Tuesday , Jul , 12 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Baby Shaq – And1 Interview

Recently, HoopsVibe caught up with Baby Shaq during the Miami leg of the And 1 Mixtape Tour 2005. 


Click here to listen to the MP3 of Baby Shaq’s interview.


Baby Shaq - And1 Interview
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.