Q&A: Zach LaVine

Posted by Unknown on Sunday, October 05, 2014 with No comments
Courtesy of Michael Rand

QFirst thing I have to ask: When I do a Google image search for Zach LaVine, the first thing that pops up is a picture of your former UCLA teammate, Kyle Anderson. What’s up with that?
A I noticed that, too. I don’t know what Google’s tripping on. I mean, we’re both a little light-skinned, but I don’t think we look the same. Maybe Google has to get that fixed.

QWhat’s it like being a teenage millionaire?
AI don’t even think of it like it like that. I just think about how I have the best job in the world. It took a lot of hard work and dedication to get to this point, so I feel like this has all become reality now.

Q How exciting is it to finally be at the start of training camp?
A It’s very exciting. I’m not really nervous, but just anxious to get out there.

Q You and Andrew Wiggins are almost exactly the same age, about a month apart. How are you guys similar, and how are you different?
A I’m more of the talker. I talk a lot more trash. I feel like I’m a little more outgoing. Wiggins is cool, he’s just a lot more relaxed and chill. When you get to know him, and when he does talk, he’s a very, very funny dude. He’s a character sometimes.

QWhat’s your best bit of trash talk?
AWhen I get going in a game, I might say a little something, but other than that it’s just conversation during the game.

Q You’ve only been in Minnesota a little while, but have you started getting out — and if so are you getting recognized by fans?
A It’s hard to go out sometimes. I didn’t think it was going to be like that right away. You get mobbed every once in a while, but you just have to go to the right spots at the right time.

Q What are you looking forward to most about the season?
AJust living the dream. I have really high expectations for myself, so I just want to go out there and compete.

Q Where do you fit in and what is your role on this team, which has a lot of wing players and point guards already?
AI just feel like whenever the team needs a bucket, I can come and get it. I feel I’m a really good scorer. I have confidence in my game. I can get up and run the floor to the best of my ability, and above all I’m going to play my hardest.