On not playing as much early on as other players in his draft class:
“I think it’s a humbling experience because it just shows you have to be patient sometimes. Things aren’t always going to go your way. As an organization, from their standpoint, they’re trying to see how you’re going to react because everything is not always going to be sugar and sweet, not going to always be great. There’s going to be injuries and times when you don’t play well because it’s 82 games in seven months. I think it was a good test for me and I came out and rose above it.”
“It speaks to the trust we have in each other. We have fun with it. I don’t think many teams nowadays — not just in the NBA — just have fun with moving the ball. That’s when we’re at our best, when the ball is flying around and everybody is passing it to each other and playing unselfish.”
“My main thing when I got here was: What can I do to make things easier for everybody? I’m playing with a lot of great players and I’m just trying to do whatever I can on the floor to help everybody else out.”
From LaMarcus Aldridge
“He’s so unselfish and it just rubs off on everybody. The fact that he goes out every night and doesn’t care about shots and things like that, it just makes guys play harder and want to be like him. He’s definitely the key to the chemistry in our starting lineup, because he doesn’t care about shots or even stats, he just wants to win.”
On his former team, the 1977 World Champion Portland Trailblazers:
We had very skilled players who understood how to pass, when to pass and who were willing to pass.