NBA Superlatives: Trevor Ariza

Monday, October 4, 2010
By: Jim Eichenhofer, sat down with New Orleans seventh-year small forward Trevor Ariza to learn more about his thoughts on the league and his career:
Most memorable moment in the NBA: “Winning a championship with the Lakers in 2008. It felt great to know that everything I’d worked for my whole life paid off. A lot of hours, a lot of broken bones, injuries, sweat, tears – everything.”
Most memorable dunk in the NBA: “Where’s Emeka? [laughs] I had a dunk over him when he played for Charlotte a few years ago. I was with Orlando. I stepped on him a little bit, to get a little bit higher on the rim.”
Most embarrassing moment in the NBA: “When I was with the Knicks and we played in Boston, I got hung up on the rim and missed a dunk.”
Most surprising thing about the NBA as a rookie: “Just being around people that I thought were not human. Once I realized they were just like me, it was easier.”
Toughest players to face at his position: “Definitely Kobe Bryant. Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony, too.”
Most underrated player in the NBA: “It was Gerald Wallace, but now he’s getting a lot of recognition. Now it’s Stephen Jackson.”
Best uniforms in the NBA (besides the Hornets’): “I’m from L.A., so I have to go with the Lakers.”
Favorite road arena: “Golden State, because the fans there are crazy, in a good way. They have a great crowd and great fans.”
Favorite road trip, based on the city: “Going home to Los Angeles.”
Best trash-talker in the NBA: Paul Pierce.
Change he’d make if he were NBA commissioner: “I don’t want to comment on that.” [smiles]