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Memphis' Bobby Jackson averaged 11.4 points in 25.1 minutes off the bench for the Grizzlies this season.
Q: What do you think the team needs to do in order to beat Dallas?
Jackson: We have to come out more aggressive than we did in the first two games and limit our turnovers. If we take care of the ball and get to the free throw line, I think that will be the key to us winning the first round.
Q: How does this Memphis team differ from the Sacramento Kings and what are the attributes that Memphis has that could take them deep into the Playoffs?
Jackson: These two teams are completely different. Sacramento is an offensive, scoring-minded team, whereas Memphis is a defensive-minded team. In Sacramento scoring came easy to me, but here I focus more on defense and trying to shut guys down. In the Playoffs, you need defense to win basketball games, so I believe that our defense will take us far into the Playoffs.
Q: What keeps you motivated and gives you energy on the court?
Jackson: Just the love I have for the game of basketball. I love to play. I love to change the outcome and make things happen. I believe thatís what keeps me interested in the game. Iím getting older, but I still go out and try to do things that will change the tempo and the movement of the game.
Q: How did you feel last night when the Mavericks crowd booed you? Did it make you play better or worse?
Jackson: I love to get booed. I love going in other arenas and trying to get a win. It makes me play better and it gives me an adrenaline rush.
Q: What is it like to play with Pau? What have you learned from him?
Jackson: Itís an honor to play with Pau, because he is such a great player. I think the sky is the limit for him. He hasnít even reached, as Damon Jones would say, his basketball utopia. He is very unselfish, which is one of the reasons I like playing with him. The second reason is because he is a very humble guy.
Q: I noticed you because of your ďflyĒ shoes in Game 1. Which were you wearing and where can I get my hands on a pair of those navy/yellow two tone shoes?
Jackson: I donít know where you can get the And 1 yellow and navy two-tone shoes from, because they donít sell those shoes in the stores.
Q: Where is your favorite place to travel to and play? Who has the loudest crowd?
Jackson: Well, since Iím from North Carolina, I would have to say Charlotte. I love going home to see my family and friends. There are a lot of teams that have loud crowds. The top teams would have to be Sacramento, Dallas, San Antonio, and Phoenix.
Q: How does it feel to be an NBA player?
Jackson: Itís great. I still wake up every morning asking myself, ĎIs this real?í. This is my ninth year in the league and God has just blessed me tremendously. He has enabled me to stay healthy and be in the league for a long time. Iíll never take this for granted.
Q: Can you try and describe Playoff basketball to someone who wished that they could be there? Whatís it like to be on the court and the atmosphere?
Jackson: Itís indescribable! There is a huge adrenaline rush. Some guys are nervous and some guys are very confident. Whatever you would imagine it to be, thatís what it is.
Q: Why do you wear number 24?
It was just available since high school, I just stuck with the number and it went from there. Our high school didnít have 23 (for Michael Jordan) so I went with 24.