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Danny Avdia returned from the All-Star break from the same point where he stopped in front of her.
After recording 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss to the Knicks, the forward is preparing for tonight's game (10:30 p.m.) against Chicago, where Washington will try to return to victory.
In between, he was interviewed for the podcast of the official website of the Wizards in Israel, and provided some interesting statements.
"I feel much better socially lately," Avdia said about integrating into the locker room.
"Social status is very important, and at some point I brought something different here. I became a bit more mature, so the guys respect what you have to say more, listen more. All in all, I'm a happy person, a person who spreads joy, I'm very positive and fun to watch who appreciate it. At first it's more difficult to accept someone who is an outsider, but the connection between me and Porzingis helped a lot. People get carried away by this connection, they see the friendship we have and understand what a European connection is. I'm glad we get to do it."
Avdia said that unlike previous seasons, this season, "as soon as I get the first spark, it's very easy for me to get fired up. It's not easy all the roller coasters throughout the season. I make progress even after less good games, I know how to forget about it and do it much better than before. I've been in so many situations in the NBA, there wasn't one emotion I didn't experience, so when I experience everything the second time, I know how to deal with it better. You develop a kind of skin that's very immune to everything that's going on around you."
They start counting him both in the locker room and at the opponents.
With Porzingis (Photo: GettyImages, G Fiume)
On his contribution to the defense: "Me and Delon Wright are the two most important anchors the team has in the defensive part. Each of us specializes in different things in the defense, but with our size we create problems in the defense. We have something in our mentality that changes the momentum, changes the atmosphere. The belt that is handed out after every A game? It's very random and people get very upset about it. I don't really think it's the protective belt, it's premeditated. I do the job on the field, I'm not interested in the belt."
On the change of style in Washington: "There are games where we share the ball less and go into isolations more, so it still exists, but yes there is more balance between the players and we understand what needs to be done to win games. If someone goes that day, we go to them. As long as It's shared and we win, so everything is fine. The bottom line is we share the ball a lot more compared to last season. Bradley Beal showed his greatness by getting off the ball a little bit, he realized that he draws a lot of fire and he makes other players' life a lot easier. He More morals, and these things get other players into the rhythm. He sacrifices himself so that the team is better, and that's a big thing that a player of his size must do to be part of a winning team."
On improving penetration to the basket: "I no longer live and die on my three-pointer. I'm not a bad shooter. I score just fine, I've always had the technique and the shooting, but the problem is that in the NBA it's a bit complicated because there's fatigue and all kinds of periods. I I don't stop shooting because I believe in my shooting, but I saw that there are many more ways to produce points, I'm happy that I do so many things on the court, I also do defense, also good morale, the penetration is also improving, and I'm also able to score. The next step will be To develop penetration to the left as well, to develop changes of direction, I'm really expanding my game and learning to be a much more efficient player. I'm happy that even when the threes don't go in, I have something to rely on."
On the change in the attitude towards him from the opposing teams: "I feel that I'm being scouted more, and I hear the coaches talking about me from the sideline. It entered their minds that I'm not someone who stands in the corner, not a sucker who doesn't throw to the basket. It's very difficult to stop me when I go to the basket at top speed, or you do I get a foul or I score, especially against players shorter than me. I learned how to use my body, the guys in the team see that I have an aggressiveness that cannot be ignored, and I hope they will continue to believe in me."
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"No longer lives or dies on the three-pointer."
Avdia Matev (Photo: GettyImages, David Berding)
On working with personal trainer Drew Hanlen, and the lessons he derives from working with him: "There are games where I think more about the shot, and there are games where I think less. I like the games where I think less. He showed me an interesting statistic, that if I take the shot when the ball is in my possession Less than 3 seconds in my hand, I shoot with a good percentage. When the ball is in my hand for more than 3 seconds, then my percentage drops drastically to something like 20%. The three-pointer is often mental, not necessarily a matter of technique. When I'm not thinking, I'm at my best ".
On the amount of shots he gets when he plays alongside Porzingis, Bill and Kuzma: "You have to bite your lip and accept the situation as it is right now. They can tell me 'why are you passing', 'why didn't you shoot', but in the end there is a hierarchy. It's like LeBron now will be on the field and suddenly Troy Brown will take the last shot. This is not something that will do him any good."
On the feedback he receives from fans of the sport in Israel: "Everyone is a coach in their own head, everyone has their own opinions. In the end, people do not understand what is really happening within the team. It is easiest to come and say through the screen what I should do. Sometimes you also have to stand up In the corner, big players also stand there sometimes, that's part of basketball. If there are people who don't like the way I play, that's their problem. There are games where I take 4-5 shots, and I'm fine with that, I enjoy the way."