Former Oklahoma State star James Anderson is in his first season with the Rockets, after two years with the San Antonio Spurs.
How much did you follow OSU this season?
Anderson: “I followed 'em quite a bit. That was pretty good. Got a lot of guys returning, so that'll be even better.”
Were you surprised that Marcus Smart didn't declare for the draft?
“A little, but it was a good decision for him, I guess, obviously, because he made it. I was a little shocked. I thought he would come out, because he definitely would have been a top-five pick.”
How has the transition from San Antonio been?
“I think I've adjusted pretty good. Houston's kind of a big city for me, coming from a small town (Junction City, Ark.). But I've adjusted pretty well. Love the team. Have great fans here. It's been good overall.”
How is Rockets coach Kevin McHale to play for?
“It's been fun. A lot of fun. Learned a lot from him. He's one of the all-time players in the game. To learn a lot of stuff from him, to look up to him and say I played for him is a great thing.”
Did you know much about McHale's playing career?
“A little. He played a lot when I was younger. I knew a little bit about him from seeing some old clips that they play on TV now.”
You played against James the last couple of years. What's it like to now play with Harden?
“It's a lot of fun, too. Being able to play off a player like him, always in attack mode in the open court and looks to kick out for shooters and stuff. To play with him in this system is a good thing for me, because of my game. I like to run the court and spot up for jumpers.”
Do you go against him in practice quite a bit?
“I defend him a lot in practice. It's a tough challenge, but it also makes me a better player and helps take my game to a different level.”