Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Q&A: Curtis Withers

The thunder you may have heard Monday night wasn't all coming from the storms in the Charlotte area.

Several of the loudest sounds came from a handful of vicious dunks by former Charlotte 49ers star Curtis Withers at the Grady Cole Center.

Withers, who played for Charlotte from 2002 to 2006, helped the McNasty Team, led by Charlotte Bobcats guard Jeff McInnis, to an overtime victory against Bobby Jackson's All-Stars, part of the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Jeff McInnis Summer League action.

The 22-year-old native of Charlotte played this past season overseas in Turkey and is preparing to make a trip to France for his next professional basketball outing.

Withers averaged 14.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game during his career with Charlotte. He was named All-Atlantic 10 first team his senior year and first team All-Conference USA his sophomore and junior seasons. I caught up with Withers for a few questions following Tuesday night's game.

Q: What's going on in your basketball career?

I came back from playing in Turkey where I averaged about 15 (points) and 12 (rebounds). I understand the NBA and how it works and all now. It takes a lot of patience and I'm only 22. It's been a humbling experience. I think though it will be just a matter of time. I need to play well on this team, produce, put up numbers and help them win a championship.

Q: This will be your second trip overseas to play professionally. What is it like over there?

I had played overseas briefly as part of the U.S. national team but it wasn't long term like this is. It's a lovely life. You can pick up a new language. You experience new cultures. It helps you develop as a person. As far as the basketball, playing foreign ball is like the juco for the NBA. It's a place to re-establish a name and develop in areas you are lacking.

Q: Is Charlotte still your home?

Oh yeah. I saw Coach (Lutz). I've played up there some. Other than that, it's been the same routine and waiting for an opportunity.

Q: What's the difference between playing in the NBDL and playing overseas?

It's mostly a financial decision. You understand when you play pro ball it's entertainment, it's a business. Both are beneficial. It's just a matter of which one you want to do.

-- Jim Utter


Joshua said...

nice article on curt. wish him well with his upcoming season in france.

Anonymous said...

Good Luck to Curt. Thansk for the Q&A Jim.