Ten Year Vet! (Exclusive Mo-Pete Interview)
October 30, 2010
It’s tradition. Anytime Morris Peterson is anywhere in my vicinity I have to catch up with him.
When the Detroit Pistons hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder for this season’s home opener, this year was no different. Although he was on the inactive list, there wasnt any other player on the roster that I wanted to talk with more, not even Kevin Durant.
That’s how us Flintstones roll.
Here is how our conversation went…
Eric Woodyard: Obviously you’re back home. How does it feel to be back home in Michigan?
Morris Peterson: It’s always good to be back home and see some familiar faces especially with the long season and being on the west coast. We dont get a chance to get home so it’s always good to come home and see some familiar faces and see your family.
EW: I read something the other day where it talked about how the young guys on this team was blazing you because you were older than most of the players on this team, could you talk about how that’s been? (laughs) Do they still tease you about that?
MP: (laughs) Not as much, but that first week was rough. It’s a thing to go from being one of the youngest guys in the locker room, I remember those days, to now being the older guy but it’s all good that just means they like you.
EW: Last year when we talked, I asked you how was it to play with Chris Paul. This year you’re with another superstar in Kevin Durant, how fun is it to watch him?
MP: I think KD is a great player. He’s definitely ahead of his time. You dont find too many guys his age doing the things he does. If you look at it, he’s a match up problem. Him being 6-10, 6-11 and being able to handle it and shoot over smaller guys or drive around big guys, he always has an advantage so it’s great playing with a guy like him. To watch him last year and see him do the thing he did was good but once we were in practice, I think he’s worked even harder so it shows out on he court.
EW: How are you feeling health-wise? I know you’ve been battling with injuries for the past seasons…
MP: I’m feeling great, feeling better. I’m just trying to get back into it and get in the rotation and hopefully just try and get out there.