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  • Q&A with Kyle Singler

  • "Basketball for me has always been a joy and put me in a position where I've made my dreams come true. I think the same reasons why it's hard are the same reasons why I like it. It's tough competition, to keep your job is very tough and you always have to be on your toes and put your best foot forward to perform and do well. There's always pressure in that aspect, but you've got to learn how to deal with it."
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  • "Basketball for me has always been a joy and put me in a position where I've made my dreams come true. I think the same reasons why it's hard are the same reasons why I like it. It's tough competition, to keep your job is very tough and you always have to be on your toes and put your best foot forward to perform and do well. There's always pressure in that aspect, but you've got to learn how to deal with it."
    "The greatest thing about being in the NBA is you get to play against guys that, one, I've looked up to and, two, a lot of people admire and talk about. Whenever I go up against guys like LeBron and Kevin Durant and guys that are just superstars, it's cool. For me sometimes it's not reality just because I've always watched tape on them to get to where I am and now I'm guarding against them in a real game, it's just a cool feeling. It's by far a challenge. It humbles you to play against guys that are masters of their craft. LeBron James is one of the best players to ever play and to be on the same court as guys like that, who 50 years down the road will be looked at as legends, is humbling and a joy at the same time because it's also inspirational."
    "It hasn't hit me like a ton of bricks but it's chipped away at me. It does leave an edge inside of you. No one likes to lose as many games as the Detroit Pistons have lost but, at the same time, it's something I haven't dwelled on because if you do you'll get down or depressed and that's no good. I've always tried to see the positive in each season and my family has been a great support system for me."
    "So far I've had two decent years so going into my third year I don't think there's a lot of pressure to perform, but there is still pressure to perform at your highest level. I think I've improved from my first year to my second year and I only see myself improving more. I see myself putting in a lot of hard work in the offseason and going places to study other players, workout with them and see what they do and how they approach the game and different drills that I can maybe use to help my game grow. I'm always searching to improve, and going into my third year it's only going to be that much more important."
    "Follow your passion and follow your heart in whatever you want to do. The simplest way to put it is pursue your dreams but just know that the hard work that you put into it will never be done. You always have to keep on working to grow and improve. I've gotten to where I've gotten because of hard work and everything, but I still have to continue to work at it."
    "I've been so proud of my brother, from when he is little to where he is now. He's continuing to get better as a basketball player and his hard work will pay off. I do see him being an NBA player at one point, and when that day happens I'll be very happy for him. The main concern I have for E.J. is just his health. For everything else, he can fend for himself and will be just fine."
    "First of all, I feel very honored to be selected as one of the people involved in that. I would say I'm a fairly lucky guy. I don't want to tell what my lucky charm is but I've had lucky moments. Do I think we'll get the No. 1 pick, I doubt it, but I would like to see us move up from what we are expected to get (No. 8). If we at least move up one spot, I feel deep down that I've done my job. But if we move back, it's not my fault and I'll point the finger somewhere else."
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