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I spent some time with Memphis Grizzlies center Kosta Koufos after practice as they prepare for the Boston Celtics tonight at FedEx Forum at 7 P.M.

Q: How do prepare for a team like Boston that is in rebuilding mode right now?
Koufos: We can’t take them lightly they have really good players, a good system going, and we want to win. Like I’ve said many times before we work hard and got a lot of things to work on but at the same time we get better and better every day.

Q: What are you learning from the transition from being a starter at Denver to coming off the bench for this team?
Koufos: Just an opportunity to play basketball with an elite level team I’m learning a lot from Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. Whenever my number is called I’m gonna go in and play hard and I’ve done that my whole career. That’s all I know to do.

Q: What have you been learning from Marc Gasol lately?
Koufos: Just the way to play the system. He plays in multiple speeds. He’s the reason why he’s one of the best centers in the NBA. He’s very smart and I watch him every day at practice and study his game and it’s only made me better.

Q: What is the team working on lowering the turnovers?
Koufos: Just learning the system a little bit more better. Playing within ourselves. Playing with more confidence and I think we are doing that every day. I feel very confident and will a successful season this year.

Q: How’s the team chemistry going so far?
Koufos: Everybody’s great. 1-13 everybody is doing their role and playing hard. Coaching staff has done a great job. It’s been fun but most importantly we are getting better as a team and we’re rolling.

Q: How are you enjoying Memphis right now and anything you like about the city so far?
Koufos: Y’all’s fan base is great. The grit and grind all that I love it I love the motto and hopefully coming off the bench I can bring whatever energy I can to the help to win games.

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