Hayes: “Detroit was really the team I wanted to go” – NBA

Chosen seventh in the NBA Draft by Detroit, the young (19) French Killian Hayes answered questions from the international media.

The experience of players arriving from abroad : “Playing against adults when you are 15-16 is necessarily hard … But I learned a lot from that. Even last season (with Ulm) I started slow, but I worked a lot and watched videos to improve myself again and again. “

His individual work with Detroit alumnus Will Bynum : “He just told me that we should play hard. The city loves those who work hard, who give everything on the floor. ”

Many rookies in Detroit : “That’s exciting. I have talked a lot with coach Dwane Casey and GM Troy Weaver, but I’m ready. I can’t wait to get back to the floor, meet everyone and get to work. ”

Rescue Doumbouya : “We have talked before. I saw that Detroit had made a lot of trades. He was happy (with my selection). I hope he will stay (until further notice, Doumbouya is still in Detroit, note). ”

“First European in the 2020 Draft? It’s a cool title, but it’s not something I was aiming for ”

First European in the 2020 Draft : “It’s a cool title, but it’s not something I was aiming for. I was more concerned with being in a good situation, where I could play and show what I can do. ”

His exchanges with the Pistons before the Draft : “I was pretty confident (that Detroit was going to pick me). Nothing is guaranteed. But I had a good feeling after the interviews we had, the discussions. Detroit was really the team I wanted to go to. ”

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Derrick Rose : “I will learn by his side. I remember watching his videos when I was 10-11 years old. I can learn a lot from him about the game. He’s been in the league for a long time. He knows the game, how the NBA works. I’m excited to play with him and learn from him. ”

“I have been working for eight months and now I can not wait: to find the floor and show what I can do”

Next season : “I’m so excited … I can’t wait for the season to start. I have been working for eight months and now I can only wait: get back to the floor and show what I can do (Hayes has not played since the Covid-19 cut in Germany, he had not taken part at the end of the season, editor’s note). I first want to show my teammates and my coaches that I can be trusted on the floor. ”

Lobs galore with Blake Griffin : “Yes, he’s one of the best players in the NBA, he has great hands, he’s good at pick-and-roll, he can catch lobs … I’m excited.”

Uncertainties among the Pistons, with a lot of movement : “It’s a new team. After all the interviews, I’m going to call the GM and the coach and we’ll talk more specifically about the team. Now I’m just trying to make the most of the moment and when it’s time to go to Detroit and work, we’ll have to work together, build the team and make sure we’re ready to win games. ”

The feeling when Adam Silver called his name : “In my head I knew it was Detroit, but nothing is guaranteed, so when I heard my name I was really happy. You could see the reaction of my parents … They were jumping everywhere, there was a lot of joy and I am very proud. ”

Its strengths and weaknesses : “My main strength is the organization of the game. Doing actions for others or for myself. I love giving balls for assists, playing fast in transition. In short, I love doing the actions. What do I have to work on? Honestly, everything! I know I still have a lot to learn about the game. I know I have to watch a lot of videos, talk with my teammates to find out how the game is played here. I have to adapt to the basketball style of the NBA. ”

“Deemed weak with the right hand?” It was true eight months ago ”

Too much on his left hand and deemed too weak on his right hand : “It was true eight months ago. I have worked a lot since then. Now, I wouldn’t say my right hand is as strong as my left, but I can use it without any issues, be precise with it. It’s no longer a concern. ”

An opponent he would be eager to face : “Everybody ! Especially the big backs, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Damian Lillard … And also D-Rose: he’s one of the best pointers and he’s been in the league for a long time so I’m excited to learn from him and to face it in training! “

History of the Pistons and Detroit : “Everyone has heard of the ‘Bad Boys’ (champions in 1989 and 1990 around Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman …, editor’s note). They won the title in 2004 too. I trained all last summer with Will Bynum and he came to Orlando (Hayes was born in Florida, note) a month ago, so we talked a lot about Detroit. He told me that it’s a city that loves workers and that if I was drafted by the Pistons, I would have to give my best in every game. ”

Remarks gathered during a press conference

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