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Q&A With Latavious Williams

by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 10, 2012

Latavious Williams is a 6-foot-8 forward whose draft rights the Thunder owns. He was a second-round pick in the 2010 draft and became the first player to go straight from high school to the NBA D-League. He’s played with the Tulsa 66ers and in Spain the past two seasons. On Tuesday, he scored 10 points with nine rebounds in the Thunder’s 78-74 summer league loss to Indiana.

Q: How do you think you did in your debut?
A: I think I did pretty good. We’re just still trying to get the team together and get out and win some games. But overall, I think everybody did good.

Q: Your energy out there seems contagious. What are you trying to bring from just an energy standpoint?
A: Coach, when he put me out there, he just told me ‘Go out there and play hard and run the floor.’ That was the main thing he told me so that’s what I went out there and did.

Q: What do you think makes you such a good offensive rebounder?
A: I think I just get up quicker than other guys and just be in the right spot and they just fall.

Q: Is there one aspect of your game that you’re trying to work on in Orlando this week?
A: Just shooting the ball. From 15 (feet) on out, I need to work on all of it.

Q: What was your experience like in Spain this year?
A: It was a culture shock. I was across the water in Spain. Everything was different. It’s not like The States. Everybody’s speaking Spanish, and I had to learn everything. The first three days were hard, but the team just brought me on in and it came out a good situation.

Q: How’s your Spanish?
A: It’s all right. Not too bad.

Q: Did you find anything good to eat over there?
A: We had a couple of American restaurants over there. But the Spanish guys had me eating Chicken Paella, Seafood Paella, so I got used to that, too.

Q: On the court, it looks like you had a pretty good year over there. How do you feel you did, and what were you able to take out of that experience playing over there.
A: I mean, playing against them guys, they’re bigger, stronger, smarter, but I think I learned a lot over there. Just to go over there and see how they play over there from playing here. Everything is different, like the travel and all that. After it was all over, I think it was a good experience.

Q: It looks like you’ve gotten bigger since the last time we saw you. Have you put on weight, any muscle?
A: Yeah, I’ve been putting on weight. I stayed in the weight room a lot. So I’m just trying to get bigger.

Q: What kind of feedback are you getting from the Thunder in terms of when they might try to bring you up?
A: Right now, nobody has said nothing so I’m just here playing trying to see what the outcome is going to be.

-DM-

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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