In your wildest dreams, did you ever think about getting to the top of the NBA like you have?
Actually, no. Sure, when you're young, you have dreams, but I didn't have any specific hopes about playing in the NBA. As I worked on my game through school, the dream became more specific.

What's it like playing in Minneapolis, which to some, might not be considered quite as exciting or prestigious as playing in New York or L.A.?
I love Minneapolis! For me, it's the best-kept secret in the world. People always talk about the big cities as being the best place to be and play, but I'm from a small town, Mauldin, in South Carolina. And even though Minneapolis is large, it has a small-town feel. It's comfortable to me, and there's a lot to do. And the fans here get behind you all the way.

How do you rate the T-Wolves' season last year?
You have to rate it very high. Just be­cause we didn't make it to the Finals, it's not like the whole season was a waste, because we accomplished a lot of things teamwise and goalwise. I mean, I'm motivated every year to compete, but there's extra motivation now to take it to the next level.

Do you have any pregame rituals?
I like to play video games, because it takes my mind away from the game ahead, and it doesn't make me as intense. It calms me down a bit. My favorite game is a PlayStation2 game called SOCOM II: U.S. Navy Seals. It's a combat, search, and destroy game. Playing games like that allows me to channel some of my intensity. I also find that playing chess relaxes me. I do a lot of that online at home. I don't know specifically who I'm playing, but some of them are like chess masters. I like to be competitive in a lot of things I do. Game day for me is a very physical day - the preparation, then the game itself - so the chess not only calms me down, but gets me focused.

The Minnesota Vikings supposedly have a game room set up for their players. Do the Timberwolves have anything like that?
We don't have a specific game room set up, and that's fine, because when I get to the Target Center it's all business. No time for video games then.

We hear golf is another sport you're really intense about. Where do you like to play, and who do you play with?
I like the Olympic Hills Golf Club. It's a mature course, one of the most challenging in Minnesota. It's extremely well kept. The greens are perfect and run true. It's gorgeous to play on. I also like Rush Creek Golf Club. It's a public course, and the USGA and other tournament events are held there. I go out there a lot. I've also heard good things about the Minneapolis Golf Club, a private club I haven't played yet.

I play golf with my friends, music producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and my boy Bugg - he's been my best friend since high school. When I go out with my guys, it gets very competitive, so [laughs] what happens on the golf course stays on the golf course. I'm very competitive in everything. That's just the way I am.