Inside Look: Toni Kukoc - Part 3
Mon, 11 Mar 2013|
Part 3 of Luke Stuckmeyer's exclusive one-on-one interview with Toni Kukoc - 3/10
-- Inside look Tony. Presented by Cadillac. Now continues. Off. Before Michael came back there's the question you probably get how many times a week one point eight. Well I'll give them well -- the other question today -- wed twenty years later atletico was there Boone who said woods when they talked about this and that. I I think I hit the couple shots during that did that season where a lot of second shots and and I have never taught. Negative vote taken the last second shot in my mind the whole war ended in my head rules get the ball residents through the night. Had a feeling that all the shots that I was hitting those -- -- -- go go on. And and it was justice. I guess of the natural reaction you get away from the defense and shoot. Did you think that after the game the review is bigger reaction is there was to -- in the floor one on the floor. Ultimately honestly everything under the -- media was big reaction compared to Europe with the European media at. In my time over there that didn't have that much. To do with the team you did you could call or not to talk to the media or or leg. Talked to the media once a week once and then in two weeks maybe a bit here. It is we -- -- crazy to be called before practice after practice before a game up the game. When you go all of the employees when you go to the hotel. So assault pull that thing was just. Kind of overwhelming and then I was glad it was of me when you think of. Joining Michael and Scottie. In a different situation. You may be could've been a star player on the team. Would you trade any of the championships for a chance to be that thirty point guy and all star all the time and you think you could've done that player. Was I think if I played with with the knowledge that I gut. Blum -- this the if I played for some other team I think I could have been. One point where 46. And six when. But other military they -- is. These guys here with the with the vols. Will be basketball is his team team game teams -- I always say winning the championship beats. He's an old story. I don't know how many times and if you us sort of largely that you. Reggie Miller. Moment the other players did that did not win the championship you've they would trade. Couple of there also -- games for a fortune this year of but today and -- serve. No problem. When you get that many star players together those somebody has to sacrifice the Lakers are learning that it's not easy to do it. No absolutely and those are those the great part about the vols who have there's that everybody knows their role. Everybody knew when they come in the game what they come in in the game four and a what they're supposed to do -- with the system and of course you've been -- some pretty good teams to even though you weren't on the dream team there's a bunch of banners that hang here in the United Center. What what one memory can you tell us about that maybe we don't know about your championships with the Bulls only got to thank you know. -- pretty much everything that happened those those hairs on the on the from the whole experience is just just weren't huge memory. I think when you win the championship of them off thank you look at looking back it's it's a ring or or or championship banner. You go through them practices you go to the games you go through the knowledge that. These some some dinners. Or or some talks with the -- two of them Michael and Scottie with the guys when when. Your game wasn't there then then. All that older makes it makes them one great memory so which one means the most here. Which -- -- the most. -- For probably because of the facility to him. And record. I would separated. Bill -- way. Those of us have. Something that went on maybe -- one of the bosses are one of the planes other plenty of them there's just not worth TV. What does it mean to you to be part of that first group that really expanded the NBA's global. All of. Owned well it didn't -- it was actually scary. At first because we had no idea what we just saw the suddenly these video over MBA players then and that we've talked about it. And it was from a really good. He didn't tell you that that's how how to explain that like Colombo. Getting on on the Santa Maria go slower and and and I don't know we'll gonna happen. So so good that that's how we who we were thinking about it then than now. I guess we got lucky. To play the these games against. -- against the players our age. That that we -- of the college or or -- -- -- appear that when they went from college to the NBA so so we knew when. Alone Zo Gary Payton Miller Larry Johnson and all these guys that we played and were actually. Able to be. The that they were going to do bid they've become an all stars that kind of gave us to prove a case that they're doing that we've we might be good enough. Two to go over there and then we play action not just go over there and sit on the bench -- actually play and make if we need him. Does that make you proud though to know they. You opened the door for Dirk Nowitzki and you go -- you -- down the list there's international players will work place that will only when we see each other than the assault squad taught him from -- much of an -- is the that I did the event's. A couple of the guys that we we do feel like to -- you. That that they came here. It's covered. And CA. That'll actually put the European. Players on the map for baskets.