Q: What's this experience been like for you? In the media, we'll look at training camp rosters and say, "Oh, that guy is just a camp body, this guy has a guaranteed deal." Well, you're not a camp body. You have a legitimate NBA resume. Still, there's not a clear path to a roster spot in L.A. What's it like for you to be in this sort of limbo?
: I'm totally selfless right now. That's something I learned from being overseas. Sometimes I feel like this game will humble you. You have a lot of obstacles you have to overcome, and you just can't quit. And I really enjoy that part of the grind. Right now, I'm at that stage in my career. I've seen guys at this stage. (In New Jersey), I've seen guys at this stage in Milwaukee, and I always appreciated the way they came in and were professional every day, and came to play hard. When I'm in this gym, I'm competing at a very high level. Like I said, these guys know me, these guys respect me.
I'm going up against Kobe every day, and I'm confident. And Kobe is confident in me. He's kind of taken me under his wing, and I've heard stories about Kobe, that he doesn't really like people like that. That's just honest. So for him to actually do that, for him to actually care about my development, man, it means everything.