Quinton Ross really is the shy, quiet type. He lets his
tenacious defense and three-point sharp shooting speak for him. But with only
two new players for Inside Dish to interview, we decided to go with the shy,
quiet type over the Frenchman. Inside Dish talked to Ross in the entertainment
center part of the Mavericks locker room. We sat up in the over-sized black
fluffy leather chairs and let our feet dangle like little kids.
ID: I ask everyone this when they first come to the team...how
did it make you feel when you found out you would be playing in your hometown?
QR: When I found out I was very excited. It felt great
knowing that I would get to come home and play in front of my family and my
ID: Do you have a lot more ticket requests playing for the Mavericks compared to when you played for the Clippers and Grizzlies?
QR: Exactly! A
ton of people are asking me for tickets every game. Everyone and anyone will
call me up for tickets. It is crazy. I usually have about 10-12 requests every
home game, but I just keep it simple and take care of my close family. It gets
to be too much so I have to cut it off.
ID: You played
at Kimball High School in Dallas and went to the State Finals...did any of your
teammates play college ball or make it to the NBA?
QR: I had a couple of teammates that went Division I and
ID: How did you decide on going to Southern Methodist
University? Did any other schools recruit you out of Kimball?
QR: It wasn't an easy decision. I was leaning towards Texas
Tech, but again SMU was an opportunity for my mom to be able to watch me play
since I stayed close to home.
ID: When you finished at SMU and no one drafted you, did you
think that you wouldn't make it into the NBA?
QR: Well, I had to take a different route but I never
stopped believing that I would make it into the NBA. I had to go to Europe for
a year. It was a great experience for me and it taught me a lot that helped me
once I got into the NBA.
ID: Did you think you had a shot of getting drafted? What were
"people" saying about your chances?
QR: Everyone thought I had a chance to be a high second
round pick. And I felt like I had decent workouts with the teams, but on draft
day it just didn't work out.
ID: When did you personally think that you might have a shot
at the NBA?
QR: I would say after my sophomore year in college I really
got a feel that I might have a chance. My freshman year my play was
inconsistent, but my sophomore year I played really well and I played with some
really good basketball players and I could hold my own.
ID: Can you believe that this is your sixth season as a
player in the NBA?
QR: I really can't. Time flies by so fast. But I am just
trying to get to 10 right now and then we can go from there. I am just enjoying
the ride and working as hard as I can to be successful in this league.
ID: Have you ever doubted that you can compete in the NBA?
QR: Never that. I have been competing my entire life. I
never doubt myself when I am on the court. I just go out there and give it my all.
I just try to play to the best of my abilities and see what happens.
ID: When did you start playing basketball?
QR: I started playing when I was 8 years old.
ID: Were the Dallas Mavericks your favorite NBA team growing
QR: Nah, I was a Chicago Bulls fan growing up.
ID: Who were your basketball idols growing up?
QR: Jordan and Pippen of course, but I was a huge Penny
ID: Who did you play one-on-one with growing up?
QR: For the most part I was always playing with all my
friends, but my dad is the one that got my mental toughness right. He was
always beating me up in one-on-one.
ID: Have the Dallas people welcomed you back with open arms?
QR: Without a doubt. People have been great and embraced me
since day one of my return. Everyone has been really cool.
significance to why you wear the number six?
QR: I wore 13 my entire career but Matt Carroll had that
number, so I just went for 6 because it's my 6th year in the league.
I just have to keep it moving from here.
ID: How have the Mavericks treated you so far?
QR: The Mavericks have been great. It is a great
organization and definitely the best that I have been around. Everyone is hands
on and involved like a family.
ID: When you were growing up in Dallas, could you imagine
traveling the United States in a private jet, staying in five-star hotels, and
getting a big fat paycheck every two weeks?
QR: Never, not at all. It is really unbelievable. Basketball
is the greatest game in the world to make your living. I wouldn't trade it for
ID: Now for the Dallas questions: What is your favorite
restaurant in Dallas right now?
QR: Benihana all day, every day.
ID: What was your favorite restaurant in Dallas growing up?
QR: Definitely Grandy's.
ID: Are you a Dallas Cowboys fan?
ID: Have you ever been to a Stars game?
ID: What is your favorite thing to do on a night out in
QR: I just like chilling out. Maybe catch a movie and get a
bite to eat.
ID: Do you remember your first Mavericks game as a fan?
QR: Yeah, my uncle took me when I was 13 or 14. It was my
first professional game.
ID: Do you eat fast food? What is your favorite fast food?
QR: Oh, yeah. Shoot...I am everywhere...McDonald's, Catfish
Floyd's, Top Cat...
ID: Boxers or Briefs?
ID: Pepsi or Coke?
ID: Crunchy or Puffy Cheetos?
ID: Favorite Chewing gum?
QR: Super Bubble. They have a bucket of it in the locker
room. I love that stuff. For real, that stuff is the best.
ID: Favorite Super Hero?
ID: Favorite Actor?
QR: How can you go wrong with Denzel (Washington)?
ID: Favorite Actress?
QR: Halle Barry.
ID: Favorite movie growing up?
QR: Pass, come back to that one.
ID: Favorite movie now?
QR: Harlem Nights.
ID: What was the last movie that you saw in a theatre?
QR: Law Abiding Citizen.
ID: Favorite TV show growing up?
ID: Favorite TV show now?
QR: ESPN News, SportsCenter, and all those...I am all sports.
ID: Who plays you in the made-for-TV movie of your life?
QR: It's that cat on The Wire. What's his name? *********The
Wire...show him cast.
ID: What actress would be your love interest?
QR: Zoe Saldana.
ID: Do you remember you first girlfriend?
QR: Yeah, definitely. I was in high school. I could tell you
her name but I don't want to put her on blast like that so I am not going to
tell you her name.
ID: Do you remember the first time that you took a girl on a
date and you drove her? When was it? Where did you go? What kind of car was it?
QR: Well, it was my junior year in high school. My mom had a
Grand Am that she let me borrow. I took her to dinner and a movie. We ate at
Cheddar's, and the movie was Amistad.
ID: What kind of car do you drive now?
QR: I have a Chevy Camaro.
ID: What type of music do you like?
QR: I am diverse. I like Hip-Hop, R&B...it just depends on
ID: What books are on your nightstand right now?
QR: I am reading the Lance Armstrong book right now.
NBA city to visit other than Dallas?
QR: New York.
ID: Who is the most famous person that you met when you
played in Los Angeles?
QR: It's L.A. I met everybody. There are so many stars out
there that you are meeting people left and right every single day.
ID: What do you plan on doing after basketball?
QR: I will probably go into coaching.
ID: Last question: You were an Economics major at SMU. Do you have any advice for the United
States Government to help us get out of this recession? Just kidding.