Q&A with Desmond Mason

Oklahoman Modified: February 2, 2009 at 4:26 am •  Published: February 2, 2009
Q: How much will you stay involved with the team?

A: I’ll be at all the practices. I’ll be at all the games when I’m able to kind of get up and going a little bit. As soon as the doctor releases me to hop on the plane and travel with the team I’ll be traveling with the team. I might even have the opportunity to make that L.A.-Portland. I talked to coach and the one thing he wanted me to do was be solid at being out and talking to the players and being involved in the game and being an emotional leader and a veteran to the young guys.

Q: Will we still see you in the community and at events?

A: No question. That’s kind of what I do and what I’ve built my reputation on, being involved in the communities I’ve played in. Now I have a little bit more time to do that.

Q: You’re in the final year of your contract. Have we seen Desmond Mason play his last game in a Thunder uniform?

A: I would definitely hope not. I voiced my feelings on that at the beginning of the season since media day. With the reputation that I have here and the feelings I have for the state of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City in general it wouldn’t bother me one bit to have the opportunity to finish my career playing here. Obviously that’s a decision we sit and talk about post season. But that’s my feeling on that....If you look at what we’ve gotten done over the last month I think you kind of see the light on the other side of the mountain. But I think next year is going to be even better so that’s what I’m looking forward to.


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