On Monday, December 15th, Clippers.com sat down with rookie Guard Eric Gordon. Drafted by the Clippers in the first round (7th overall) in the 2008 NBA Draft, Gordon officially became a Clipper on June 28, 2008. Who does Gordon model his game after? What was his favorite cartoon growing up? Read up on these questions and more on this edition of Clippers.com Q&A!
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posted by Clippers.com | December 15 @ 3:00 pm
Clippers.com: What is your favorite moment in NBA history?
Eric Gordon: Well, because Iím from Indiana, Iíd have to say when the Pacers were playing the Chicago Bull in the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals, and Reggie Miller hit that game winning shot over Michael Jordan during game three.
Well, since you're from Indiana and grew up watching the Pacers, is Reggie Miller your favorite player?
EG: Nope, Michael Jordan was still my favorite!
Would you say that you model your play after Jordanís then?
EG: Well, not too much actually. I would say I most model my game more after guards like Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards) and Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets).
Is it strange to think that, being in the NBA now, these players are your opponents?
EG: Yeah, thatís the funny thing. I always watched these guys when I was younger and learning the game, and now Iím actually taking the court and going head-to-head with them.
How has it been living in a big city like LA?
EG: Well, itís a lot different that Indiana! Growing up and playing college ball in Indiana, Iíve been trying to get used to LA over the past few months. Everything in the city is so busy and crazy; itís a totally different atmosphere than Iím used to!
Have you gotten used to LA traffic?
EG: Oh man, I donít like dealing with the traffic here at all! Iím not sure that Iíll ever get used to the LA traffic.
What is your favorite ďoff dayĒ activity?
EG: I just like to spend time with my friends. We usually just hang out or go to the mall. I like to get out and see and buy different things with all my friends. Oh, and I really like fishing, too!
Have you found anywhere good to fish out here?
EG: No, unfortunately there arenít too many places in LA that I like to fish. When Iím back home, I really like to head down into the Atlantic Caribbean and do some deep-sea fishing.
Do you have pre-game ritual?
EG: No, Iím not too much into that. I just make sure I show up and get prepared to play as best as I can.
How did it feel to have such a great game in your first career start?
EG: It was great! I was very happy to get out there, play well in many different ways, and show the team and the fans that Iím capable of playing that way every game.
If you could get a steal off any current NBA player, who would it be and why?
EG: I would probably want to grab a steal off of LeBron James, just because heís so big. Itís hard to take the ball away from big guys like that, so a steal from LeBron would be great.
If you could sit down and have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be, and where would you eat?
EG: Muhammad Ali. Iím not even sure where we would go, but I would want to have dinner with him. I guess Iíd want to grab some good seafood with him somewhere.
What did you think of the Training Center when you first arrived in LA?
EG: The Clippersí Training Center is really nice. I went to a lot of different facilities before the draft when I was working out with different teams, and the Clippersí facility is definitely the best one Iíve seen.
What was the most memorable part of the 2008 NBA Draft day?
EG: Man, I would say itís just hearing that announcement. Iíll never forget that moment when David Stern announced my name! That was just a busy week for all of us draftees, so it was like a great relief to hear my name called.
Alright, on to some serious stuff, what was your favorite cartoon growing up?
EG: Oooh...definitely Scooby Do.
What is your all-time favorite TV show?
EG: Martin with Martin Lawrence. That is by far the funniest show I have ever seen.
What is your all-time favorite movie?
EG: Scarface with Al Pacino.
We know you go by EJ, but do you have any other nicknames that have stuck with you growing up?
EG: Well, yeah, a lot people call me EJ because my dad is also named Eric, but this team likes to call me The Hobbit. Iitís funny, but they say itís because Hobbits are supposed to have natural powers or something. Other than that, people like to call me E-money of EG.
Well, funny you should say that, your fellow rookie DeAndre Jordan actually mentioned your Hobbit nickname in one of his blogs a while back. Now is your turn, is there anything you want to tell Clipper fans about DJ?
EG: Well, he definitely is an entertainer, a character, and just one funny dude. I guess heís pretty much a loud person period, so there really isnít anything anyone probably wouldnít already know about him!
We talked to Zach Randolph a few weeks ago, and he said that even though he was never named to it, heís Indiana's real Mr. Basketball. What do you think about that?
EG: Oh man. Well, even though I was actually named Mr. Basketball, he did take Marion High School to the Indiana State Championship and won! I think Jared Jefferies was named Mr. Basketball that year, but Zach definitely deserved it after what he did. I guess weíll say we technically share the title.
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