Saturday , Feb , 12 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Brandon ‘Quake’ Lewis


Midwest Streetball Legend Brandon “Quake” Lewis is a true point guard. He posses pin point passing skills, a killer cross-over, and deadly speed. He’s played in many big games and ferocius playground battles. He’s even battled it out with players on various AND1 mixtapes. He has a reputation any streetballer would love to have. With all the tours and leauges around its hard to imagine why a player of his caliber would still be “underground” to most of the country. While he gets alot (and i mean alot) of love in the city he cant quite break the ice on a national scean. Sole in the Hole, sounds all to familiar. I caught up wit Quake to give him a much needed interview and this is what he had to say.



Brandon 'Quake' Lewis

WHO DO YOU TRY TO PATTERN YOU GAME AFTER THE MOST?
“I wanna be a pure point guard so i try to incorporate a little of all the greats in my game, i wanna drop dimes like magic, i wanna dribble like tim hardaway, and i wanna see the floor like marc jackson, and im built like damon stoudemire so its hard to say just 1 person.


DO YOU HAVE AND SUPERSTIONS?
“No im not superstitius at all i dont get into that stuff”


WHATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE STREET GAME AND ORGANIZED?
“The Street game is more spontanious and it can be based on one person you gotta think quick on yo’ feet and it can change at any time, the organized game is more of a flow ad since its normally longer more factors like defense and a solid bench, and fatuge come into play, you cant coach a street game”


WHICH ARE YOU BETTER AT?
“I can adjust…. i can say this tho’ when im playen orgainized i got an advantage over a player who may have never played the street game its a mental toughness yo kno no blood no foul that you get and plus im 5’11 , 182 in the street im normal size but on wood im small so my role changes alot.”


TOLEDO IS NOT REALLY KNOWN AS A BASKETBALL CITY WHAT MADE YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH IT?
“Familiarity… i been around the game since i was a real young its in my blood man plus alot of people sleep on Toledo we got me… H20 Whos on tour….Caution and Reason on suave and smooth with “springs” we got alot of ballers we jus get napped on”


SINCE YOUR STILL IN THE UNDERGROUND IS THERE ANY OTHER PLAYERS IN THE UNDERGROUND YOU STILL WANNA ‘TAKE OUT’?
“Uhh i played against alot of good players, i kinda would like to play against “springs” again nothin personal, i jus’ liked his game but we really didnt go against each other when he came to the Glass.


WHATS BETTER A BASKET OR AN ASSIST?
“Assist…simple answer, anybody can hoist the ball up 10 feet and mabey make it but it take skill to put them in that position”


WHAT GAME CAN YOU SAY WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE FOR YOU?
“I would have to say the the one i got my name”


WHY?
“First i was the youngest, and even though i was ballin it was alot of other cats ballin like they brought the rucker to Toledo for a night it was jus crazy, somethin you would never expect to see here (in TOLEDO)


WHAT WAS THE LAST STREETBALL CLASSIC LIKE?
“Aw it was a good look, “Springs” came down, “G.O.A.T”, “Soy Sauce”, “757″ “Spook” it wasnt as star studded but we rocked the gym though me and soy was battlen, alot of dudes on my team was killen but we lost though but in a game like win or lose you still happy because its all about entertainment, and when a little kid ask you for a autograph afterwards and you sign they shirt or whatever feel good, but you cant let it go to your head cuz’ its still alot of work to do.


SO WE KNOW ITS ALOT OF WORK TO DO, WHAT DO YOU DO AS A STREETBALL PLAYER TO STAY ON TOP OF YOU GAME?
“Well it aint no NBA or nothin i aint liften every day but i do my push-ups, sit ups, leg lifts, i hit the weights, i shoot the jumpers i run i practice my dribbles, and most importantly i listen and learn from players who are older.


SO EVERY PLAYER HAS A HOMECOURT WHATS YOURS?
“Well if you wanna know where i STARTED it was “Indiana”… I get most of my respect at Macawayne in the West…Runs are best at “The Hoop”… but i really dont have no one place i love playen anywhere.


WHATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN QUAKE AND BRANDON?
“Brandon’s alot nicer (smiling). Quake aint the type of person people wanna deal wit daily. If you aint on the same 5 when we playen you the enemy and ima treat you as such Quake have enemys all the time Brandon aint never really had no enemys. Plus Quake get crazy respect from the “glass city stars” as we call em – to the kids. The same people who may have overlooked B wanna be coo’ wit Quake which is kinda funny because those is the ones you gotta look out for.


SO THE QUESTION IS WHY ARE YOU STILL UNDERGROUND?
“You gotta ask alot of players that look at dudes like (Ed) “Boogar” Smith, and “ill be right back”, “problem child”, MOST of the players in the EBC not that we dont have skills its just up to the people who run the leauge and manage the tours. It also has alot to do with your goals in life also but a large part of it is the bosses, go ask them why


ANY SHOUTS?
“Can you stay for another week or two?”


NO
“Well ill spare you the shout outs cuz they gon take that long”