I sat down with Bill Walker for 3 minutes and 52 seconds, and he was kind enough to answer some questions.
Mike Kurylo: What have you been doing this offseason?
Bill Walker: Getting a lot of shots up. Running. Try to get in shape and get ready for the season.
Mike Kurylo: It was reported that you lost a lot of weight this summer and you looked thinner at summer league. Is that true?
Bill Walker: Yeah. I think I got down too much (and was too fast). I lost a good amount of weight.
Mike Kurylo: How did you accomplish this?
Bill Walker: I stopped eating bread and sugar. That was basically it. I eat (everything else) that I like to eat. (That) and excersizing and it came off easy.
Mike Kurylo: On my site I looked up all players 6-6 and under, and you had the highest efficiency (including things like free throws and three pointers) last year. What makes you such an efficient scorer?
Bill Walker: I only take shots that I know I can make. That’s half the battle. I just try to get good shots.
Mike Kurylo: Do you know why you weren’t shooting well in the summer league?
Bill Walker: I don’t know why. I can’t explain it. When I work out, it feels fine. I don’t know.
Mike Kurylo: Last year Toney Douglas didn’t shoot well in the summer, but he was efficient during the season. When I asked him last year, he said it was just one of those weeks.
Bill Walker: Yeah. It was just a bad week.
Mike Kurylo: How hard was it last year to come to the Knicks mid-year?
Bill Walker: I welcomed it. It gave me an opportunity to play. I enjoyed it. It’s fun to get out there and show what you can do.
Mike Kurylo: What were some of the differences between the Celtics and the Knicks?
Bill Walker: The style of play. The Celtics are more of a inside first, trying to get who they want shooting the ball. New York is more of an uptempo, spread it around, everyone handles the ball. It’s a fast break mentality up here. We’re looking to run every time, and Boston only looks to run when they have the advantage.
Mike Kurylo: What areas of your game are you looking to improve?
Bill Walker: Passing. I know I can be a better passer. Rebounding. Defense. Those are three big things that I continue to work on and get better at.
Mike Kurylo: You started 13 games for New York, and there are a lot of new guys here. Do you feel like you’re competing for a starting spot?
Bill Walker: I don’t know. You’re always in competition. That could be every year. If I don’t get a starting spot, I just want to be a contributor. My goal is, like everyone else here, to start. At the same time we’re a team, and everybody has to know their role. Maybe being a starter isn’t my role. But whatever my role is I’ll play it out.