LAS VEGAS (FIBA Americas Championship) – With starst like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Carmelo Anthony, there is chance that Michael Redd would go unnoticed to those who can’t appreciate his quality as a sharpshooter with the Milwaukee Bucks. He was big against Brazil, after scoring 16 points, from an impressive 4-7 from the three point line.
Does it was challenge for you today?
Definitely, it was. Brazil has been playing very well and we’re started a bit weak, but we started with the idea that it could be even.
What does it mean, at your age, to be part of Team USA?
I really want to be with this team. There are some dirty players that I usually face in the NBA. There, they put two or three men on me; that is why I happy here.
Did Team USA need to improve their shooting? Was that one of the problems in the last few years?
Yes. Anyway, we have practice our shooting a lot, and know we are getting better percentages. The three-point line is closer than in the NBA, which forced me to adapt, but I’m fascinated with the challenge.
With Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in the team, don’t you feel a bit underestimated?
No, I don’t think so. It’s obvious that is not the same than playing in Milwaukee, which is in the national level. I’m one of the top scorers in the NBA, and not a lot of people recognize that, but it’s alright. What’s good about this team is that nobody is thinking about their points or stats. The only thing we have in mind is the gold medal.
Do your teammates ask you to shoot?
Yes, they love the way that I shoot, which is great. I’m feeling my teammates’ support.
Is Beijing in your mind?
No, we need to focus in Mexico now. We’ll think in Mexico when the time comes.
What going to Beijing will mean to you?
The whole world; is the most important tournament in the planet. To bring a gold medal again to USA will be enormous.