Last Tuesday Dime Magazine caught up with Phoenix Suns' point guard Kendall Marshall at the NBA rookie photo shoot. It's always fun to learn more about and get to know new players on the team and Marshall to me seems like a really good kid.
A few highlights from the article:
Dime: A lot of turmoil this offseason with the Phoenix point guard situation. How do you feel about how it all turned out?
Kendall Marshall: I feel it's a great situation. Added a lot of youth to our team. Got rid of a couple players that were great assets. I feel like we're going to be good. Obviously a lot of growing pains were gonna go through, but we still want to get back to that elite level. We have full faith in the coaches and we know we gotta work hard.
And some things that should make you smile:
Dime: So are you worried at all about your rating in NBA 2k13?
KM: I am, definitely worried about it. In college I played for Twitter followers. I played well so I could get more followers. In the NBA, I gotta get my rating up. That's all I'm worried about.
Dime: What kind of stuff do you do pregame? Music, rituals, etc.
KM: Music-wise, I listen to a lot of Wale pregame. He gets me hyped. The Eleven One Eleven Theory, mixtapes. And last year in college I played Angry Birds before every game. Right now I'm really feeling Bejeweled.
Catch the full article and Q&A over at dimemag.com.
My impressions shortly after the draft and after an underwhelming Summer League performance still stand. I'm not completely sold on his ability to be a player that I think can carry the Suns back to an elite level over the next few years. Yet I understand he has distinctly unique court vision and passing abilities and I hope he can develop and make me more a believer once actual NBA basketball begins in the coming months.
If Kendall's work ethic is at least the size of his personality - I'm very optimistic that he'll improve his NBA2K rating.
What did you think of the interview?