Danny Granger is, officially, the NBA’s Most Improved Player. Which is great — Granger needs as much pub as possible. What’s ridiculous, though, is that seemingly no one knows who this guy is. Partly because he’s quiet, partly because he’s in Indiana, I suppose, but it’s silly. Granger is a freaking baller and will eventually be an elite “house name” (in my opinion). Now that I’m off my soapbox, I should point out that he was on 1070 the Fan in Indy yesterday to talk about the award, how the Pacers are going to improve and how he plans on taking the “next step” with his NBA game. Oh, also, his being a terrible singer.
On taking the next step and what is it?
You know what, I was just telling somebody, a lot of players they try to get better offensively, and I think defensively is where I need my improvement the most. And I think it goes with a lot of conditioning, increasing your lateral movement, just being more in tune to the defensive end. You don’t have to be a great athlete to be the greatest defender and I don’t think a lot of people realize that.
On the Pacers improvement for next year:
“Yeah, it really has. It really focused on the defensive end. And one of the things that’s different with this team from teams in the past is we all really get along with each other and we talk basketball even when we don’t have to. I just called Jarrett Jack, our point guard, and we talked about what we have to do next year, and I think it’s very important to get on the same page.
On being a terrible singer but refusing to not sing:
Whether I can sing or not, I think depends on who’s listening to it [Laughs] because some people have said I’m not that bad and some people have said I’m terrible. So I think it depends on who’s listening to it.