My Amazing Journey -- Danny Granger

Getting to the NBA is not easy. Of the millions of kids playing basketball around the world today, only a very small percentage will make it to the Association. Along the way, there will be highs and lows, ups and downs.


What was the biggest obstacle you overcame to reach the NBA?
Danny Granger:
Convincing myself I was good enough to play in the NBA.

Finish this sentence: Growing up, the basketball court was my...
DG:
Sanctuary from all the negativity in the community around me.

To what lengths would you go for a chance to play basketball, even if it were just a shoot around?
DG:
Any, basketball was the best thing that happened to me.

Who was your basketball hero and why?
DG:
Scottie Pippen and MJ...I liked Scottie though because I always thought that my game was similar to his. Plus my cousin always wore #23 and I chose #33...a dynamic duo.

What is your favorite childhood basketball memory?
DG:
Playing on the gravel streets of my neighborhood with my friends

Best piece of basketball advice you received was...
DG:
Play every game like it was my last.

What advice would you give to someone who aspires to play in the NBA?
DG:
Never doubt what you can do because the sky is the limit when you put your mind to it.

How old were you when you received your first basketball and what did it feel like to have your very own?
DG:
I was five and in kindergarten. I took it to school with me but the teacher told me I couldn't bring it anymore, so I cried!

When did you realize you had serious game?
DG:
My junior year in high school when I dominated very easily.

Did it ever strike you in the middle of a game in front of a packed house, "Man, I can't believe I'm here..."
DG:
Yeah it did playing in the PIT at New Mexico.

How proud is your family that you made it to the NBA?
DG:
They're ecstatic! They constantly tell anyone who will listen about their famous relative.