Laker Girl vs. Laker: Teresa & McRoberts

To trace some of the most and least obvious differences between a Laker and a Laker Girl, we enlisted the help of forward Josh McRoberts and first year dancer Teresa, who answered the exact same bunch of questions about the number of three-pointers each could hit out of 100, their most embarrassing moments on the court, what kind of music really makes them move and more:

Q: How many three-pointers can you hit out of 100?
Teresa: In a regular game? I'd say two. I never played basketball ... so I think it would have to be granny style. McRoberts: Hopefully 70 to 80, maybe closer to 70. I mean, if I got really, really hot, 100 would be the peak. But I haven't shot many threes this year. In high school, I shot threes more in my sophomore and junior years, but my senior year I was bigger and stronger so I had my way inside.
Q: How many times have you dunked in your life?
Teresa: Maybe five? You know the little kid kind of basket they have? But if my dad helping me counts, that would up my number to about 20. I used to love to play basketball with my dad. McRoberts: Probably around 1 million. Just a rough estimate. I mean if we include Little Tikes hoops, maybe billions. But I have dunked everything when I'm near the rim for like 10 years. I almost always dunk instead of laying the ball in. It's an easier two points for me, because there's some risk at putting it on the glass.
Q: Are you big, normal or small for your family?
Teresa: I'd say average to small. I'm 5-2, so I'm the shortest one in my immediate family. McRoberts: I'm the tallest ... but I do have a grandfather and an uncle who are pretty tall, both around 6-8. So my 6-9 takes care of business in the family. That said, it's mostly women. Along with my mom, I have two sisters.
Q: What's your most embarrassing moment on the court?
Teresa: I lost a shoe one time, which was pretty embarrassing. I just pretended like it didn't happen, then grabbed it after the routine. I've also fallen lots of times, but never on the basketball court. McRoberts: Any bad play, like a bad turnover, is worse than getting dunked on. Everyone gets dunked on if they try to block shots. I don't think about getting dunked on, I think that I'm going to go get it. If it's someone super athletic, you have to time it up, you can't wait until they're already in the air; it's a science of not getting dunked on. You must take your speed and athleticism into account along with theirs.
Q: How long does it take you to get ready?
Teresa: An hour. My hair alone takes me about 20-30 minutes. Once I get to the arena, if I haven't done anything, it would take 30 minutes, but then it has to set, and then I take it out. I have to make sure not to be late, and I haven't been yet. McRoberts: I'd say five or 10 minutes. I keep my hair short so it's easy. This morning, for example, it took me approximately one minute to get ready. I grabbed the closest pair of shorts and t-shirt I could find, threw some sandals on and that was that. I do shower a lot, so there's that. I'll brush my teeth. But I don't really have anything to get too pretty with. It's basic.
Q: Do you have any pregame routines?
Teresa: I always have a cup of coffee before the game, which could be any kind. I love coffee and am kind of addicted to it, and probably do it for the energy, the caffeine and out of habit. I usually come to games from work*, so it's a nice little pick me up to have some coffee.
Editor's Note: *Teresa is a performer at the Disneyland Resort.
McRoberts: I like to take a nap, take a shower when I wake up and drive to the arena early to get some shots up. I may make a peanut butter sandwich when I get there, sometimes with jelly, sometimes with Nutella. Then I'll go to the weight room to get stuff in there done, then get taped. I always put my left shoe on first. No real reason, I just always have. That's how I do it. Does it help me? No, not at all.
Q: What do you do if Andrew Bynum is running directly towards you and can't get out of the way when you're on the sideline?
Teresa: I'd curl into a fetal position and hope for the best. I've had a player fall on me during a game, someone from an opposing team two seasons ago when I was a dancer for the Clippers. He stepped on my leg and I was bleeding, which was pretty painful. McRoberts: I'd probably try to stop him. I'm a good guy like that; I don't want him to get hurt. You have to fulfill your role on the team. Maybe a couple other guys on the team would. Of course, if he's running full speed, train style, it might be safer for him to let him go, so it's all about the situation. I trust my intuition.
Q: What's your favorite movie?
Teresa: It's really cheesy, but I'll say "The Notebook." I love that movie. Or if I want to laugh, any Jim Carrey movie is a good choice. I've been watching "Liar Liar" all week. McRoberts: I never think about this kind of stuff, so I usually say something stupid. It's definitely not "The Notebook." I'm going to say "Teen Wolf." It was on TV yesterday too. I enjoy basically everything about it. The game action, using the same highlights over and over and the same montage. The coach is the best. The whole thing is really ridiculous.
Q: What's your biggest influence for your current profession?
Teresa: My mom. She owns her own dance studio, so I always learned from her. If I wasn't dancing at the studio, I was dancing at home. Outside of that, I also always liked Janet Jackson, but she was a little before my time. My generation was more Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Beyonce. McRoberts: My parents. They got me started playing early, when I was four or five in Indiana. I played at the YMCA when I was four, but it was a part of my family; my mom's dad and my dad both played at Butler University, and my grandfather was a coach for a long time.
Q: What's your favorite music to dance to?
Teresa: I really like pop music, and hip hop. One of my favorites is Missy Elliot. Where has she been? We need her back. I also like Justin Timberlake, but he said he was going to stop making music while he's focusing on acting. McRoberts: I don't dance. No. I'm too big to dance, nobody wants to see that. If something comes on that I feel like I might want to move to, I just change the station. I'm sure I danced a little bit at prom or something, but that was a long time ago. The goal was to dance as absolute little as possible, I'm definitely not doing it out of free will. Only if I have to.
Q: Do you think "Cry Me A River" by Timberlake sent Britney into her tailspin?
Teresa: I'm sure there was more than just that, but it's a small part of it. It's heartbreak! McRoberts: Yeah ... I don't know. I'd need the timeline, but the way you describe it, maybe it did. We can say so. I don’t have much to say about them in general, but I do think he's a talented dude. I saw one of his concerts when I was in Portland and he is definitely a great entertainer.
Q: Would you rather eat a tarantula, or climb up a 75-foot wall without a rope?
Teresa: The wall, no matter how high. There's just no way I'd eat a tarantula. Could we at least cook the tarantula? No? It's alive and wiggling? No way. I'd risk my life rather than do that. I mean, I could watch someone do it on "Fear Factor," but not so much myself. McRoberts: I'd rather just not to either - but I'd have to eat the tarantula, I think. I'm not doing anything that could kill me. I'm staying on the ground. I just am not climbing anything. You're making me answer ... so I just picked the one where I couldn't die. Also, I could eat a bug faster than I can climb a wall, so there's that. I'm not lazy, I just don't like to do anything that isn't something I actually enjoy.

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