Dime: With the lockout, do you have any plans as far as playing outside of the NBA with the lockout going on?
CA: Yeah, I think a lot of players’ perspective has changed as far as how they view what’s going on and plan B. In a situation like this, you obviously have to make the right decision for yourself and your family. But it is what it is. We are in a lockout and we have to be patient with the process and obviously understand every day what’s going on. It could prolong to be something that we had no idea was going to go further, but we have to be prepared. I think Europe is obviously an option, but there are so many players that want to go to Europe now so we’ll see how it goes. The market is going to open.
Dime: You just signed with Boston for the end of the season. Were you expecting to have a bigger role with them or go deeper in the playoffs?
CA: Well it was a tough situation. I was coming into a team where they were already established. It was kinda hard for me to fill in my role because I wasn’t with them from the beginning, so I was just trying to do what Doc wanted me to do and obviously staying ready. They already had Rondo and Delonte so for me it was just a matter of waiting for my opportunity and doing the best that I could with it.
Dime: The last five years or so, you’ve moved around a lot. Is that sort of just bad luck? With this next team are you trying to find somewhere you can stick?
CA: I mean, you know it’s been a long journey for me. I’ve had an opportunity to play with great franchises and be a part of teams. I’ve learned a lot from great players, from great teammates so I see it differently. If I was stuck on one team, maybe I wouldn’t have been able to play with Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Shaq, D-Wade, ‘Bron, Chauncey, Rasheed, Ben Wallace, all those guys…Karl Malone, Stockton, Mark Jackson, all those players you know? So I can’t complain. I’ve been truly blessed. The fact that I’ve been moving around to different teams, it’s been better for me because I’ve had the opportunity and the blessing to play with those great players.
Dime: Definitely. With the lockout, since you don’t know exactly when you’re going to be playing ball again, does that change your schedule? Some guys have a specific summer routine that they go through every year.
CA: Not really because my schedule is so different than the NBA players because I always play with my national team so I have a different commitment than them. I finish the NBA and I take maybe two weeks and then have to get back with it because we start training camp here in Puerto Rico because of our commitments internationally. I’ve always been an all-around player as far as that.
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