Hornets.com 1-on-1: Milwaukees Jon Brockman
By: Calder Hynes, Hornets.com
October 27, 2010
Hornets.com caught up with Milwaukee forward Jon Brockman prior to Wednesdays game at the New Orleans Arena.
Brockman begins his sophomore season in the NBA with the Bucks after being acquired in a trade from Sacramento in July. As a rookie with the Kings last season, the man known as the Brock Ness Monster appeared in 52 games, including four starts, and posted averages of 2.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 12.6 minutes of play. The Snohomish, Wash., native has a few connections to the Hornets:
Hornets.com: What do you remember about playing for (current Hornets Assistant Coach) Bryan Gates last season in Sacramento?
Brockman: B. Gates! The thing I like about him is that he loves basketball so much. I got to know him really well, and he wants guys to get better and hell do whatever it takes: stay after practice, show up early, whatever. We would take taxis to every game on the road and be there early before everyone else, getting work in. Hes a great person and a great coach to be around, knows the game really well. Hes an awesome coach.
Hornets.com: You also shared a locker room with Hornets rookie forward Quincy Pondexter for three years at the University of Washington (2006-07 through 2008-09). How do you think he can contribute in the NBA?
Brockman: I think Quincy is adaptable. I was able to see him progress in the three years we were together in college, and watched him last year in my first year in the NBA. Hes a hard worker, unbelievably hard worker, and hes a very gifted basketball player. Im sure hell be able to find a niche doing whatever it takes. He can score, he can rebound, he can defend. Hes a good player, and a good-attitude, good-locker room guy. Good person to have around.
Hornets.com: You were a rookie only last season, any advice for Quincy this year?
Brockman: Do what the veterans say [laughs]. Do what the vets say, there is a little bit of paying your dues, but hes going to be alright. Hes going to be around for a while.
Hornets.com: Any story from your rookie experience that stands out?
Brockman: Oh man, I tried to do everything the guys told me so I wouldnt have any stories.
Hornets.com: Did you ever fall prey to the Kings tradition of filling a rookies car with popcorn if he fails to perform his rookie duties?
Brockman: No. I did all my duties. Luckily I didnt have any popcorn incidents.
Hornets.com: What does it feel like to be part of a team considered by many to be up-and-coming?
Brockman: Theres a lot of excitement. The Bucks had a great season last year, did a lot more than anyone thought they would. Its a little different this year. Its not like were going to sneak up on anyone. Its fun to be a part of it. Its fun to be the team that sneaks up on people, but its also fun to be the team that everyone kind of has the bulls eye on. We have to come out and we have to play like we have that bulls eye.
Hornets.com: Finally, is there any embarrassing story about Quincy that you would like to share?
Brockman: Theres a ton! In college he was just a huge Kardashian fan, he just loved that TV show (Keeping Up with the Kardashians). Hell even tell you that.
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