'm the guy who does the little things.
Q: How do you feel about playing point forward. The Warriors are said to be thinking of you as one?
A: That's great. If that's what they need, I'll play point-forward, center, Gatorade protector. Anything. That's what I played in college. That's what I played in high school, AAU, point forward. The person who's not really a point guard but brings the ball up and run the offense. So, yeah, I see myself as that.
Q: Have you heard the Warriors [drafting No. 7] are interested in you?
A: I heard that but until I sit down with Nellie [head coach Don Nelson] and the GM and they tell me that, I'm not buying any rumors. If my name got called by them, then I'll think they're interested, yeah.
Q: Did you end up guarding the toughest cover on the other team in college?
A: I guarded the best player. So I guarded point guards some games, power forwards some games and if there were the games where the other team really couldn't shoot, we'd go into a zone.
Q: What's the weirdest question you got at one of these combines or work-outs?
A: I got a question like: What do you say to people who think you want to just go to the NBA to buy cars, houses and airplanes? I said, "Well, real estate is a good investment; cars, you have to get from A to B; but airplanes, I'm good with taking SouthWest. I don't need airplanes."
Q: You talked about being a guy who connects the dots. Is that something Rick Pitino stressed or did that develop over time?
A: Over time. That's how I played ever since I was younger. Because when I was younger, when you're a kid, everyone wants to score 12 points so they go home and tell their mom, "I scored 12 points today." There wasn't enough balls for the types of teams I played on. So I had to be a person, I didn't want to shoot the ball all the time, so I had to be a person to get those guys the ball or get a rebound or do the little things. That's just been my game over time since I was little.
Q: Is it nerve-racking not knowing when you're going to be drafted, that in some places you're in the lottery and in others you're later in the first round?
A: Not studying for a test and having to take a test, that's nerve-racking. Playing basketball and getting drafted? This is supposed to be fun. I've seen one website where I could go No. 13, I see another where I go 25, another 19. That doesn't matter to me. Playing in the NBA is a dream. So if I get drafted 30, I'm playing in the NBA. It doesn't really matter. It's just basketball. If you get paid to play basketball, what's the point of it being nerve-racking? It's what you love to do. You guys write. You guys get paid. Now, on the other end I'll play basketball even if I didn't get paid. That's why you go to college. It really doesn't matter to me. It's not nerve-racking at all.