I caught up with John Salmons at media day and discussed his recovery from the groin injury as well as his shift from SF to SG this season for the Bulls.
Salmons is definitely a veteran player. He was accommodating while answering questions, but he also gave the most succinct answer to the question possible without expounding much.
Did you need any surgery or just rehab for the groin?
Rest, just rest, let it heal. Summer was good. I was home in Philly working out and hanging with my family.
You feeling good, are you 100% now?
Yeah, feeling good, ready to get back to things.
How long did it take you to get fully healthy?
I rested for about a month until I tested it out.
Got to feel good to be a starter and main guy on a good team.
Yeah, definitely yeah, I'm excited and looking forward to the opportunity. Coming here last year and being thrown into the mix. Now I'm comfortable with my surroundings.
Last year with Luol out, you played primarily SF. With Ben Gordon on another team, you'll play mostly SG. Does that change anything for you?
More defense. Instead of guarding Paul Pierce I'll be guarding Ray Allen which are two totally different players.
On offense will it be any different going against smaller quicker defenders rather than bigger and slower ones?
That's just part of trying to use what you have to your advantage. At the two I'll try to use my size.
Would you say you have a signature move?
I would say so. I call it the T-Mac, I stole it from Tracy McGrady, but it's hard to explain it. It's a way to get off a jump shot.
I've always considered one of your signature moves the way you'll be open, wait for a guy to jump out at you and set, and then shoot as soon as he relaxes.
I definitely know what you mean. It's just a read and a feel, sometimes when I shoot like that I can get off a much better shot.
Player option, next year, any thoughts right now on it?
Not worrying about that right now.