By Jamieson Welsh.
Today, I caught up with Joe Ingles for a chat.
The discussion was basically a forum for Ingles to rip on Dante Exum, which was funny. Aside from that, he had some insight into his season so far.
Listen to the Sound Cloud or read below. Recommend that you listen as Joey’s dry humour comes through better via audio than in text.
I’m here with Joe Ingl…
I ain’t talkin’ about Dante.
Haha! No problem! Joe, met you last time at the Clippers/Nuggets pre-season game in Vegas. How would you view everything that’s gone on since then? How’s the transition… Like the role on that team vs. the role on this team?
I didn’t really have a role on that team! (laughs) Yeah, I mean when I went there, at the start they wanted to try and get me some minutes at the 2 and 3. Yeah, I mean, at the time guys that were playing that weren’t playing great & they were trying to play them into form with the season coming up and obviously I understand that I was only in training camp with them. So, the opportunity there was fairly limited. But, yeah, obviously getting waived was disappointing but, I got a call pretty much straight away from these guys & knowing Quin a little bit from Europe & knowing… [Stares blankly at Dante Exum]… him over there… Obviously I jumped at the opportunity to come here. Yeah, it’s been great since then.
Well since we’re talking about “him over there”, how would you describe your relationship with Dante? Especially seeing now you’re on the same team. I heard stories that you guys ride to games together…
Well… First of all, I don’t like him at all. I had to pick him up because he had no drivers license. Which is pretty pathetic at the age he was… Umm… And then…
Dante: “I had no say”
I know you didn’t have a say, you’re 15 years old! But, yeah, we’ve known each other over the last few years through the national team. He’s been lucky enough to sit on the bench & watch me play for the national team. We were roommates too with that. Obviously coming here where you don’t know anyone, it’s helps to have someone that you are familiar with.
Now, on this team, a lot of people view you as a play-maker a guy who makes plays, making different passes, finding people in their spots. But, people want to see you being more aggressive on the offensive end. What do you have to say about that?
I mean… Keep waiting?… I mean, I’ll take open shots when they’re open but I’m not going to take a bad shot or try and force anything. So, I do like passing the ball and getting other guys involved. I think with the guys we’ve got on this team that’s my kind of primary objective and makes sense. Obviously with Trey and Fav and Gordon get so much attention, if i do get an open shot, I’m not going to NOT shoot it. But yeah, I’m not going to force anything & take a bad shot.
Got it. Now, going against the Warriors tonight. You’re going up against a couple of big wings. Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green (if you consider him a wing). Is there any particular way you try & attack them on both ends. Especially on the offensive end?
Nothing that stands out. Obviously they don’t have a gaping hole in their defense. I think they’re number 1 or 2 or something in the league in defense. So, we’ll play our same way. Be aggressive and get guys involved. We’ve been a pass first team this whole year so everyone’s very open to getting guys involved. We’ll keep playing our same game.
Playing at home. Is there any difference that you’ve noticed to playing at home in particular? Fans more involved? Do you shoot better at home?
A part from the whole crowd cheering for us instead of boo-ing for us. But, not really, I mean, to play at home is obviously great. Our fans are obviously great and when they get into it, it gets pretty loud in here. Yeah, nothing major. Just to be at home is always nice.
Nice. Last but not least, I know “that guy over there”… What do you guys do on the road? Do you guys have a buddy system on the road?
Well. Dante plays Pokémon. So, nobody gets to really see much of him. But, um, not really. We’re on the road so much. Sometimes you want to spend it alone. If guys are going to eat, it’s usually a group thing or a couple of groups. Yeah, we all get along well. There’s no leaving people out or anything like that. It’s always fun. But, sometimes you want your own alone time as well.
Definitely understand. Appreciate that, thank you very much.
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