My earliest Cavs memories … were maybe
early-Andy, late-Big Z.
Obviously, I remember guys like … DeSagana Diop.
Guys like Ricky Davis, Darius Miles. I
remember those guys.
I even have a … placard of Lamond Murray.
But my REAL memories … were of Andy
and those early LeBron teams. I
remember the Shaq years as well. I
remember getting to hang around the
locker room a little bit and seeing
those guys -- and they were just
larger than life.
There were times, I’ve been … a little starstruck.
Playing with LeBron is pretty
awesome. Getting to play with Kobe
was awesome and just seeing Shaq,
anytime, is unreal.
During the offseason, my dad … would
always have guys out to our place to
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fish – and one of them, a guy who turned out to
be my assistant coach in L.A. – Paul Pressey. He
was always at our house fishing, just catching and
releasing and just sitting out there relaxing.
And when I got drafted … by the Lakers, I was like:
‘Hey -- I know you.’
I definitely got the love … of
fishing from my dad. So, yes,
fishing took hold. But, I have
zero interest in drag racing.
My mom has talked a little
bit of sense into me on that
subject. I have no interest in
going over 100 miles an hour.
I’ll watch … my dad mess with
the dragsters. I’ll watch him all
day. I’m not getting in the car.
The other sports I played were
… soccer – I played soccer
forever. And then a little
baseball and a little track.
In baseball … I was the fantastic
right fielder. There was a
reason I played right field.
When we played when we
were younger … it wasn’t
like: ‘OK, you’re the 1,
you’re the 5 ...’. It was just
kind of like they throw
the ball out there and
kids run around and play.
I was usually one of the
bigger kids on the floor
… so I was around the
basket most of the time.
I had my biggest growth
spurt … from sophomore
year in high school to,
probably, my senior year.
I went from … around 5-10
to 6-7. So yeah, I had the
growing out of my knees.