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Know-A-Net: Chris Douglas-Roberts

September 22, 2008
by Ben Couch -- NJNETS.COM

East Rutherford, NJ Chris Douglas-Roberts is a laid-back dude off-the-court. Hell gamely field all queries, rolling out answers loaded with potential for followup questions, upon which hes also willing to expound.

But when it comes to discussing basketball, theres a steel-edged confidence that creeps in to Douglas-Roberts sentences and his tone. Not cockiness, but self-assurance born of proven ability. The rookie swingman from Memphis finished his junior season as a First-Team All-American and the Conference USA Player of the Year. He averaged 18.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 40 games for the NCAA runner-up, and did it efficiently, shooting .541 from the floor and .413 from three.

Drafted in June by the New Jersey Nets with the 10th pick of second round (No. 40 overall), CDR caught up with us after a recent workout. Its time to Know a Net! Whats your first basketball memory?

Chris Douglas-Roberts: I dont know how old I was I had to be in the single digits but I hung a wire hanger up on the door, then ball up a sock and shoot it. I was real young. That was my first basketball experience. Who most encouraged you as a basketball player?

CDR: My brother. My mother, too. Theyve always been behind me, whatever I wanted to do. What player did you most admire growing up?

CDR: Growing up, I liked Steve Smith. Hes from Detroit, so I tried to model my game on Steve Smith. What element of his game would you most like to have?

CDR: Probably his jump shot. Ive got the trash talking and all that down. When was your first dunk?

CDR: 13 years old. I was 6-2 or 6-3, going into ninth grade summer. It was just on the side, nothing serious. Did you know it was coming?

CDR: Nah, nobody does. Whenever they say their first dunk, nobody knows. Its just an adrenaline thing everybodys on the side dunking, and you just happen to do it. Ever since then, Ive been trying to dunk all the time. Now, Ive gotten away from it a little bit, but I can get up when I want. I can get up when I want, man. So if the League comes calling around February, what happens?

CDR: Dunk contest? No. No no no no no no no no. I cant do that one. I cant do that one. Whats the biggest shot youve ever hit?

CDR: Man, I made a bunch of game-winners. Whats the biggest one? Probably in college, the UAB one. Or I hit one against Gonzaga, too. Probably the UAB one, the and-one. Can you practice for those moments?

CDR: Nah nah nah nah nah. You just have to have that heart in you, you have to really want the ball. You cant be nervous, you cant be scared. It has to be in you. You cant teach it or practice it. What kicks are you going to wear this season?

CDR: Nikes, man. Im a Nike guy. I dont know which ones (Ill wear). Whats your favorite pair?

CDR: Right, now? Probably the Jason Kidds. Its ironic, ha. You notice if anyone on the teams a big shoe guy?

CDR: I know I am. Ive always been like that, man. Ive always cared about having a new pair of shoes on. Ever since I can remember. So whats the prized pair in the CDR collection?

CDR: I take a lot of pride in my Pradas, man. My Pradas. The boots. Those are my favorite. Whats your gameday routine? Any superstitions?

CDR: I just nap up until its time to get to the gym. I must get the nap in Im very upset if that gets interrupted. No superstitions. I dont really believe in that. Whats the best way to relax after a game?

CDR: Its hard, because youre real wired after a game. But I just try to sit down. It depends Im really not used to losing at all, so I really didnt have to watch a lot of tape. But when we did lose, I sat back and watched some tape. After wins, I just kick back and enjoy the win. Whats your favorite food?

CDR: Macaroni and cheese and yams, mixture. Youve got to mix them up. So you dig that Memphis barbecue?

CDR: Im not really a barbecue guy, but I like smothered pork chops, smothered chicken, meatloaf and stuff. Im a real soul food guy; Im from Detroit you cant help that. I like Maggies (Irish Bar and Restaurant). Its in North Jersey, and thats my favorite right now. What movies have you watched most often? TV shows?

CDR: Im not a movie guy. Not at all. I dont remember the last time I went to a movie theater. Do you play NBA video games?

CDR: No. Not a video game guy at all. Do you play any fantasy sports?

CDR: Nooooo. You majored in sports and leisure management -- any ideas about what youd like to pursue after your basketball career?

CDR: I always see myself in the sports world, somehow, after my career. But now that I think about it, I shouldve been broadcasting or something like that, because I can see myself as one of those commentator guys after the game. I could see myself doing that. Nice. So whos the best player-turned-broadcaster?

CDR: Jalen (Rose)! De-troit. Yes, sir. Word. Hes been good.

CDR: Yeah. Hes real good at that.

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