Wednesday morning, 76ers point guard and recently crowned NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams joined Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team on SportsRadioWIP. Since the end of the season and him receiving his honor, very little has been heard from MCW during perhaps the most crucial offseason in the 21st century for the 76ers. With Carter-Williams having recently signed on with Sprint for endorsement purposes, the 22-year-old floor general for the 76ers hit the airwaves to promote an appearance later Wednesday evening.
In addition to bringing attention to his public showing in the city, Carter-Williams was put through the ringer by Angelo and the gang with some weight-bearing questions. One-by-one, the young man answered each question with composure and detail and gave forth an air of confidence in doing so. He discussed what to expect from Nerlens Noel (a lot) and which of the top-three NBA Draft prospects he preferred
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Carter-Williams also discussed his relationship with his basketball coaching mother and stepfather and if they ever step on the toes of Brett Brown as far as teaching the young point guard how to continue to improve and excel in the NBA. He was open about the struggles of being a winner and going through what he did this past season and what he learned as far as what is necessary in the NBA compared to the levels leading up to it.
Just as the interview was starting to wrap up Angelo, as he has been known to do, addressed the elephant in the room over how Carter-Williams felt about the trade rumors swirling around his name. As he did with every question leading up to it, the one-year NBA veteran answered impressively.
“I didn’t even pay any attention to it…I have a great relationship with coach’s and the GM’s here, you know, I’m pretty confident that I’m not going anywhere for a little while. So, yeah, I heard it and I didn’t really pay any attention to it.”
Obviously, Sam Hinkie is the one pulling the strings on this ship so if he wants to trade Carter-Williams, he probably can get it done. That said, judging from how confident and composed he was with this, and all of his answers, one would have to think that Carter-Williams has been given some sort of vote of confidence that he could give an answer such as this without ending up looking ridiculous down the road. Cataldi threatened to picket the Wells Fargo Center if the 76ers did move their franchise point guard, which means little more than a funny visual of an old guy standing in front of the stadium with a homemade sign.