2009 Jordan Hill Pre-Camp Interview
I sat down with Jordan Hill on 9/28/09 for about 3 minutes and 26 seconds, and he was kind enough to answer my questions.
Mike Kurylo: What position do you see yourself playing in the NBA, power forward, center or a little bit of both?
Jordan Hill: It really doesn’t matter. I see myself as a power forward, but it really doesn’t matter. Whatever the team needs me to be, at I have to go out there and make the best of it.
Mike Kurylo: What did you learn about adjusting to the NBA from summer league?
Jordan Hill: D’Antoni’s system is up & down and I was definitely out of shape during the summer league. I’ve been working really hard to get back in shape, and now I’m there.
Mike Kurylo: How do you get in shape in the offseason?
Jordan Hill: Definitely you have to eat right, I’ve been running hills, running on the football field, sweating more, lifting weights, doing the things that you should do to get in shape.
Mike Kurylo: Do you have a personal trainer, do you go to a gym, or …
Jordan Hill: No, I know what to do. I do everything myself. During the summer I worked out with [one of the Knick trainers] who helped a lot. And I listened to the trainers in here, and they helped me out tremendously.
Mike Kurylo: Which of your teammates are you looking forward to playing alongside with?
Jordan Hill: Umm… Chris Duhon…(laughs)
Mike Kurylo: Because he’s going to get you the ball?
Jordan Hill: Exactly.
Mike Kurylo: What is your best asset or skill as a player?
Jordan Hill: Probably rebounding. I try to stay focused on rebounding. I know I can score at will, but it’s better to get that extra rebound when your team needs it. I love rebounding and fighting hard [for one].
Mike Kurylo: How do you see yourself fitting in with the frontcourt here? There are a lot of guys this year. Is there a friendly competition playing for minutes?
Jordan Hill: It’s good. It’s real fun [competing] because they’re definitely good players. I just want to come out here and learn from them. They’ve been here, they know the system. I just want to take their advice and learn more about the game.
Mike Kurylo: What part of D’Antoni’s offense, that you’ve seen in practice or in the summer league, do you like best?
Jordan Hill: Probably the pick & rolls and the up & down game. I love the pick & roll. I can pick & pop and shoot the easy mid range shot, which has gotten a whole lot better. Or I can pick & roll and get the easy dunk. I just have to look at the defense, and know what [my role is].