Atlanta's Trae Young


Everyone welcome to another edition of the world's pod Air Seaports Studios in Manhattan and with Atlanta Hawks. trae young stay with US trade. Do you remember the last time. Maybe the only time you and I have been in these. Espn Seaport Studios Yes. It's crazy 'cause last time I was here. was draft day Early in the morning. crazy day but yeah. That was the last time I think it would have been drafted draft day. Two thousand was it in seventeen. It was it was a morning of the draft. You were here with your dad. Ray Your agent Omar Wilkes from Octagon. And you were here doing all the morning shows. You're doing get up. Maybe sportscenter morale was here. Jay Bilas we're in there and I remember standing in We have those big windows that overlook the river there. Remember saying there with your with your agent Omar Wilkes and I think your dad to trying to navigate that night of the draft and I think I had reported the day before the draft night before the Dallas was was interested in trying to move up to get don-shik and I knew Atlanta was kind of in the driver's seat there. Yeah you know with the pick and that was a You you think. Think back to that draft and that night like how much uncertainty there was right until you the deal came down just as third pick was being announced I think they were. They had the support of the agreement. Yeah no it was. It was a a lot of a lot of different things. Being said BEF In the morning Omar. I was telling me different things. They kind of just let me enjoy the day and having my dad where we're talking I guess they. I kind of figured figured out a thought that the trae was going to happen between Dallas Atlanta early on in the day and They didn't want me to enjoy all the different theories. I was doing the media days I had going on This enjoy the day and didn't tell me until literally the third pig therapeutic was was made so The the trade had happened. So yeah I think like Travis. Lincoln and Donnie Nelson and mark. Cuban think they were hashing out like the details of. I always felt that was going to happen is that they went on because I because I knew Atlanta wanted you travis. Link from the very beginning it's scattered throughout you were his guy and Dallas Dallas felt strongly about Luanch and they have always you know their history with Dirk and they've always been partial to international players open to the idea and it always felt like they were going to get there on a deal but they don't get there till they're that was the night to remember with the hats right people. I I know that bothers bothers people that you like. The traits happened. But it's not been called into the league so everyone always gets flustered. You're wearing yeah. I wrong hat. Yeah I mean it's this kind of weird so now every time I look back on draft day or you look back at the video you see. Megan call them walking across stage. Mass Hat He's walking across stage with the Hawks as was kind of weird different. But it happens. I think is exciting after lead to to do that whenever on draft night But now it's definitely weird trade fourth in the League in scoring twenty seven point eight points fourth in the League in assists eight point five. I remember when you were coming out. mark Kriegel from. ESPN did a great piece about you. And and your dad. Ray Remember one of the things you you said. Was I want to lead the league someday in scoring and assists right tiny archibald is. Done it yeah. Top foreign both in your second year. Yes what about where you thought you'd be. I think so. I mean I knew I had a chance especially how hard our off season To do some some big things as a share I worked extremely hard and yeah no Archibald only one who's who's who's I think he's the only one who's ever done it and and I owe myself to a high standard so for me. It's so about the workout. Put it in the off season in the confidence. I have so Yeah I indepth can see myself when doing it. Trae six and twenty one where the hawks are right now. You're almost in about the same spot last last year. The one common denominator no John Collins this year with the suspension last year with an injury. Think you felt this team was ready to take a step up like people were talking about. Hey this is the league past team. Probably not a playoff team yet but this is going to be a team. People WanNa Watch every night people watch watch for you but when when you learn of John Collins a suspension and he's GonNa lose you know essentially from beginning of the year till will you know through mid late December here. Is this about what you expected knowing what you had left knowing what it takes seeing going through the league once what it takes to win. Yeah now it's definitely tough is definitely todd losing your best players on your team. He's He's a mean he's continuing to work now to get ready for when he gets back to be ready to jump right in and make a difference but Yeah whenever it happened is it was sad news. We are there for John. I felt I felt bad for him. 'cause I mean we were working out a lot this summer together rather I saw the work. He put in in the stuff that he was able to do. We're looking to make a big jump this year obviously With him being auto. It's been tough but we're ready to get him back Here here soon and We're going to focus on that and moving forward. Is it hard to be a really relevant player in this league. If your team's not winning at all no matter what you're doing individually. Yeah it's it's tough it's for me it's When is the only thing I care about? Numbers that as good for for looks that but for me. It's all about winning the that's all I care about coming into the business. All care about the end of the season is how much one where I've been able to leave my team and a and So far we haven't been able to to mean to grab as many wins as I've wanted as our team has wanted so It's it's all about. It's all about game better and We've had we've had a tough steph scheduled to start the season too so Not The schedule. Beer Taylor. More Home Games. I you're coming up so it'd be good for US tray. I had one of your former teammates on the podcast last week. Taurean Prince and he told. Tell me something I thought was pretty interesting. The first college game he ever saw in person he played in the first NBA game. He ever saw him person. He put a hawks. Six Jersey on your. Your childhood was just the opposite. You grew up in Norman Oklahoma City around you all the time but the NBA you. You're down the road from Oklahoma City and You and your Dad Ray would go a lot to the games there and we'll get to that because that was pretty neat what you guys are doing game night but do you have like any context when you think about trying to build with young players in Atlanta and it's hard at first and it doesn't look good it doesn't look pretty it takes here. It is really hard for young teams to win especially with the injuries. But you grew up around that thunder team. Yeah that went through that when you were a young kid you see you have that context. 'cause you grew up around a an NBA team that now. Their trajectory rectory went fast. Yeah but does that resonate with you. Yeah it does it definitely does. It's Kinda crazy. Bring that out. 'cause I mean at three play the rockets in in Houston Able to talk to Russ after a man known for for a long time and Someone of I can talk ought to and gives me a lot of really good advice. He he's talking about his his first season via and when they lost twenty seven games straight. is crazy to see. See that I remember as a kid going to their games and There's watching him play in that the whole young team and just where they were they started started to where the big three really finish Going to the finals in Anna. Obviously breaking up But just I mean the growth if they have when they were just starting together I definitely see I mean a young team like having a chance to hopefully doing that. How long did you talk with? Russ after that game with Houston. I talked to him for. I've talked for a little bit For shaves is a good dude. I mean obviously on the court. He's a dog but He's he's a he's someone who's very very genuine is a good to your rookie year. You beat them at home you you drilled them at home last year when you think of like all the moments in your rookie year to beat. Russell Westbrook beat Oklahoma City. Given you spent at your whole childhood at those games at the one that sticks out with you. Yeah it definitely is definitely up there Ricky season without the definite big moment for means I've been there. I remember going to shoot around that morning of the game and just seeing this looking back where I had my season and tickets at in the stands. This is pretty cool to to to remember those moments. So you drive from Norman to Oklahoma City for the game You would get to the arena win on a game night. Depending on who is playing most of the time. It was an hour and a half before the game whenever they opened the doors. So you'd be standing on the steps of the arena waiting for those doors to open. Yeah Yeah I would make my dad. He wouldn't want to get there that early. Make sure once I got home from school homework At the practice makes you my dad's ready to leave so we can get there for and so would you be the guy like running down the stairs like people start going to the arena. which would be running down the stairs to get down to especially the Super Young Prior like the Middle School Years I was definitely one of those guys. I was running down just trying to get close to the court so I can see those guys warm up and that was the thing right trae watching different guys warm up routines. Yeah Yeah it was. It was something that I mean I took. I love the details though things that stood out to me so just go in there and just watching the warm up and see how they prepare for a game with was I mean you need to me. What was Kevin Durant Mansa routine? His is a lot of balance stuff I mean. He vowed stuffy he still does. Today is a lot of balances him doing stuff. I mean you can't do any game because he's spending on one leg landing on two and Just a lot of balancing Some not remember his about Russ Russ he was doing a lot of mid range a lot of a lot of Just move in A lot of a lot of shooting Just used US breaking a sweat on the he was there. He was there Part of the first ones kyrie irving carrier's doing a lot of touched a Around the RIM Working on his finishing handles Getting a lot of shots used a lot of stuff round the round. One More Damian Lillard the US I remember his I remember going to his his warm ups in to see him doing a lot of deep shots. The now's that was something that really stood out to Megan. I love shooting shooting from deep so I remember him warming up soon. Decides to as you got older Russell knew who you were. And and maybe even Kevin because they were a big high school player in that region. Maybe Russ was there longer. Kevin was gone when you're still probably earlier in an in high school we're visiting players. Would you get down like would you get a moment with different. Guises they make you get guys attention in Oklahoma City you and and and get like a a moment with them. Yeah Yeah so I mean my dad. My Dad played basketball so obviously he knows a lot of people that I played with played against against so I was able to. I mean my dad knew guys Dave Vander Pool. I mean guys at that Tony Battie in all those guys that he's known for a long time so I was able to. My Dad knew those people and and and those guys are on teams I was able to go down and I mean picture being able to speak with them for a moment So that that's how I was able to have those connections and those type of moments with these players in those those memories and those pictures trae when you're around when you're courtside in an NBA game and you get that close. The guys at that young age does does it make it feel more accessible. Does it make it feel like this isn't crazy for me to dream about this or is it. When you're when you're you're that close what people who don't ever get that close euros? How good everybody is and then physically How there's only a couple of guys your size there are many? Yeah what strikes you as a young kid who's smaller than everybody else. I mean I just I think I think for me seeing seeing guys that I mean I was real I I knew I was going to be the biggest guy growing up so for me. I was always looking for those guys. That weren't I mean. I've seen my favorite player Steve Nash. I Love Chris Paul One of my favorite players of all time But also I was looking at guys like me that they were playing Jamir Nelson. You see guys I dj Augustine. Those guys can play to the a a DJ still plan in the League. It's it's a lot of guys that I mean I've been able to play in the League for a long time. That I mean aren't aren't the biggest guys in the world that I was. They want to see an odd allies as a kid that I mean I mean gave me gave me a lot of hope that I could be one of those guys and planning you. You know your your biggest fan has peon is Royce Young. WHO's an Oklahoma Grad lives in Oklahoma City? He told me that he'd been hearing. What about you in high school norman? He went to see you play as a junior and he watched the entire first. Half thinking you or one of your teammates That you had a teammate who maybe division to and because of where you were physically usually a player who's going to be a first team all American in college who's going to be a one and done and be a high lottery pick you know who he is. The moment he walks. Does that surprise you that somebody when you think back to what you look like what it was even a junior that somebody would have known right away. Who you're now it's yeah? It's it's not surprising. I I got like I said I win. The biggest guy. Lean on another guy on my team in high schools I mean who is a big deal. Who could really play But I was just a just a small smaller kid who can just shoot. It also plays as you come in you just look at the roster you look at the the team may not you may not take me as a guy that you you assume that was a A really good player. You could've played. I think sometimes your story gets a little carried away. You could've played anywhere you wanted in college. You got grew by everybody now. I think maybe the idea was. You're you're a big time recruit. Maybe not one and done though right like Kansas Kentucky but Larry Krueger it Oklahoma who I think to me like. He's one of the most underrated coaches of his generation. He's one everywhere. He's been like really good basketball schools not great basketball schools. He wins everywhere like he doesn't always have the best talent a different places and and so like it doesn't surprise me. You would have been around Oklahoma Lot and been impressed by him but was what he was selling you. Hey we're going to build the whole thing around you. We're going to let you go out and you early on forty three against Oregon Twenty Six points twenty two assistant I think like northwestern state Sometimes there's a lawyer of saying and let me get out of town. Let me go see what something else looks like but you stayed there. Yeah now is definitely Definitely that was one of my toughest ever made period I mean for me growing up when you'RE A kid and you're watching I mean. Espn Basketball Games. You see you see the Deuce Kentucky's because All these all these coaches and teams are you. I mean you're like man this this offers me. I'M GONNA go there for sure but I mean whenever at that moment all of them really do offer you I. Yeah the decision either go the blue bloods and Or stay home in the decision really is I mean how can I get to the highest level. Because that's my dream of planning in the NBA. And the what the the look in the What you would say from just looking from outsiders you gotta go to blue blood you gotta go to Kansas to to go to the NBA for me That was probably one of the tough stains added to do one of the things for me. I had to tell my dad my dad and I because my dad had wanted me that she might play he he does go into a blue glow is probably the easiest way for me to do that. And Me Having to sit down with my mom. My Dad I mean my my family and just tell them that I wanted to stay home and play play for coach Krueger in my my home. My home on city instead of going to Blue Li- was was a tough but I mean The right decision for me. There was a tension on you and your your one season college. Unlike any player I can remember in the last until Zion Williamson last year and then he took it to another place. Part of it was because he was at Duke and it gets a lot of attention. Yeah he was really dominant and physically unique and all the things that made him a number one. Pick but your season I mean I remember the. ESPN it was. We weren't covering college basketball season. We're covering trae young. And you know you had add some big games early and I think it was like forty three against Oregon. There was a game or two that turned it. Yeah and it was the shooting from distance and it started the steph curry comparisons. Hey here's the first player from the steph curry generation. When do you remember thinking yourself? This is this is different. I'm getting. I'm getting attention. That's different than anything. Not just that I've experienced but I've seen as a college basketball fan. Yeah no now I I would probably say the Oregon game So I think he's probably two games. I'd say the Oregon Game I remember like it was yesterday. Dan Dockage was con again. I remember I had a really good game I that day and I went home. rewind the game and at the end of the Dan. Dockets was is. I think this guy could possibly be a a lottery pick And so ever since then it was just man that confidence in me we just grew and I was just ready to play every night and then I think people forget that Wichita state game we went to We we start the season unrein's we went to which stay who was number three in the country. Obviously that Landry Shamet. They had a lot of really good guys on veteran team and uh we ended up going there in winning on their court so I think that that was another moment where just took it to another level and then from then on it was. Every game was highlighted game. What would people not know unless they were going through it? What it feels liked to be nineteen years old and you're in your hometown and all of a sudden the whole world starts coming to its television like like here come the agents? There's a lot of them Right and they're like we've got a we've got a we've got to get with this kid we've gotta get with his family. We've got to find the people around. I'm them we're late on this guy. Yeah what happens what what is it like to be in the middle of it. It's a lot. It's a lightness. Sadness a lot of things that I mean is more than just basketball is more than just going on to play in a lot of things yet to do outside of basketball. Oh that I mean it's just more pressure on us you Everything you do is what is being wise even more so It's just it's A. It's a good thing to have When when people are talking about you all the time and I mean they're always they're always talking about you they're always complimenting you And then the fame started coming. But if you don't use it in the right way it can it can turn a few gains. Go bad it can turn In a heartbeat. I beat so. It's just a lot of things that you had to to really think about but at the same time at all all falls under playing in giving better so that's all either way learning all that has come after basketball so you score forty-three against Oregon. You're scoring the assist the passing. It's funny I remember when I talked to travel the length about you even during the season even before he knew where he be drafting remember he was talking about. You're passing and he did that all the way until he drafted you and and you've shown that in the NBA people think people are watching closely. Saw The left hand Mike Schmitz who spent time with your draft guy but you know the one handed. The one handed a left hand pass right handed. Pass all the things that were unique to how you play but how much like you walk in the class. You walk around campus you go into town like what is it is it. Look like what it's like in a movie where like people to start following me around campus. Yeah what is just like no is is is different so I mean for me that I the first semester Going to school with Baker Mayfield So that's that was the big man on campus So after football season it really we played probably three four weeks with the football team. Still going and Eh Baker winning the heisman. And and doing all that so I kinda got to still be a kind of a college kid while they were still going but but then after that I mean Baker into the draft and move to La in our season really got going. That's when we played Oregon. That's when we played wichita state and Got Crazy tons. I was late to class and gun show with my academic adviser because I was stopped wearing taking pictures or stopping in talking and to some other students on campus and It was it got crazy instead of my second semester. Out to take more online classes so Actually finishing and do some do my work get to get to class on time. So did you ever hang out with Mayfield much. Yeah I was able to see them. Go out with him like a Friday or Saturday I saw Khotan. So how does what does that alike in. Norman Baker Mayfield Oklahoma football heisman. Trophy winner trump. What is it like you to out somewhere in Norman? It's crazy it's crazy everybody. Everybody knows where we are so I mean it seems like everybody gravitates to where where we are Whether like social media alerts like you guys. People people like people texting poor people posting pictures. Hey they're here. Let's Amine I'll never got that to me if they did but I wouldn't be surprised because it felt like where we where it went. A lot of people there thirty minutes forty five minutes later. It's it's crowded so yes it's crazy. He's he's older than you he'd been he'd bounced around some like was he liked the pied Piper walking around there. Was it like just like a party following him down the street by that point. Yeah now you definitely the man. He was Everybody loves them. He was a I mean he was there multiple times. I mean most years before I got there so Yeah everybody's known. Everywhere he went I mean it was I mean like crazy is life you behind them. So that's it's the man no matter what teamers Fort You love connect with all on Sirius. XM HERE ESPN U.. And more your car on your phone and at home only you subscribe now with packages starting at five dollars per month. Plus fees get closer to every major league with play-by-play expert analysis and even fantasy sports coverage plus adv free music comedy entertainment news and more connect with what matters on Siriusxm visit theories dot com dot com slash listening. ESPN to learn. More subscribe channel. Channel lineup varies by package. You talk talk about what it's like. What is going well and you know you you you the biggest star in college basketball on a long time that it's not going well all season same season and it turns and it felt like as extreme as it was when it was going? Well it became extreme the other direction. Yeah now that's that's One thing that people don't I mean can lose sight of I I mean obviously I got a lot of praise when things were going. Well With Dan started going. Bad is It's not it's not so fun it's not finding for me being nineteen years old Going to enjoy my fresh year in college Means this is a tough Had I had to go through to to really prepare me for. I mean the type of person I am now on the leader. I am now I think I tell you all the time fighting. I didn't go through that. I don't think I'd be the same The same leader. I ever same player. I am now. I think that helped me a lot from just understanding. The UH the fact that I mean there's going to be ups and downs and people that are with you and then turn against you in. This insult fluctuates in this. Made me appreciate appreciate the people that are close to me and That were there for me through it. Also crazy time is a lot of it being that age TRAE and getting on social media. Yeah and reading your mentions like how much of it is. Just finding yourself caught up in that and it can almost be like paralyzing right now because it's it just keeps coming now for sure. I think that's something that I mean. Social Social Media social media is a bad bad tool whenever it's a me a lot of bad things going on Or you're not playing good. That's definitely it's something that is Bring you down a little bit more to wouldn't be as bad as you thought. Maybe once a day in the newspaper article or right on TV sometimes but now whenever you're on social media site that it's tough. Would anybody tell you your dad. Your family stop. Stop looking at it. Stop looking at yeah. Yeah and that's that's something that I I mean. I give a lot of credit because Kruger for I mean 'cause crew was there and he was. He helped me through a lot of that. I mean he gave me. There's some guys at a Meals able to talk to that. He introduced me to that And he really helped go through that that time and Yes I something I really want to thank goes Krueger for because he he me through a lot of that so it was good. You Try your relationship with your dad. He played at Texas Tech is a great story. His Best College game scores forty one against Kansas MHM The day you're born right yeah and play professionally a little bit overseas. How much did you know about about his career about sort of his journey and path when you guys are in the gym playing with each other when you guys are doing drills you're at the You know enormous on. How much of that did he share with you? You show me a little bit I mean I did a lot of the research on my head head. I mean there's Times you didn't probably didn't even know I looked up. A lot of his gains His Dad's whenever he was in college Aw against certain teams when I was in college and I they won or lost against these teams who he played against Me I remember what is it. Call it as a VCR tapes. He has a lot of yards. Yeah I I used to watch a lot of those and I was a kid His Games when you play cans I remember watching saying game Oklahoma state doesn't Mason all those guys like I'm I remember all of that in I remember seeing it as a kid. superkid unlike Just he didn't. He didn't really like bragging about it and bringing it up but he could play he could play any taught me a lot so It's good to have a unless you have like him. How did you build out trae your range? What was it that took you and kept I pushing you further back behind the three point line will so for me I when I grew up As I grew up I didn't like really dribbling the ball so I was always is on the wing play from my dad's team when I was a kid. fourth fifth grade I'll always playing agreater to up and as guys are getting taller I was just on the wing in our grown as much for me for me to get my shot off. I had to scoot my range bag and I was just moving further and further back As years got on I got stronger. and then all were to my handle solid David Move to the one and I always have As scores Battalion shooters mentality. I always had a point guard. Who could dribble out? Despite on the on the wing or in the corner just raise shoot and As as guys got taller order on Marines for them for the back. When did your handle your ability to create your own shot? When did that start come primarily eighth grade eighth grade I was I was star or new to get a better handle? I remember my ninth grade year my freshman year We had a a a point. Dr Team who play the point I was on the wing. I played Start as freshmen But I was also on the wing all the time. The average ten points freshman year in high school and I just Out on the wing ready to fight for open threes. The the the patients the Sher- tray with trying to get the team turned around trying to get guys back from suspension. Getting guys healthy. What's that Ben? You said that your your one one year in college gave you maybe some perspective that helps you now. Have you leaned on the ups and downs of that college season. Maybe even more this year than last year because I think last year. Maybe there wasn't an expectation you were going to be very good. It was. It was a team that people can take it slumps. Yeah no for sure I I think definitely on taking more from from college year too. I mean what I learned then now on this year more than last year for sure. Yeah I think A thing just just the patience. I have Lessen the net I was as a competitor in the type of person I am I you you WanNa win. Now you want to achieve all these things now and it's it's It's good to have that mentality. I think what makes me the type of player I am but a said the day I understand his patients especially not having John here We have three rookies Kes- in the second year We have a lot of young guys in. It's something that I understand is patients Damian Jones Booze. I mean I think he's in his fourth year but I mean. Do you play less games than I have with the warriors. So it's it's It's that understands. His patients on learning a lot Sunday. They night you guys play. The Lakers tough at home comes down to essentially have cam. Reddish has a three to tie it in the last few in seconds. You have a great game around your averages thirty points and what a couple of people said to me what they thought was the most impressive part of it was cam misses a three three and then they go down and closed out. was you going over to Cam and saying hey take that shot the leadership in that moment. Because he's a player you're going to need to. You'RE GONNA need down the road. What would you were you thinking about in that moment when he after you see a medicine? And he's coming back walking off the court. Yeah I feel for them that's That's the type of moment where for me I I have to be a leader out to grow and be a leader regardless of what I I had that game I mean the the easy easy thing is get mad and say why did I take Why didn't he just drilling and give it to me into the last shot but this does not? It's not the type of team that we have type every player that I want to be in this. We're out to be a leader in go to him and tell him just he's GonNa he's GonNa make some miss them. I mean we all do I would miss a lot Those type of a moment for me I felt for Cam. 'cause he he's a competitor. He could shoot. I'm the first to tell me. Can you can play. Like he can shoot and He's kind of having a season like I did last year. I the way he started way I started now. He's Kinda coming along playing Weli lately. Same we I kinda did so for me just to be there for him. Keep his head up everyday Lakers game in town. It was a lot of people there so he wanted wanted to win. That game for us but Now is just keep his head up and He's going to have another another chance Me Again in another game soon so you never knows a lot of gains in years. I was wondering keep his head up. You said it your feels his rookie year. So far maybe maybe feels a little bit like yours. It wasn't really like late. J You know like mid to late January where things really turned and all of a sudden you went from. They're they're never going to get over that trae ladonna inches. Yeah you know trae. Young's a bus and Luca Danni is going to the hall of fame and all of a sudden from the mid January to the end of the season. You've closed the gap on the rookie of the year. More there's people you know who voted for you know you rookie of the year. He wins it but I think in college. The judgments are rationed quick right. Yeah and when you're a rookie in this league with one year of college you probably not GonNa play great right away in the NBA. And I think people you know. Luca was an older player even playing pro ball older in the sense of his experiences. Certainly he's a great player. But I feel like you've got some context on that from yourself but like helping with that no for sure I definitely could see myself in camp. I mean it's hard being the I mean. I think he's twenty years old nineteen season. He's twenty years old. I mean NBA STARTING NBA It's Nice not easy easy. Sell for me. I understand how he's feeling starting the season And now he's playing now is is good to see that he's got an his confidence back. Look it is good to see that what was team. USA minicamp like for you going in the summer in Vegas. Yeah it was good. It was a great experience that was to spend a lot of time with with coach. Van Gundy I mean he's so smart he knows a lot. He's very intense aunts and It was good I was I was. I was very fortunate to be able to go out there and spend some time with him be able to compete against the other guys and it was. It was a good experience on Like I said to be tied by my coach Van. Gundy for a week sequence. Good you know everybody was taking a lot of heat for dropping out of USA basketball. You had the eye infection and I think people think there was. This thing was Trays bail on thing. Doesn't want to be there. You really had an I in fact I officially Two days we we scrimmage the national team. Today's Today's my My eyes messed up Yeah I had a bad I infection out there. So yeah. That's that's not a fake thing. What would you like to stay part of that program like do you see like trying to stay in the pipeline and and be a part of the national team of course? Of course. That's something that obviously at my dream is to play one. I've another J of winning the gold medal In winning for my country. So that's something that of course I want to keep open. I WANNA keep I WANNA keep in in. The dike reminded of winning the gold medal for for your Sunday. How much he have you taken Since that Miami game the one minute left up six. It's over now I'll take a lot of heat That's that's just a funny moment. I mean is I mean. It's crazy moment moment. I mean Europe six with a minute. Let's momentum all in our favorite At that time pretty good look good but Soon as I said it's over I think they went on and twenty two run and there was a crazy time. I mean I was funny funny. I mean it sucks losing especially losing in that fashion but Something I'll be able to look back twenty years from now and be like yeah. I'll have to remember that back. So so Jimmy Butler Kinda made a joke about it online a year ago. Now you you you kind of laugh at yourself back at them could you. Would you have gotten out of the year ago now. I probably wouldn't have done that a year ago. I think for me. It's I mean it's I don't like getting on Social Media Wars. I see a lot of guys do that. I mean nowadays a I mean go back and forth with each other on on social media Is Not who I am. I mean that's I mean Jimmy I tried to do. I said it's over. And then he retaliated out to the game and that's that's something the net. He felt that he should have done so as I laughed at it But it's all good Sherwin when you look at this Atlanta team new organization when you're trying to figure out what it means to be a franchise player and that's what you WANNA be. WanNa be a franchise the player in this league. They're building a team around you. What are you figuring out? What are you learning? What are you asking about around about like all the responsibilities responsibilities that come with it like besides playing while every night? Yeah I mean that's that's the thing is A lot more than just taking care of yourself so I mean you're taking care of your teammates. I taking care of the organization you're taking care of the fans In the city you're doing things for the community. Ability is is more than just what you do on the court odds yes the main thing yet to focus on is is. I mean being ready every night playing but it's a lot more that goes into you got to get to do community events yet to mean. Spend some time with your teammates dinner. Do little things like that and I think that's something that I mean. 'cause pierce obviously he's been around a lot of great players worked great players. Great teens than I mean you told me a lie and taught taught me about a lot. is just doing the little things that go along way dry. Thanks for dropping happening. Thanks for doing this man. Good to see you back at seaport. What year and a half after the draft year? Say It's been it's been a great year and a half so far of the come back soon visit. Is this all right. Thank you try reset it. Thanks for listening to this episode of the world's Pot a big thank you to our guest Atlanta Hawks Guard trae trae young. 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