The best basketball player The Netherlands ever had, Rik Smits, recently left the state of Indiana and went to another part of the country. He played 999 games for the Indiana Pacers (1988-2000) and reached the NBA Finals in his last season.
Yes, I'll miss it but I won't miss the cold winter and the humid summers. Arizona weather is much more enjoyable
Life is great, I'm really enjoying Arizona.
I still play basketball every now and then although not as much as when I was in Indiana.
I have not found a good league to play in yet in Arizona but I'll keep looking. When I do play it is pickup ball at the local YMCA.
No it's not, you get reminded every day in one way or another about basketball. You don't really have that in Arizona.
I still follow them and when I'm in Indianapolis I might do an appearance for them but that's about the extent of it. I recently attended an autograph session with Don Buse and George McGinnes (Indiana Pacers legends from the past). I really enjoy that, it's fun meeting the fan's and hearing some of their memories and stories.
I didn't even know that they were making those. I'm part of the NBA Retired Players Association and they can use my pictures and likeness, they arranged it.
No not all, I enjoyed my time in the NBA and with the Pacers and have no regrets.
I was sad to see him go, he has done a lot of good for the Pacers. But it is good the Pacers are rebuilding. I'm excited to see what the future holds for them. Time will tell if they got enough in return.
Whenever I can. I try to teach him my best moves. Lots of things I can pass along from my career. Probably too many to list here. And I’m afraid I can’t beat him one on one anymore.
I am not sure; I would love to see it happen someday. Derrik does have a Dutch passport. He’s got a lot of potential. I see him doing a lot of things that I wasn’t doing at his age. He’s definitely got the qualities. He's got the potential and the talent but his drive needs some work. Once he realizes that he has to work hard at basketball he can be as good as he wants to be.
I like Shane's game a lot. He's very versatile and very talented. I would not be surprised if he ended up in the NBA one day. He has NBA potential.
I wanted to see if I would like coaching and that was a good opportunity, but I found out it's not for me.
I follow them but have no active role. There is a lot of talent there and I like coach Van Helfteren a lot. I think they have the ability to consistently win once they get some more experience playing together as a team. I have not seen them play life, but I get info and see some highlights.
I think it was a tournament in Germany with Jong Oranje, but I really don't remember the games anymore. What I do know is it was all good, the camaraderie, the travel, the games, I loved all of it. Nothing really stands out as a favorite moment.