SA: Do you still keep one eye on the Suns?
EB: Oh yeah, man, I watch ‘em. But I love watching basketball. I’ll watch anybody, I’ll watch college. Try to get better, steal people’s moves, try to see where we can get better watching players we have to play the next game. Watching my games, seeing where I can get better as far as turning the ball over or getting people their shots. I pretty much watch everything.
SA: We’re far enough removed from the trade now to wonder, was it awkward the way you exited Phoenix?
EB: No. I was pretty much like, ‘Whatever.’ I just wanted to get in a better situation.
SA: Have you changed your approach to social media?
EB: No. What I tweeted had nothing to do with what was going on. It’s just that we lost three straight games, the coach getting fired. That was the only thing that everybody was alluding to. I wouldn’t change a thing about it, it had nothing to do with that.
SA: Now that you’ve been traded twice, how do the experiences compare?
EB: Actually, it was the same to me. The first time, I pretty much knew I had to get traded, just on the strength of everything that was going on, them having to sign Chris (Paul), my contract coming up. So I kind of knew I had to spread out a little bit. It was time.
This time, it was better for me. I’d get a chance to play for something and a chance to see how good I am, as far as helping a team achieve what it needs to achieve.
SA: How helpful is Jason Kidd, as far as coaching point guards after being Hall of Fame-worthy at that spot?
EB: Oh yeah, he’s competitive, man. I was talking to one of the coaches who was on the staff when he played, and he told me how prepared [Kidd] was in practice, how he wanted to win each and every drill. And that shows on the court. You can tell even though he ain’t playing, how he’s competitive for us out there. We’ll go through plays and he’ll tell us not to be robots out there.
SA: What has the key been to living away from your family for the first time?
EB: They visited up here once -- they just left -- and they’re coming back for Christmas and all. With the kids, [the key is] FaceTime. We’ve got a lot of FaceTime in. It is [hard to be Dad]. I’m not there physically but they see a lot of me on the cell phone now.
Lots of good stuff here from a guy who holds a very interesting place in Suns history. Give it a read.