New Orleans Hornets center Chris Johnson, also a Louisiana State University product, discussed some of his off-the-court interests recently with Hornets.com. Johnson was signed by the Hornets for the remainder of the 2011-12 season on March 20.
Person whos had the most influence on his basketball career: Id say the assistant coach at LSU John Treloar. He helped my game out a lot, as far as challenging me and pushing me to a lot of different things, such as rebounding.
Person whos had the most influence on him off the court: Id say my entire family. I lost my mom at a young age. They all helped raise me and taught me every day.
Best moment in the NBA: Blocking Dirk Nowitzkis shot in the playoffs last year, pretty much helping us (Blazers) get the win. It was awesome.
How he chose his uniform number of 20: I didnt. I just showed up and this is what they gave me.
How he choose his sound bite in the New Orleans Arena: They gave me the LSU fight song. Marcus (Thornton) had it too.
Hidden talent: Im a good singer in the shower. [laughs]
Favorite thing about New Orleans: I like the weather. Its always warm here in Louisiana.
Pregame ritual: I like just listening to music.
First job: I was cutting grass with one of my friends. We just did it for part of the summer and that was it.
Favorite athletes as a kid: Kevin Garnett and Deion Sanders.
What hed be doing if he werent an NBA player: Id try to play another sport, or do something to help kids. Maybe become a teacher.
Closest friends on other NBA teams and in pro sports: My closest friends in the NBA are probably Wesley Matthews and Nolan Smith. In other sports Id say Torrey Smith (Baltimore Ravens) and I grew up with Jermon Bushrod (New Orleans Saints).
Favorite type of music: R&B and Hip Hop.
Favorite TV shows: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, King of Queens.
Favorite movie of all time: Project X, because you didnt know what to expect. It was just a great movie.
Favorite websites: Of course ESPN.com, NBA.com. I like HoopsHype. Anything with sports, basically.