Never an All-Star, and yet Gary Trent was able to leave his mark in the NBA, achieving his “bad dude” status by banging in the paint, even at a listed 6-8, for several NBA and international teams between 1995 and 2007.
He recently did an interview with GameDayGold Radio, where he touched upon several topics, including how today’s NBA stars behave on the court.
Trent in particular said he wasn’t fond of the media being full of showcasing the “shenanigans and antics” of the NBA players, instead of great on-court play.
“I love taunting and competitiveness, that was my thing when I was younger, but it gets to a point where I would rather see less of great plays in the media, instead of shenanigans and antics,” he told the radio.
“The shenanigans and antics are outshining the things that you’re accomplishing on the court. When you’re watching SportCenter you don’t see highlights, you see players doing shenanigans. You’re doing stuff that has nothing to do with basketball. That’s goofy,” he said.
Answering the question about his son, Gary Trent Jr, one day playing in the NBA like his father, Trent said he wants his son to be better than him.
“I tell my son that I want him to be not like me, but better than me. If I was good at reading being 10, I want him to be good at it at 9 and so on. I want him to be better than me at all life stages, sooner than I was,” Trent said.
“So, the basketball player I was at 15, I want him to be better than me, sooner than I was. That’s life advanced. So if I am passing the proper gift, his progression should be ahead of my pace,” he explained.
Speaking about the NBA players moving around the league, switching teams, Trent said that’s the nature of this business.
“That’s the nature of the sporting business. Players want to move around. You want money, but you also want to make sure you add something to your legacy, as far as playing for a winning team,” he noted.
Trent spent his 9-year NBA career playing for Portland TrailBlazers, Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves. He averaged career best 16 ppg and 7.8 rpg for Dallas Mavericks in 98-99, and holds career averages of 8.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg in 19.5 minutes on the court. Trent appeared in total of 506 NBA games (130 started).
Commenting on Sam Mitchell being part of the staff on Minnesota Timberwolves, Trent, who played with Mitchell for 2 seasons in Minnesota, said that it’s a natural fit.
“Sam has been around, a lot of people know him around here. He played for Flip (Saunders), so I think it would be a good fit, since Sam and Flip already have a previous relationship. Sam was the veteran leader in the locker room, they used to mold the team around Kevin Garnett, using Sam,” Trent said.
Mitchell took over as the head coach of the Toronto Raptors before the 2004-2005 season, and was fired 17 games into the 2008-2009 campaign. He went 156-189 in his Toronto tenure, and the team twice lost in the first round of the playoffs. Since then, he has been an analyst on NBA TV, SiriusXM NBA Radio and TSN.
Before Saunders decided to hire himself, the Timberwolves president was reportedly considering Mitchell for the head-coaching job. Mitchell played in Minnesota from 1989 to 1992, and again from 1995 to 2002.Follow @exnbadotcom
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