This first round draft pick is having a NBA moment.
First round draft pick Arron Afflalo is having a NBA moment.
MF: First off, congratulations on going in the first round.
AA: It was an exciting time for me, I appreciate that I’m in a good position right now.
Did you celebrate?
I didn’t do a whole lot, I didn’t have a party or anything like that. I had my family with me and I went to New York then I went straight over to Detroit. I didn’t do too much to celebrate, honestly.
You were playing in the NBA summer league in Vegas last month, how was it?
It was a good experience to get out there and play with some older guys who are playing for an opportunity to play in the NBA. There was a lot of competitive spirit out there and it was really good for a first experience.
Did you find it more difficult than playing at UCLA?
[Laughs] Well, obviously everyone is a little bit older and more mature, so from that standpoint there’s going to be an adjustment period but the game’s still the same and I think I’ll do fine.
Do you have any good Vegas stories or were you playing and training the whole time.
We were pretty much on schedule. We either had games or practices and scrimmages on our off days so we were pretty busy.
How was it playing with the other rookies on the Pistons?
Good, good. All the guys have great personalities and I got to know them a little bit. I was roommates with the other rookie that was drafted in the first round, Rodney Stuckey.
Before the draft were you nervous? How’d you deal with that?
At that point [at the Garden] I had been through all my workouts with individual teams and I had gone through my training process. In my mind I felt like I had done all I could do and there was no point in worrying.
So the time you’d spent training and making other preparations helped keep you relaxed?
At that point, I understood that I put in the work and it wasn’t in my hands anymore. There were a lot of things I did on the days leading up to the draft and I’d also gotten a lot of positive feedback beforehand, so on the day of the draft I was confident.