Baby Shaq – And1 Interview
Recently, HoopsVibe caught up with Baby Shaq during the Miami leg of the And 1 Mixtape Tour 2005.
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C.Y. Ellis: What would you say has been your best moment as a streetball player?
Baby Shaq: Getting signed, getting signed last season. That was my best moment as a streetball player.
CYE: What’s your signature move?
Baby Shaq: I don’t really have one. I just come at you strong.
CYE: Who in the world would you least want to have to guard, one-on-one?
Baby Shaq: In the world, I’d have to say Tim Hardaway when he was at his prime.
CYE: With the UTEP two-step.
Baby Shaq: Yeah.
CYE: You’re about to play two-on-two and you can pick any teammate, alive or dead. Who would you take?
Baby Shaq: Any of my And 1 teammates.
CYE: What music do you have in your C.D. player right now?
Baby Shaq: A mixtape, a rap mixtape.
CYE: What job would you be doing if you weren’t a streetballer?
Baby Shaq: I’d be finishing up at school.
CYE: What do you think people will remember you for when you retire?
Baby Shaq: People will remember me for being me. Outgoing, fun, like to have fun and just playin’ ball.
CYE: Do you have any motto for life, any words you live by?
Baby Shaq: Put up or shut up (laughs).
CYE: When did you first get your nickname, and how?
Baby Shaq: I first got my nickname in junior high school. I was averaging, like, twenty points and eighteen rebounds, and one of my teammates yelled out “Baby Shaq” while I was playing a game, and everybody, like, the crowd caught on to it, and it just went from there.
CYE: How are thing on the bus? Pharmacist is saying he’s the funniest guy on the bus; Helicopter said the same. Who would you say is the funniest guy on tour?
Baby Shaq: A.O., A.O. is the funniest on the tour.
CYE: Anybody got any funny habits on the bus, anything they do that pisses you off?
Baby Shaq: A.O., he don’t like to sleep on the bus.
CYE: When did you first realise you were famous?
Baby Shaq: I still don’t think I’m famous. Probably after this season. Ask me that question next year (laughs).
CYE: Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
Baby Shaq: I don’t stretch. That’s one thing I don’t do, I don’t stretch.
CYE: What’s been your best moment on the tour this year?
Baby Shaq: Little Rock, Arkansas, I dunked on somebody.
CYE: What’s the best play you’ve pulled off in your career?
Baby Shaq: Fifty-five points in one game.
CYE: What’s your favourite place to visit on the tour?
Baby Shaq: My hometown, D.C.
CYE: What’s the best advice anybody’s ever given you?
Baby Shaq: My mother gave me the best advice: “Be a leader, not a follower.”
CYE: How do you think this And 1 team ranks against the all-time streetball greats?
Baby Shaq: Probably number two. Number two or number three.
CYE: Do you think standards of streetball are higher now than they were in the past?
Baby Shaq: Yeah, way, way higher now.
CYE: Some people say that streetball is hurting regular basketball because it teaches kids bad habits. What do you say to those people?
Baby Shaq: They need to come and watch us for they self and find out.
CYE: Tell us about some of your tattoos. How many do you have?
Baby Shaq: I got three. I have one that says “Only God can judge me.” I have another one, my nickname, Baby Shaq, and I have one with my girlfriend, Tracy.
CYE: Do you have plans to get any more?
Baby Shaq: Yeah, one more, then I’m finished.
CYE: What do you think is in the future for you and streetball in general?
Baby Shaq: I don’t know. Hard work, but I don’t promise nobody.
CYE: Thanks very much, man.
Baby Shaq: You’re welcome.