Jerryd Bayless says the OKC and Portland models need to be followed
Thoughts on your development.
Like the direction of the team?
[The Raptors] gave me an opportunity to go out there play and for the most part it went well. Hopefully, it continues.
How to take that next step?
Definitely, the record doesn't really show it right now but I think with all the young guys and everybody getting the opporutnity to play, it'll play dividends in the long run. I definitely like the direction the team is going and we all have to take another step forward now for next year. And I know we will.
Everybody has to work. Everybody has to really redediciate themselves this summer to the gym. Jay and Bryan I'm sure are talking to people on what they think they need to work on. I think if everybody goes into the summer thinking they need to improve on something and take the next step individually in the game, everybody collectively will get better.
What area does this team need to address?
What do you need to get better at?
We need to address defense. Defensively we need to get better, that's been kind of our weak-point this whole year. Experience is definitely [an issue] and I know we're going to take the right steps because we're a good team, and because we have guys who want to get better.
How much is the defensive problems concepts not being understood and how much is it just commitment on part of the players?
I need to continue to improve overall, that's one of the things me and Jay were talking about. Get into the gym and workout.
Are you looking to play somewhere in the summer?
I think the coaches did a great job of putting the concepts out there. It's not a commitment thing for players, it's a communications thing. We're a really young team so we're learning a lot of things, and over time and with the experiences we had this year, going into next year we'll definitely be better.
Should the attitude around here be different considering this was a bad season?
It was a rough season. 22 wins is not a real positive season, but you can take the positives out it. Not too many young guys get an opportunity to play like that, I didn't play for my first year at all. The opporutnity we got with these young guys to continue to grow including myself will definitely pay dividends. You look at OKC or Portland before I was even there, they let their young guys grow and now you see where they are and the steps they took. I think it's definitely going to help us and we're going to be good.