This is pretty fascinating...Over the last couple of years, you’ve been more diversified, rolling straight to the rim, which you used to do almost all the time, and now you’ve started popping out a little bit more. How have you worked on that, and how does it help having a guy like Kyle who’s such a threat to score coming around your screen?
It’s all reads on the court. It depends on how the defense is playing. If they trap, I have to make the short roll, so I have to stay in the pocket where you can see me to make the pass. (Note: Amir’s “short roll” was detailed by Zach Lowe in his NBA Mega-List of Things to Like and Dislike on Thursday. Scroll down to no. 13.) If the defense gets dragged out, stays longer on Kyle, I get the pop. And if the defense sags back, that’s when I roll. It’s all a read.
When you’re making that decision, are you reading your man, his man, or a combination of both?
I’m reading my man, to see how he plays it. If I set it, he’s either going to trap Kyle, or Kyle’s going to extend him out for my pop, or Kyle’s going to go downhill for a basket.
How does that change, if at all, when it’s Greivis coming around the screen? Or if it’s Terrence [Ross] or DeMar [DeRozan]?
Oh, it’s the same way. It all depends on how they’re guarding it. But I know Greivis is strong going right. That way I can set the pick and get out quicker, and my man either has to guard two people, or the weak side has to help in, then you get it kicked out for the 3 for T-Ross and all our shooters.