DO YOU KNOW REGGIE BULLOCK?
Here are five things you may not know about Clippers rookie Reggie Bullock:
1. He grew up in Kinston, North Carolina, hometown to a number of former NBA players, including Jerry Stackhouse, Cedric “Cornbread” Maxwell, Mitchell Wiggins (father of University of Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins) and Charles Shackleford. Bullock actually attended a youth basketball camp hosted by Stackhouse as a sixth grader and famously made a 3-pointer over the North Carolina legend in front of a large contingent of campers. Stackhouse has been one of Bullock’s mentors since.
2. One of the first media requests for Bullock when he was at Summer League in Las Vegas came when EA Sports, makers of the NBA Live video game series, asked for the rookie and several others to have their likeness captured on camera for the 2014 edition of the game. He went through the process of standing in front of dozens of cameras set at specific angles to capture his facial contours and expressions. It is unlikely, though, that Bullock will be in line on release day to buy the game. He says he does not own a video game system.
3. Bullock wore jersey No. 35 in college, but said he decided to wear No. 25 in the NBA as a tribute to his father, who passed away at 25 years old. Further connecting him the number, Bullock was also the No. 25 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
4. The Clippers have three former Associated Press North Carolina High School Player of the Year award winners (also known as Mr. Basketball) on the roster. Bullock won the award at Kinston High in 2009-10, preceded by Chris Paul (West Forsyth High) in 2002-03 and Antawn Jamison (Providence High) in 1994-95.
5. A couple weeks after Bullock was drafted by the Clippers he arrived in Los Angeles to prepare for Summer League. He was almost immediately teamed with Paul and Blake Griffin in a pickup game, something he recalls as being somewhat surreal. The most noticeable thing, according to Bullock, was the difference in the pace of play between the two All-NBA players and the newcomers.
“The NBA game is so much faster and so under control,” Bullock said. “When college games get fast, they can get out of control a little bit. I feel like in the NBA, Chris Paul, he’s moving fast, but he’s so under control at the same time.”