Inside the Locker Room: Best athletic moment

By: Jim Eichenhofer,, @Jim_Eichenhofer

For some NBA players, making it to the league serves as the greatest highlight of their athletic career. For others, it may be something that happened before they turned pro. To find out what the pinnacle of each New Orleans Hornets player’s sports career has been so far, asked a simple question: What’s been your best moment as an athlete?

Al-Farouq Aminu
“Winning a game in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Texas.”

Ryan Anderson
“There are so many moments where I have to pinch myself that I am actually doing this (playing in the NBA). But getting drafted and hearing your name called is one of the most amazing feelings, to see your dream come true. I remember I was huddled up in a fetal position that night, so nervous, until my name got called.”

Anthony Davis
“(Olympic) gold medal at the top. Then winning a national championship ring and being the first player picked in the draft. Those are the top three so far.”

Eric Gordon
“Being on the USA Basketball team.”

Xavier Henry
“Getting drafted was pretty big for me. I was working for it my whole life, and then it happened.”

Robin Lopez
“In college, my best moment was our last-second win to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament against Marquette in my sophomore year. In the NBA, getting to the Western Conference finals (with Phoenix in 2010) and playing competitively in that. That was pretty special.”

Roger Mason
“Playing for the USA team in college, at the World University Games in Beijing. My career overall has been a blessing. Game-winning shots, playoff games are all up there. Also, being in the NBA three-point contest was a nice achievement.”

Darius Miller
“Winning a national championship at Kentucky.”

Austin Rivers
“Probably being able to play under Coach K (at Duke), and we won the Maui tournament last year, which was a big deal. Also, winning those big games at (North) Carolina and at Maryland.”

Brian Roberts
“Right now. To get to this point, it was a journey and a lot of hard work. Not giving up has paid off. But this is just the beginning. I want to keep working and continue to make my mark.”

Jason Smith
“Getting a Division I scholarship to college. I came from a small town, graduated with 67 kids and I was the only one from there in a long time that had a D-I scholarship.”

Lance Thomas
“Winning a national championship at Duke.”

Greivis Vasquez
“When I got drafted (into the NBA by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2010). It was really cool to reach one of my goals. I never thought I was going to be playing in the NBA. Now I’m on a team with a group of young guys who want to get better. That’s something real cool.”