What does coach Mike D’Antoni expect from you during your rookie season?The Knicks just hired Mike Woodson as an assitant coach and it seems he will focus on helping the team’s defense. What can you bring to the table in that aspect?
IS: I think he expects from me to come in and be an impact player. I don’t think they expect me to come in and be one of those guys that just stay there and learn. They need improvements. Hopefully, I can come in and provide that – for example my work on the defensive side of the ball, offensively knocking down open jumpers, getting up and down in transition… Just giving the team that extra push it needs. I don’t think they expect me to come in and be a spectator.
IS: I think the way I play defense is contagious. That’s something I always bring to the table. I play both sides of the court hard.
Which player do you admire because of his defensive skills?
IS: I really admire Jason Kidd. He’s the first player I’ve ever seen dominate a game without havin to score as much as everybody else. Seeing him finally get the championship just confirms that I just need to make sure I work my game to get better every day.
You have to like the kid's attitude. Wish we could have seen him in Vegas.