Xavier Henry: 2014 Exit Interview

Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento KingsXavier Henry appeared in 43 games (five starts) towards averages of 10.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steals on 41.7 percent field goals and 34.1 percent on three-pointers. Of the injuries he dealt with, Henry missed nearly two months with a bone bruise and an abnormality of the lateral meniscus and tore a ligament in his left wrist. He was officially shut down for the season on Apr. 4. Henry underwent successful surgeries on his knee and wrist on Apr. 11 and is expected to make a full recovery by the beginning of training camp.

*There is no accompanying video for Henry because his meeting with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Mike D’Antoni came prior to the typical day of exit interviews.

- On what he saw from Henry this year:
Mike D’Antoni: “I’d never seen him play that much. He hadn’t played anywhere, so I think mostly he just got a chance to show what he had, and whether it’s an improvement or not, it’s just getting a chance to showcase it a little bit. The biggest thing he needs to make an improvement going forward is understanding when to drive, when not to drive. When to draw the defense and when to kick. That comes with experience and I think he improved at it, especially when he went to point guard. He showed signs of he’s getting better at it. But again, being young and being that this is the first time he’s played (extensively), he’s pretty good.”
*quote courtesy of ESPN Los Angeles.com’s Dave McMenamin

- On what he felt he was able to do this season:
“I just showed I can compete, just showed I can play in this league and help my team win. Contribute, be an impact player. That’s what I tried to do.”
*quote courtesy of ESPN Los Angeles.com’s Dave McMenamin

- On trying to play through his injuries to finish the year:
“(I’m) obviously not 100 percent, but I am going to push the most out of it I can for these last games and try to help the team win. All I can do is try my best and that’s all I am going to do. I wasn’t going to quit on my guys. I love playing in this system with his team and with our coaches. I’m going to try and make it last as long as I can. I’m having fun and I’m going to continue to have fun.”

- On the number of setbacks with his knee that delayed his return:
“When you get a lot of swelling, it forces other things to happen in whatever joint it is. And they didn’t want anything else to get hurt while my knee was swollen up, so we’d have to hold off, let the swelling get out and try it again.”

- On first receiving news that he had a torn ligament in his wrist:
“I was going to play anyway. The good news is it’s (torn). I feel like with that mindset, I can’t do too much worse to it, so now it’s just go out there and be myself.”

- On his two assignment games with the L.A. D-Fenders:
“I just wanted to get out there and play really. I wanted to make it through a game without my knee swelling up, without it getting really stiff, stuff like that.”