Rob Carlin 1-on-1 with Nolan Smith-11/26
Sat, 26 Nov 2011|
CSN Washington dot com. But back to our top story now the NBA owners and players have tentatively agreed to a deal meaning the NBA season should start will be scheduled start Christmas Day. Every talk about Kobe Bryant and LeBron and all that had a -- gets affected them no one wants this more than this guy right here. Nolan Smith pride about Upper Marlboro Maryland former Duke player first round draft pick to Portland. You haven't been collecting any checks you don't have that the fall back on how tough is this lock up there and you're so close to finally reaching your dream. It's been has been very -- you know. -- from draft day knowing that the lockout gonna happen you know we had found ways to make money and you know fathers review bomb back to our colleges and worked out you know with our schools and decide this day. They were comfortable and they know they've they've been a great job taking care of -- over there. I was up last night I got newborns I was feeding my daughter looked at Twitter at 0330 in the morning NBA lockouts over how'd you hear about it. My my assistant sister cameramen 3:45 in the morning and woke me. And it was his own room but this is playing usually -- good news happy that there's this thing is Ben is that that that our mr. caring is good news. As catalyst that would sound off base and then. Those things quote him on Twitter about within -- so -- NBA's by the started falling back asleep and woke -- love. You know had a excitement in just me to start my day. What have you been doing during this time. Hoping and you know getting prepared for this day. I've been working on everything within him from when it comes. From -- Johnson now and I really haven't taken time off in those that a long time. You know some guys could very relaxing and then trying to kick in gear and I wanted to and -- in great shape -- -- from that is maintained his continue to work and work and you know stay stay ready and no carrier ring myself down -- do to us you know pushing each. You know in the season -- that I'm not you know we're going to be ready. We've seen with the NFL's short camps this year a lot of rookies are behind the eight ball a little bit. How difficult do you anticipate it's going to be were such a short amount of time -- -- 91 game December 20. Fifth I don't have to be fast learners -- has -- us our best YQ you know if you you know the game if you're great listening gifted team you have to. I was into your investment into your coaches and and the stay in the right direction. You know if you do those things UV rays play you know when the first game happens. And you know you're obviously drafted by Portland you've been kind of looking over his team. Seeing where you can fit in and what you can bring that's what. I definitely have you know I know. We had one workout this summer and -- in Texas and Nomar we saw just post is down there and now they've been getting -- with all the guys. You know they -- great group of guys and you know this. -- a lot of about what they ought to do what I can do to help them help them win games for their playoff team they've been they've been making the playoffs so my job as we go and then it's. And take my winning ways. And held them noses kid do better and I'm on the side that. Have you been talking to small community of NBA players are even talking any of your friends guys you've played with along the way under what. NBA life is like. Yeah I have not talked to a lot of guys you know they tell me just to be prepared to take a lot of naps can. And I guess that's the ones they got the one thing you know that's a lot of travel and a lot of gains. If I human and take Madson or take care of my body. You know obvious to him a long season. You come from a family where the NBA is part of growing up how. Proud a moment has this been for your entire family as you embark on your journey. It's been a very very proud moment for myself and my family. -- been Jermareo for a long time assistant my dad. With the ball in my hands -- since I was a ball was for the Washington bullets and you know to finally -- and play my first NBA game in my mom convenient for out of my sister -- has been there for me from day one. -- is very decide excited to see Richmond to me. Coming up this first NBA game and just as importantly collecting that first NBA paycheck that organized Nolan Smith thank you so much best luck this year thank you. CSN Washington dot com.