Josh McRoberts appeared in 50 regular season games, starting six, and did a lot of the team’s dirty work while averaging 2.4 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 47.5 percent from the floor. He played a total of 16 minutes in the postseason.
Below is a summary of his exit interview:
- On his meeting with Mitch Kupchak & Mike Brown: “It was pretty quick; we didn’t talk too much, just talked about things to work on throughout the summer and looked forward to next year. I think my biggest thing is to continue to work on shooting the ball. That’s my biggest thing.
- With Andrew Bynum suspended for the season’s first four games, McRoberts started and played well. As he recalls: “It was a lot of fun, a new experience coming here and getting an opportunity to play right away. It was kind of a whirlwind.” Unfortunately, McRoberts sprained his big toe (which is worse than it sounds, as it basically keeps players from being able to run and jump close to full speed), and by the time he got better had fallen out of those regular rotation minutes.
- It was a tricky season for new players like McRoberts, signed just before the super-shortened training camp, to find a way to fit in and establish oneself especially in a front court where playing time was dominated by Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum: “Finding a comfort level this year was a little bit tough on everybody with a shortened season and no practice, especially for a guy in my position coming into a new place where you don’t really have time to prove yourself in training camp. Not to make any excuses, but that’s different from what we’re used to … it’s a challenge. You want to be out there, you want to play.” A really good teammate liked by everybody, McRoberts credited the guys that got and earned the playing time even as he coveted it like every player does.
- McRoberts said he felt the locker room was very confident that “we could continue winning” and meet the goals they had coming into the season. Of course, it didn’t play out as any of the players expected, and thus the disappointment both as a team and individually, not getting to contribute what he had hoped he would.
- On if he could have helped the team with his athleticism: “I would have loved to be out there. I would have done everything I could to try and help.”
- McRoberts is eager to prove himself next season after essentially falling out of the rotation as Jordan Hill emerged in the second-to-last regular season game. McRoberts acknowledged that Hill played well in the time he had, and Mike Brown thus stuck with the rotation. But he’s confident that he’ll prepare himself the right way in the offseason and have a chance to show what he can do starting in training camp for the 2012-13 season.