I sat down with Andy Rautins for 2 minutes and 30 seconds, and he was kind enough to answer some questions.
Mike Kurylo: How are you doing? I’m Mike Kurylo from KnickerBlogger.Net.
Andy Rautins: Nice to meet you. [Looks at my ancient iPod with a voice recorder.] Oh this is nice. I haven’t seen one of these before.
Mike Kurylo: It’s top of the line 2001 technology right there.
Andy Rautins: (laughs) There you go.
Mike Kurylo: What have you been doing this offseason?
Andy Rautins: I was working out in Dallas before the draft started. It was pretty intense, high level work outs there. Trying to transition from a 2 to a 1. Working with point guard coaches, and that helped me tremendously. Obviously there were the workouts for every team. That was tough. It was a grind; I worked out for 15 teams. But now that we got settled and I’m here right now working with our strength coach and the coaching staff. It’s been a great process and I’m looking forward to the season.
Mike Kurylo: How did that feel going from college to workout drafts to the summer league?
Andy Rautins: It was a bit of transition. The game is much quicker, the guys are little more physical. It was a good transition. I was able to get my feet wet out there. I don’t think I played as well I would have liked to, but now that I have that under my belt and have my confidence going I think I’ll be alright.
Mike Kurylo: Who are you looking forward to playing with this year?
Andy Rautins: Everybody on the team. You got a lot of guys, it’s a whole new team. Being able to play with Amar’e and Ray, the ball is going to be moving, the inside out game is going to be there. It’s going to be a fun year.
Mike Kurylo: What aspect of your game are you most proud of?
Andy Rautins: Probably my ability to see the floor. I can be a floor general out there. On top of that my ability to shoot the ball and push it in transition when I get it. I think there’s going to be a lot of up & down and a lot of open floor this year.
Mike Kurylo: What do you feel like you need to work on?
Andy Rautins: Probably the 1 on 1 defense. Where they’ll isolate you and try to put you in the post. It’s obviously tougher than playing in a 2-3 zone. But I’ve been working on that a ton so I should be alright come game time.