Thursday, October 4, 2007

Trenton Hassell Q&A

It’s been a hectic and trying week for Trenton Hassell. Not long after learning he was traded from Minnesota to the Mavericks last Friday, his father was hospitalized. Trenton spent much of the week at home in Tennessee with his family – his father is doing much better – before getting to Dallas midday Thursday.

From there it didn’t slow down. Trenton met his new teammates, recorded promos for the team’s TV broadcast and prepared for the night’s Fan Jam festivities at American Airlines Center. He will practice with the team for the first time Friday morning.

The 28-year-old guard, known for his perimeter defense and solid mid-ranger game, is expected to be a key contributor this season. During a quiet moment outside the locker room before heading out to sign autographs, caught up with the newest Maverick.

How is your dad doing?
He’s doing well. It was tough to deal with because it happened suddenly. He’s at home now doing well.

Talk about coming to Dallas.
I’m just happy to be here in this situation on a great team. I want to contribute in some way.

What’s it like going from a rebuilding situation to a contender at this point in your career?
It is blessing. I’m old enough where the only thing that I’ve got to accomplish is win a ring. I’m trying to get there and this is my best chance.

What’s today been like since getting here?
Busy. I’ve got a lot of things to do, so other than that everything went well.

Obviously, basketball is basketball, but you’ve still got to learn a new system.
I’ve got to learn and adjust myself to playing with a bunch of different guys in a new system.

Avery said he wants to bring you along slowly, but expects you to play a big part on this team. What are your expectations for what you can do this season?
We’ll see what happens. There are some great guys here. They’re fun loving, play hard and good friends.

Did you hear any rumors about coming to Dallas?
Miami. Not here. It was a shock. A good shock.

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