New Orleans guard/forward Xavier Henry sat down with Hornets.com recently to discuss some of his interests away from the game of basketball. The 20-year-old and second-year pro from the University of Kansas who came to the Hornets by virtue of a January trade detailed some of his background prior to a home game.
People who had the most influence on his basketball career: My parents, both of them equally. Theyve helped me along my whole life with everything I needed, from travel, to what teams and schools I should play for.
Best moment as an athlete: Getting drafted was pretty big for me. I was working for it my whole life, and then it happened.
How he chose his current uniform number: I picked 4 because it represents my mom, dad, brother and I. I wore 13 in Memphis because my dad and my brother wore it before me when they played.
One thing fans might be surprised to know about him: Im an avid golfer. I play all the time. Im definitely into golf. Ive played once so far at the TPC of Louisiana.
Favorite thing about New Orleans: Probably the food. I like all of the different types of food and the great chefs. I like to try good food all the time.
Favorite athlete as a kid: Well, Im still a kid. [laughs] But probably UFC fighter Anderson Silva.
What hed be doing if he werent an NBA player: Playing golf. Id definitely be trying to get onto the PGA Tour.
Closest friends currently playing on other NBA teams: Daniel Orton of the Orlando Magic and Cole Aldrich from when I played for Kansas. Orton is from Oklahoma City like me. There are a lot of guys I came in with in the same freshman class at Kansas that Im good friends with.
Favorite type of music: Hip-hop. Any kind of hip-hop.
Favorite TV show: My Wife and Kids.
Favorite movie of all time: I like all of the Saw movies.
What he enjoys about Facebook: Checking in with people and seeing whats going on back home.