Raptors forward O.G. Anunoby discusses his comfort in the offence, refutes the report he was 250lbs and why he wants to be in "Hustle 2" with Juancho Hernangomez.
- Fred keeps saying he wants you to get meaner. Has he told you that? What does that mean to you?
OG ANUNOBY: He's never told me that. So I don't know what that means. But probably just being aggressive and stuff on both ends.
- Do you feel like you can get meaner?
OG ANUNOBY: Yeah, I mean, I try to be aggressive all the time. But for sure, there's times that I notice I'm not aggressive, when I look back like at the film.
- When do you know that you're playing your best? Is it when your shot's falling? When you're making reads off the drive? When do you really go, I'm comfortable here?
OG ANUNOBY: Really, just like he said, just being aggressive on both ends, just attacking the paint, looking at my shot, just getting in the paint, looking to kick, looking to finish. And then on defense, just being aggressive, just leading the team on defense, whether it's getting a stop or being there for a rotation, getting a steal or a block, or stuff like that.
- And then some of the plays you're making down the stretch when you were getting your feet in the paint in some nice kickouts or jumpoffs, where are those reads coming from? Is that from work you're doing with Jimmy, or is that from just kind of just being in the flow of the game?
OG ANUNOBY: Hmm. Yeah, just a mix of the work. We do a lot of that stuff, getting in the paint, Me, Earl, and Fab, getting in the paint, making a read, making the next play, knowing when to shoot, when to slow down, when to speed up, and then just watching film also, watching other players, seeing Pascal do it over the years because of that, seeing DeMar, seeing Kawhi.
- Nick said after the game the other night that it seems like you're going more to sort of power moves as opposed to the eurostep or more sort of finesse-based moves. Has that been a conscious effort, or is that just what's sort of presenting itself?
OG ANUNOBY: Kind of what's presenting stuff. But also, yeah, just trying to finish stronger, trying to not rush. Just yeah, in the paint, play apace, not rush, make the read, if it's a pump fake or the quick finish or the slow finish, just making the read.
- And how hard is it there in terms of your fitness and stuff like that? If you're now carrying a load like you are offensively and defensively, and you've been doing all season, I mean, what's it feeling like when you finish the game? Are you feeling pretty wrung out?
OG ANUNOBY: Wrung out, but that's why you work hard in the summer, to do these kind of things.
- The more you do it, the more--
OG ANUNOBY: Yeah, yeah, for sure.
- There was-- early, when the Raptors came out with their listed weights for everyone, people took a notice of your weight. I think it went up quite a bit. Is that just a number, or did you-- was that something you focused on in the offseason?
OG ANUNOBY: What's the weight it-- what did it say?
- I don't know, like 1-- or 232 or something. I don't know. Did you add a bunch of weight in the offseason?
OG ANUNOBY: I didn't add weight in offseason.
OG ANUNOBY: I don't know what weight's listed, but I didn't gain weight like they say. What's the number?
- I think it was 230, now it's up to 250.
OG ANUNOBY: Oh.
- I think they finally got it right.
OG ANUNOBY: 250 is not right, but--
- What is right?
OG ANUNOBY: It's personal, but it's not 250.
It's not 250. It's lower.
- So it's somewhere between 232 and 250?
OG ANUNOBY: It's lower than 250. It's lower than 240.
- All right.
- Well, I mean, you look great, slim, it's good.
OG ANUNOBY: Thank you.
- How has the adjustment been to playing alongside guys that weren't in the rotation before?
OG ANUNOBY: It's been good. But everyone's stayed ready. So in practice, we're always rotating groups. We're always mixing up the lineups. So we're kind of used to it in a sense. I mean, yes, we're not used to it in the games. But as it goes on, we're going to get more used to it. Everyone's stayed ready. Everyone's ready to step in and play hard.
- Coach also mentioned the fact that he's kind of trying new plays and different defenses kind of with this different rotation as well. How has that adjustment been?
OG ANUNOBY: I think it's been good. We're trying to learn on the fly. And guys are very smart. They're very receptive to coaching. So guys have been adjusting fast. And it's been showing.
- Did you take any special pride in successfully backing down Kyle the other night?
OG ANUNOBY: Oh, yeah, I thought he was going to flop.
But he didn't.
- Did you check the refs?
OG ANUNOBY: Yeah. I was waiting for him to flop. He didn't. I'm surprised.
- Too much respect for you, I guess.
- The opportunities now that you're getting, obviously-- I mean, you've always-- I mean, you've put so much work in on the other end. And now you've got all these opportunities on the offensive end. How do you-- how do you make that work? How do you-- how do you find that balance where you don't take away from one to do the other?
OG ANUNOBY: Just competing, whatever the task is. I mean, I'm just going to have chase people all over the court. Some games you're going to have to be in the paint. Some games you're going to have to score more, you're going to have to spot up shoot, you're going to have to cut, just whatever the game presents itself. What I have to do? I'm just doing that.
- I mean, you were saying before the season you want compete for Defensive Player of the Year, All-Defense, that kind of thing. Do you think your offense kind of helps in that regard, like it gets more attention?
OG ANUNOBY: I think so. I mean, I've always never just thought of myself as a defensive-only player. I've always thought I was a two-way player. That's always what I wanted to be.
- When you look at the awards-- those awards, typically it's guys who are-- it's either got to be good enough to be on the floor all the time, or it's guys who have a bit of an offensive profile too, and so people start paying attention.
OG ANUNOBY: Yeah I mean, I think it's impressive when you can do it on both ends, when you can score and defend. Not a lot of guys can do that. So when you can, I think you're doing a good job.
- We all agree.
OG ANUNOBY: Thank you.
- Thanks, OG.
OG ANUNOBY: Thanks, guys. Thank you guys.
OG ANUNOBY: Mm-hmm?
- What have you seen on his game that you're kind of impressed with now that he's getting more time on the floor that we can see?
OG ANUNOBY: He's just a pro. He works really hard. He's always working, off day, game night. I was just waving to him. Yeah, he's always working. He's always prepared. He just takes it serious in the weight room, shooting. He watches film. He's a great teammate always. So I love playing with Juancho.
- Did you ever-- did you ever offer any reviews on his movie? Did you watch it?
OG ANUNOBY: No. I mean, I told him I want to be in the next one. I haven't watched it yet. I don't know my Netflix password.
- You get a long flight to Atlanta. I mean, you could probably--
OG ANUNOBY: Get someone else's, yeah, yeah. I need that. I need that.
- It's pretty good.
OG ANUNOBY: It is?
- Yeah, it is pretty good.
OG ANUNOBY: I mean, everyone's been talking about it.
- Anthony Edwards can act, actually.
OG ANUNOBY: I heard he did a good job too, yeah.
- It's a really good showdown when you guys played in the story. You should watch it before that game.
OG ANUNOBY: All right, I'm going to looking to that.
- Granger'll give you his Netflix password.
- I'm sure now a lot of people are going to be giving you their Netflix password.
- All right, thanks OG.
- We have so much in common.
- How do you want to be in a movie, and you haven't even seen the first one?
OG ANUNOBY: I still want to be in it.
- How? Tell us.
OG ANUNOBY: I want to be a supporting role.