LONDON — Jay Triano wants to set the record straight.
He feels comments he made — before coming over here — painted an unfair picture of how he viewed the opportunity to come to London.
“Not at all,” Triano said when asked if he was down on this trip. “What have I said all along? I will focus on the game we have next. Not three games ahead or not the one we played in the past. I did not want to talk about this trip until after we played New Orleans. I wanted our focus on that game.”
So now that he’s put New Orleans in his rear-view mirror, what does Triano think of being one of the first two teams to play a regular-season game outside of North America?
“I think it’s a great experience for our young guys,” he said.
Triano was actually here as a young adult with the Canadian National team so he knows there’s going to be excitement, but there’s no curfew on the team and outside of a couple of NBA Cares team events, nothing really out of the ordinary is planned while the team is here.
No planned trips, although the bus ride in from Heathrow took the team past most of London’s major landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, London Bridge and Big Ben.
“I’ve seen all the major sights,” Triano said. “But you know what I’d like to see if I had the time? I’d like to see Abbey Road. Just something that, for me as a kid, was iconic.”
Triano doesn’t think he’ll get to that famous crosswalk that graced the Beatles album of the same name, but he’s certainly not against the idea of playing the game here.
“For me my focus is on the game, but you forget some of these guys are 21 years old ... There are 82 games this year and they might not remember all of them, but they’ll remember these two.”