Austin vows Garnett-like intensity for Chooks-Pilipinas
Paul Lintag on Sep 19, 2017 07:12 PM
"I'm trying to go at people's heads, I'm trying to dunk everything, I'm trying to block every shot, get every rebound. I try to be a monster, a beast." --- Isaiah Austin.
Isaiah Austin is a nice guy, he gives nice answers during interviews and overall, he's just a pretty good person.
However, the moment he steps on the basketball, Isaiah Austin is a changed man. Unless you are his teammate, he's coming after you.
Actually, even if you're his teammate but he feels like you're not playing on a level that's necessary for winning, Austin is going after you too.
"It's not gonna be a lot of smiles from me except for my teammates when we're playing well," he said.
"But other than that, I'm trying to go at people's heads, I'm trying to dunk everything, I'm trying to block every shot, get every rebound. I try to be a monster, a beast," Austin added.
Isaiah's incredible passion for the sport is reminiscent of former NBA MVP Kevin Garnett, his favorite player.
And KG, who won the NBA title for with the Boston Celtics back in 2008, is a pretty intense dude.
"My whole life, Kevin Garnett has been my favorite player. I feel like I have the same passion that he has, I have the same attitude on the court," Austin said.
"You guys are gonna see how mean I am on the court, that's just because I'm so competitive and I wanna win," he added.
Despite being only 23 years old, the 7'1" Austin is relied upon to be the leader for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the upcoming FIBA Asia Champions Cup.
Isaiah is all for it. It's a challenge he's taking head on.
"That's completely fine with me [leadership role]. My whole career, I've been a leader on any team that I have been on judt because I'm very vocal and I'm very passionate about winning," he said.
"I have a lot of passion for this game, it's given me so much. I feel like everybody needs to give back to it 100 percent. If I see a guy who's slacking, I'm gonna call them out and tell them to pick it up. You can't hang your head if you're missing shots, you can't hang your head if things don't go your way. You can always control your attitude and how hard you're playing," Austin added.
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