On Tuesday, February 24, tulsa66ers.com sat down with former Eastern Michigan star and NBA veteran Derrick Dial. Dial has been lighting up the scoreboard, averaging 19.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, and 1.8 assists per contest over his last four games. Dial dished out a team season-high 12 assists back in December at Bakersfield, and at six-foot four inches, swatted a career-high four blocks against Albuquerque on February 20.
posted by Tulsa66ers.com | February 24 @ 4:45 pm
Tulsa66ers.com: What have you been doing differently lately since you've individually been on a tear in the stat sheet?
Derrick Dial: I've stopped worrying about little things and have been concentrating on being more effective while I'm out on the floor. Just trying to be more aggressive.
Have you been able to be a mentor for some of the younger guys on our team?
DD: A little bit, once you've been playing a while there are the little sutble things on and off the court that you can get caught up in that you try to let people know about. I mean, if there are those obstacles that you don't have to bump into then why would you.
What experiences have you brought to Tulsa from all of the places that you've played before, whether it's the NBA or overseas?
DD: In a lot of those situations, it was a very calming experience and you can grow as a person. Since last year when my sister passed, basketball has been my outlet. When I'm out on the court, I don't think about it so much, since she was a big part of my support system and sort of my mentor. When you don't have that person in your life any longer, you value the time away when you are not thinking about it.
Do you have a pregame ritual?
DD: I used to, I was always a stick-to-the-routine type of guy. But as you get older, you let a few of those things go. I eat different things now, and take care of my body. But I still get my nap in.
Do you still have a chance to chat with former teammates in the NBA?
DD: Oh yeah, it's different though. You go to war with them during the season, you travel with them, but when you are no longer teammates...you still talk to them but it's wierd because you're almost worlds apart.
What do you like to do in your free time?
DD: I like to make cd's for my family, read books, watch movies, play on the computer a bit. Really, I just try to relax and Tulsa is such a nice, laid back city that it is easy to relax. Sometimes you have to get away from basketball to be more effective.
What is on your IPOD playlist right now?
DD: Oh man, some of everything. It could be the Beatles, Hall & Oates, any R&B, rap or old school. It could be Kenny Rogers, he's on my IPOD, but when you go to school and travel and you meet different people there's no telling what's going to be on your IPOD.
Have you seen any good movies lately? What's your all-time favorite?
DD: Taken was the last one that I have seen, there was an unexpected part in it that I liked but I won't give it way. And my favorite of all-time...wow...I like Wedding Crashers but it's not my all-time favorite. I guess it would be Shawshank Redemption.
If you could have dinner with anyone in history, alive or not, who would it be and where would you take them?
DD: My grandma. It wouldn't really matter where we went to eat because I've never met her, but I think that would be special.
What video games to you get into?
DD: I don't really do the shoot 'em up games, but I play all the sports and adventure games. Playstation 3, Wii, XBOX 360 whatever, I've got them all.
What do you like most about Tulsa?
DD: I like a lot of things about Tulsa, the people are friendly and it's easy to get around. The fans here are good, because they support us. Night in and night out, through tough wins and close losses, they still support, so I've got to give it up to the fans.