Kendall Marshall: 2014 Exit Interview

IMG_0596Claimed out of the NBA D-League in mid-December, Kendall Marshall soon found himself in the starting lineup due to injuries that hit every Lakers point guard. He appeared in 54 games (45 starts) towards averages of 8.0 points, 8.8 assists (second in the league) and 2.9 rebounds on 40.6 percent field goals and 39.9 percent on three-pointers. During one stretch in January, he posted five straight games of at least 10 points and 10 assists, one of three players to have such a streak this year.

- On how his exit meeting went and what type of feedback he received from Mitch Kupchak and Mike D’Antoni:

“Meeting went well. We talked about what I needed to get better at for next year. The main thing was the mental approach. Obviously I have some physical limitations so they want to make sure I master the game mentally. I felt like I was a rookie this year. Playing every single night and playing almost 40 minutes a night wore on me.”

- On if he envisioned being handed the reigns to an NBA team:
“I didn’t see that coming. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity. Certain things had to fall into place. I don’t wish injuries on anybody but I was the benefactor of that. When I first got here, I was just happy to be here. I was trying to be the greatest teammate. Then I realized I could play in this league. If I work hard I can play in this league.”

- On the influence Steve Nash had on him this year:
“Steve Nash is a great veteran. I felt like I was creeping on him. When you have a guy as great as him, you want to watch his every move. When he went out for his pregame workouts, I would pull out my phone and video tape him. I wanted to see what he does.”

- On what he learned this season:
“I showed I can run a team. I can get guys the ball. I don’t think it was ever a question but it was more solidified and I showed an ability to knock down shots. Now it’s just doing it on a more consistent basis.”