“I think I'd rather be in this game than in another game, just because it's so fun. You look forward to it. I'm excited for the girls.”
How is rehabbing your ACL this time different than your last one?
“The goals are different. When you're recovering back for basketball, there's a lot of cutting involved. You've gotta train your muscles to think like that. For a normal human, it's not quite as extensive. You work back to jogging, and throughout your life you recover all those senses in your muscles. It's not as immediate, where you have to have those right away.
“I think it just feels different for me as a person. There's not that extra motivation that you had, all the girls, yourself, and all that stuff. But I want to be active the rest of my life, so I feel like rehabbing's not a problem.”
Last time, you became an extra coach on the bench. Has your role been similar this time?
“It isn't the same. I think a lot of what I did last time was for my benefit, honestly. Not really for the girls; I think they were fine without me.
“I think coach really wanted me involved for my benefit so I could improve while I wasn't playing. This year it's a little different. I feel like I'm in more of an encouragement role.”