Chatting with Wizards forward Trevor Booker in the locker room before his team takes on Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves…
Talk about the matching up against Kevin Love and his rebounding prowess. What do you need to do to combat him?
“He’s just an overall monster. He can post up, he can shoot the three. He’s relentless on the boards, so we just gotta keep a body on him at all times and keep him away from the glass.”
What about Minnesota, how are they scouting you? [NOTE: On the court for pre-game warm-ups, a Minnesota assistant coach pulled Wolves rookie Derrick Williams aside and told him to watch for Booker's left hand (since he is left handed), and told him to play the left drive hard in hopes of maybe drawing charges against Booker.]
“They probably want to take away my left hand, but I can go either way, so… I think they probably rather me shoot the jump shot than drive the ball, and they definitely want to keep me away from the offensive glass.”
How does your body feel? After dealing with injuries this summer, the season is full speed ahead. And after the Knicks game, Flip Saunders said you might have trouble walking out of the locker room because you played so hard.
“Going that hard, it takes a toll on my body, but I got to continue to put the right things in my body. I’ll be alright. It was definitely an important day [Saturday] to get some rest. I definitely needed it and I’m sure the team needed it.”
Do you do anything different for a 1 pm start afternoon game as opposed to a night game?
“Um, not really. Pretty much the same routine.”
So on that routine, what did you eat this morning for fuel for the game?
“I had a waffle this morning, a waffle and two scrambled eggs.”
Will you eat anything before the game or is that pretty much your base?
“That’s pretty much it right there.”