Ask Me Anything, I’m An NBA Player


NBA stars love sharing details about their personal lives over social media, just like us. However, when their Twitter followers and Facebook fans could fill a small stadium, it’s a whole different ballgame entirely. Social media has become a tool for players to get in touch with their fans, and some players have been reaching out more and more for a little one-on-one time.

For example, Manu Ginboli became the first NBA player to do a AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit earlier this year. Other players such as LeBron James helped popularize the Twitter Q&A a few years back, which now are commonplace anytime a player has some downtime to spare. The results? Extremely candid.

Ballers have answered questions ranging from who their favourite players, rappers and comedians are, to their values, fears and even their favourite Pokemon—seriously. We took a look through a few of the best online fan roundtables they’ve hosted to bring you some of the most interesting (and random) facts about your favourite players.


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Rajon Rondo, Celtics
Twitter Q&A 

Favourite players in the NBA: “Kevin Garnett, Josh Smith, Perk”
Favourite colour: Red
Favourite sport to play other than basketball: “Football. All day long”
Favourite car: Range Rover
Favourite team to play in Madden?: “Sorry I don’t play video games”
Favourite colour Skittle: “Don’t eat Skittles”
Favourite pre-game meal: Empanadas
Favourite TV show: Boardwalk Empire
Favourite comedian: Kevin Hart and Mike Epps
Favourite boxer to watch fight: Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Favourite song: “Wu Tang Forever
Favourite food: “Comfort food, but depends on my mood and what city I’m in”
Favourite shoe, all-time: Nike Zoom Huarache 2K4s
Favourite Kool-Aid flavour: Cherry and tropical punch
Favourite getaway: His crib
Favourite NBA experience: His team’s European tour through Milan
Tacos or nachos: Tacos
Kendrick Lamar or Drake: “Have to go with Drake but I like both”
Youth programs he’s involved with: Boys and Girls Club Boston
Is it true he almost became a Blue Devil: Nope
Does he like Ford Mustangs: Prefers Dodge Challengers
Has he ever been beaten in Connect 4: “All the time”
Why does he wear the number 9: “Every other single digit number was taken or retired, & Ryan Gomes had the one I wanted”
How’s rehab going: “Rehab is going really well. Getting better each week.”
Does he think Boston can compete this year with the players it has now: “Of course!”


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Jeremy Lin, Houston Rockets
Facebook AMA 

He plays DotA 2 (Defense of the Ancients) and “way too much” Clash of Clans
Favourite worship song: “Cornerstone” by Hillsong
Favourite preacher: Tim Keller, Francis Chan, Carl Lentz, John Piper, CJ Mahaney
Favourite move on the court: Slam dunk, but it hardly ever happens
Favourite Naruto character: Kakashi
Game winning jumper or posterizer dunk: Posterizer dunk at the buzzer
Ice cream or cake: Ice cream, doesn’t like cake that much
Current TV show: Breaking Bad
Has he touched James Harden’s beard: Yes
Does he join fantasy leagues: “My rookie year I drafted myself in a fantasy basketball league. As we all know, I played terribly. And I also lost in the fantasy basketball league.”
Does he like stinky tofu: He can’t stand it, let alone eat near it
Did he and Dwight Howard coordinate to get the same dashes in their hair: Yes, and so did Terrence Jones
How he deals with jet lag: Doesn’t take a nap, then sleeps 11 hours
Last thoughts at night: None, he falls asleep immediately
Worst fears: Bees, needles and people who spit a lot when they talk
The toppings he gets on a Chipotle burrito bowl: White rice, pinto beans, peppers, onions, salsa, corn, chicken, steak, lettuce, guacamole


Photo: Keith Allison/Creative Commons

Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers
Twitter Q&A 

Favourite Pokemon: Mewtwo
Favourite center player: Shaq
Favourite rapper: Kanye West
Favourite player growing up: Shaq
Age when he first dunked: 6th grade
Is he a fan of Chief Keef: “I bought his first CD.”
Past or present player he would like to play ball with most: Bill Russell
Best players ever: Damon Newsome and Paul George
What was it like getting drafted: “One of the best feelings in the world.”
What it was like blocking Carmelo Anthony: “It was normal. Just doing my job.”
Kill to death ratio in Call of Duty: “Not good at all”


Photo: Keith Allison/Creative Commons

LeBron James, Miami Heat
Twitter Q&A 

Favourite players growing up: Michael Jordan, Penny Hardaway and Allen Iverson
Favourite moment of the Olympic Games: Winning the gold for his country
Favourite movie: Gladiator
Favourite TV series: Martin
Favourite college football team: Ohio State, Florida State
Favourite super hero: Batman
Top five rappers of all time: Biggie Smalls, Tupac Shakur, Jay-Z, Eminem, Nas
Thoughts on Space Jam: “I love that movie. Wish I could do Space Jam 2!”
Hidden talents: “Can’t tell then they wouldn’t be hidden anymore! Lol)
Best thing he spent under $50 on: A green Old Navy rain coat that he wore everyday in high school
Best feeling as a professional player: Winning his first championship
Biggest values in life: Family and friends
What he misses most about growing up: Living without real life responsibilities
How he handles criticism from media: “Just believe in yourself and your beliefs!”
How he wants people to remember him: As one of the best players to ever play basketball


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Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
Twitter Q&A 

Favourite non-Rocket player to watch: Blake Griffin
Favourite Houston restaurant: Del Friscos
Favourite NFL team: Texans
Favourite NFL player: Brandon Marshall
Favourite thing about Houston: The people and the good restaurants
Favourite off-court activities: Beach, golf, tennis
Favourite movies: Dumb and Dumber, Wedding Crashers
Favourite team growing up: Magic
Best ball boy in the NBA: Jae Neville
Reese’s or Hershey’s: Both
Coke or Pepsi: Coke
Jeremy Lin or Yao Ming: Jeremy Lin
Ryan Westbrook or Kobe Bryant: Kobe
Magic Johnson or Larry Bird: Larry
His pre-game ritual: Shoot, long nap, eat and listen to music
His pre-game handshake: He made it up with Jeremy Lin and James Harden, keeps adding moves
Typical day spent with Jeremy Lin: Eating Asian food, hanging out at the mall, making fun of Cole Aldrich
If he could live anywhere: He’d live in Florida
Could he beat Jeremy Lin in a fight: “No way, he’s a ninja”
Does he know Tim Tebow: Yes
Can he grow a beard: Tried to grow one like James Harden, failed
Best dressed on his team: Himself or Marcus Morris
Why is he so good-looking: “I get it from my momma”

Photo: Keith Allison/Creative Commons

Manu Ginobli, San Antonio Spurs
Reddit AMA 

Go-to shot in a game of HORSE: Soccer style, usually a banked header
Best memories of Coach Popovich: Team dinners and deep conversations
Best friends on the team: Tiago Splitter, Boris Diaw and Patty Mills
Best NBA moment: Winning game 7 of the 2005 NBA Finals
Favourite sport off the court: Tennis
Favourite non-Spurs player: LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant
Past or present player he’d want on his team most: Bill Russell
Does he hate the Phoenix Suns: “Never did. Steve Nash has always been one of my favourite players and now they have Scole. I like the Suns, they just don’t like me!”
Cartoon character he’d be afraid to play one-on-one against: Mr. Fantastic
What he misses most about Bahia Blanca: Family, friends and his dad’s barbecues
If Argentina won the 2014 World Cup: “Enjoy it. I’d love to go to Brazil and watch. Not sure if I’ll be able to. It’s always a great event.”
Is the long hair ever coming back: “If I could, I would!”


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