Anthony Morrow talks Brooklyn, basketball, D-Will with SLAM

Some highlights:

SLAM: What are your thoughts on the franchise’s ability to pull together a new fan base in Brooklyn? Obviously you’ll keep a few fans from New Jersey, but for the most part the team will need to bring in a whole new set of fans.

AM: I think we’re gonna have all of Brooklyn. You know, New York is New York. They’re gonna love the Knicks. But I think with us coming over to Brooklyn, we’re gonna really pull some fans onto our side. A lot of fans. I think League-wide we’re gonna get more fans as we develop as a team and get better. But I’m really excited. It’s something new, and I’m just blessed to be a part of the movement and this history being made.

SLAM: Have you had any conversations with Deron Williams about his situation? So much of the squad’s future is resting on his free agency decision over the summer.

AM: A little bit. Me and Deron, we don’t always talk about it too much. I know at the end of the day, Deron is a future Hall of Famer, and he’s gonna do what’s best for himself and his family. That said, I think he really likes Brooklyn. He loves the team, our teammates. Our team chemistry—I’ve probably never had this kind of team chemistry with a team before. We do so much stuff together. He’s gonna do what’s best for him and his family, and that’s the main thing. All of the guys respect that about him. You gotta do what makes you happy. [But] I want him back. I tell him all the time, I want him back [laughs].

(Italics added for emphasis.)

SLAM: What are you working on this summer, as far as your game is concerned?

AM: I want to lead the League in 3-point percentage next year. And I want to get better in every aspect. I always want to get better at something every year. I think I got better off the ball, coming off screens, but it’s something I still gotta get better at. My post game came a long way. When I was talking to Avery after the season, he said he never knew he could post me up—he didn’t even think of it. Being able to do that now, and expanding my game that way, I think I’m just gonna continue to improve on those things offensively. Defensively, I want to average more steals. I want be more active defensively. I think that’s something that our strength-and-conditioning guy Jeremy is going to help a lot with. I want to come back, like, ‘I know I got better at this. I know I got better at that.’ I always come in in pretty good shape; I wanna come in in great shape. Those are the little goals that I have.

Click here to check out the entire interview with Anthony Morrow by Adam Figman over at SLAM.