Drew Gooden joined NBA.com for a live chat shortly after being drafted by the Grizzlies with the fourth pick overall.


Michael Jordan: how much do u think nba is gonna change your life?

Drew Gooden: I think it's going to be big. I think it's going to be nice as far as having financial security and then having problems because you have financial security. Basically, more money, more problems.


Alfie: Drew, congrats man! Are you pumped to be playing under Jerry West, perhaps one of the greatest of all time?

Drew Gooden: Yes. I'm just looking forward to meeting with him again and talking about my position on the team.


Reginald Simon: Drew Gooden, you are a great player, how do you think you will contribute to your knew team?

Drew Gooden: I think I'll bring rebounding to the team and an attitude of winning.


BILL B.: DREW, WHO ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO PLAY AGAINST?

Drew Gooden: Whoever. I'm just happy to be there. I'm just happy to be playing in the NBA.


Greg Maynard(Inez): drew do you think your transitiong from college to the nba will be rough one ?

Drew Gooden: I think playing basketball ... just getting paid to play, basically. I think that's hard. Sometimes you've got guys who don't want to work some days ... you know what I mean?


Fredrick: Drew, great job at Kansas! Who are you looking forward to with in Memphis most?

Drew Gooden: Jason Williams ... all of them .. Gasol, Battier, Lorenzen Wright, Stromile Swift ... all of them.


Jon: Drew, what do you feel you'll be able to accomplish in your rookie year?

Drew Gooden: Just play well, average about 10+ points and 10+ boards.


malcolm (columbus): how do think that memphis will make it to the playoffs next season?

Drew Gooden: Just come together as a team and build from that. We have enough talent so if we just get everyone playing together, the sky's the limit.


Miles Bartlett: Hey Drew what was your first feeling after you heard your name called?

Drew Gooden: It was wild. I heard that drrrr and I didn't know if he was going to say Drew or something else. But once I heard Drew, chills went up my back. I was just excited and I just went up to get my hat.

Moderator: Thanks to Drew Gooden for stopping by!