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Memphis' Quincy Pondexter says he would have made Game 1 shot if not for foul

Q&A — Memphis coach Lionel Hollins designed a potential game-tying, last-second shot in Game 1 for reserve Quincy Pondexter. Pondexter talks about what would have happened if he'd gotten that shot off without being fouled and being drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
by Berry Tramel Published: May 15, 2013
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You were drafted by the Thunder in 2010, then you and just-drafted Craig Brackins were traded to the Hornets for just-drafted Cole Aldrich and Morris Peterson. Did you know you were being traded?


Pondexter: “I knew before I got drafted that they were going to trade me. I was real fortunate that they took the pick and made the trade. No hard feelings against 'em. It would have been nice to have been here. But at the same time, I went a different route and I'm blessed to be here.”

How did you find out about the pick and trade?

Pondexter: “We got a call that morning and kind of had a feeling they were going to trade their two picks, 21st and 26th. You know, you have no idea, a lot of times, when you're in the position I was in, I was the 26th pick, I didn't know exactly where I was going to get picked at. But my agent worked things out. Glad I went where I went.”

How have you felt your role has developed in this series?

Pondexter: “I'm still a young guy in this league. I'm happy I'm even out there on the floor, man. It's truly a blessing. To be able to contribute and do whatever I can for this team to win games has been really great. I'll do whatever it takes. Defend, rebound, make shots if I have to. Just as long as my team gets the win. That's all I care about.”

You've done a lot of things in this series. How many different players have you defended?

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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