This is about David Lee, who's having his best season in the NBA. But it's also how the West Coast offense in football leads to a good interview.
In the West Coast offense, the coordinator scripts several plays to start the game. Sure, he wants to succeed on those plays, but he also wants to see how the opposing defense responds. He is learning by calling certain plays.
Same goes for interviewing. I ask trial questions to see what my subject is like. I had a hunch Lee would be great. I had listened to his postgame interviews and he answered every question, and came off smart and polite.
I started off easy, asked why he was practicing at the Warriors' facility Thursday morning when the team was off. It was not a basketball question. It was a personality question. I was West-Coasting him.
"I feel a lot better being over-prepared than under-prepared," he said. "Also, to see the guys."
OK, now we had a preliminary direction. I asked what he gets out of seeing the guys
"We have good chemistry. I'd rather be around my teammates than home. It makes a huge difference between us being a decent team and a really good team."
For a while, he talked about improving chemistry. He said he and Stephen Curry are the team leaders.
"Up until this year, Steph wasn't real vocal in the locker room," he said, "just because he was young and he was trying to feel his way. Also, he was battling injuries. This year he's been a great vocal leader for us."