Getting to Know Matt Rogers
|Matt Rogers (Photo Credit: Layne Murdoch/NBAE/Getty Images)|
On Nov. 1, 2010, the Texas Legends selected their first pick in franchise history in the 2010 NBA Development League draft, a forward from Southwest Baptist University,Matt Rogers. Rogers, who spent the 2010 preseason with the Charlotte Bobcats, played with the Legends during their inaugural season and helped the team make it to the playoffs under Coach Nancy Lieberman. The 6’11” forward also has a passion for music and has high hopes for next season. Find out what Matt’s musical talents are, his goals for next season and how he feels about Lieberman’s promotion to Assistant General Manager.
What was your favorite part about playing for the Legends during their inaugural season?
I think getting to travel and seeing different areas of the country. Travelling all over the country was a great experience – from Maine to Bakersfield and everywhere in between. Also, being able to be a first year professional athlete was great. It was really a year of a lot of new experiences for me, which helped me develop a lot both on and off the court.
What are your musical talents?
I’m a singer and a guitar player. When I was 15 I started playing guitar because I am from a very musical family. I played with my church throughout high school and continue to play recreationally.
Would you ever consider singing the National Anthem before a Legends game next season?
Yes I would – hopefully, we can do that this coming season.
What is your favorite band or singer?
Shane & Shane. They are a group of two guys and I really like their music.
If you weren’t playing basketball, would you want to pursue a musical career?
Possibly. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies, so I would like to combine those passions and do something with the church and church music.
What goals do you have for yourself for the next season?
I want to be stronger and have a more physical presence in the post. I would like to be able to step out a little more and make people respect my 3-pointer. Overall, I want to make my game well rounded. I’ve been working in the weight room and on the court throughout the off-season to get ready for next season.
Who were your role models as you were growing up?
My dad is the biggest influence in my life. He is a strong Christian man that knew how to lead a family and that is something I have always respected. He has tried to instill those qualities in me – hopefully I have done a good job of living up to that.
What number do you wear and why?
I wear 32 because that is the number I was given. I’m not too worried about what number I wear or things like that – I just want to go out and play hard and to the best of my ability.
How do you feel about Nancy Lieberman being promoted to Assistant General Manager?
I talked to her Monday and she was really excited about it. As long as she is happy, I am happy.
What are you hoping the Legends will accomplish during their second season?
You never want to backtrack, so I would love to make the playoffs again and be more of a presence there. For my personal goals, I would love to get a call up or sign a contract with the NBA, that is what I am working towards.
How is it working with Donnie, Del and Spud?
They are great. They are on speed dial on my phone and any time I need anything they’re ready to listen and get things done. They run the program as well as anyone can run it and I could not be happier.