By Jamieson Welsh.
Yesterday, in the Los Angeles Clippers 104-93 loss to the Denver Nuggets at Mandalay Bay, Joe Ingles got his first ever pre-season NBA start. Ingles played 18 minutes and finishing with three points, three rebounds and one assist.
Believe The Hype caught up with Joe Ingles after the game for a quick chat. More from this conversation and Believe The Hype’s interview with Chris Douglas-Roberts will appear in the next podcast.
Check it out:
Joe, you were in the starting line-up tonight. How would you grade your overall performance?
I don’t really grade myself very often… So… It was good to be out there, play some minutes with the guys and it felt good out there. I felt pretty comfortable. A little nervous at the start but after a couple of minutes it felt good.
The mark on you is being a great play-maker from the wing. How does your play-making skills come into this system?
Obviously the other guys get a lot of attention and I think one of my strengths is that I can make plays off those pick and rolls or beat my man. If I draw someone, then I’m a very willing passer. So, yeah I didn’t obviously get the ball too much tonight, just played my role. I’m kinda happy to just do whatever I have to do.
What differences and changes do you see in your game in regards to playing in the Euroleague versus the NBA?
Probably just the size and athleticism. The European game has gone kind of small ball now. A lot of 3 men are playing the 4 spot. Probably just the size, obviously everyone’s bigger and the guys in Europe are getting a lot smaller.
How have the practice sessions been? Are you adapting to the speed of the NBA a bit easier? Or was it difficult at first?
I’ve experienced it a little bit a few years ago (Summer League with the Warriors) and when you play internationally, like we’ve played America three or four times and you kind of get a feel for it there. None of it’s been a surprise really but it does obviously take some time getting used to. It’s a different speed compared to European basketball.
Who’s the best Clipper at intimidating your accent?
Blake (Griffin) & DJ (DeAndre Jordan) are the worst offenders. They do it the most. Blake’s is getting better. DJ just does any kind of accent he can. JJ’s (Reddick) is not very good. Probably Blake… But I really don’t want to give him any props for it.
You’ve played in some great cities around the world. Melbourne, Barcelona, Tel Aviv… Now Los Angeles. Where do they all stack up & how does LA stack up so far?
I’ve only been in LA for three or four weeks. It’s kind of hard with being in the gym or at the hotel for most of the time. Obviously Australia’s my hometown, anytime I get back there is great. Barcelona was pretty special, I enjoyed my time there… It’s a city I could probably live in after I retire.
Thanks Joe, appreciate it. Good luck!
Jamieson Welsh is a #BTHype US Correspondent & will be covering games across the West Coast for believethehypeNBA.com this season. Follow him on Twitter:@theejamieson