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  • Hey, quiet a little off the beaten path.

  • Question, But woman to see if you go back to your high school recruiting days And if you are ever recruited by an HBCU and also what you think about what you guys are doing for HBC us today.

  • Yeah.

  • No, I don't think I was.

  • That's recruited by HBCU, But, I mean, it's dope that, you know, they think they made the jerseys off.

  • You know those colleges, man?

  • Mm.

  • Yeah, I think it's pretty cool.

  • Right.

  • Thanks.

  • Thanks for going over.

  • Uh, just shy again.

  • Me?

  • Me?

  • Yes.

  • Sorry.

  • Go ahead.

  • Okay.

  • Okay.

  • What's going on?

  • Um, my name is Jason Smalls.

  • I'm a student journalist at Bennett College.

  • My question today for you is, um how do you feel about the NBA supporting HBCU s tonight?

  • True?

  • Uh, he just asked me that, but I mean, I think we did the jerseys.

  • Like I said, I like the jerseys.

  • No, it's great that the n b.

  • A.

  • Is acknowledging those colleges, and, you know, it's bringing is showing.

  • Uh, you know, young kids that there that they can go to those schools and become something, you know, growing up I didn't know much about them.

  • You know, just, you know, living in Kelly.

  • He all you hear about is u S C U C l A.

  • Mhm.

  • But, you know, now I think I'm gonna go cousins and nieces.

  • We'll be able to see that the n b A.

  • Is a contribute or just showing love to the HBC use.

  • And, you know, we're just bringing attention to them.

  • So look it up and see if they want to go there.

  • But, you know, it's not really mainstream.

  • I don't hear it a lot.

  • You know what else?

  • Okay, Thank you so much.

  • I didn't hear a lot when I was young.

  • Thanks for having to mark Medina.

  • Likewise, with the one year anniversary coming up with the season shut down.

  • What do you remember about how you process what was happening in the Okay?

  • See Utah game and then the the league calling off this season?

  • I just remembered I'm shutting it down pretty much.

  • You know what's crazy?

  • Nobody really didn't know too many information.

  • Too much information about that, You know, the virus.

  • But, you know, at that moment, you just You just thought that it was serious, you know, with the NBA shutting it down, making sure at the end of the none of the players are and the staff members or anybody organization gets spread to them and make it even worse situation.

  • Thanks.

  • Mark will go over to Dan.

  • Hey, good to see you.

  • Um, it's, uh, last year in Chicago, you won the M V P award, um, one of trophy with Kobe's name, and I know it meant a lot to you.

  • Uh, this might be an obvious question, but how different is this all star experience?

  • And last year's, which kind of feels, like, sort of the last big NBA public event, that everybody was kind of that together.

  • I mean, there's a So there's no people around, you know?

  • Um, you know, there was no entertainment, you know?

  • Look what we're doing now.

  • We're doing his own call, whatever facetime call, um, interview.

  • So that's the difference.

  • It's just no energy is there's no excitement and pretty much other than when the game is going to be played.

  • But, you know, off the floor is pretty much dead for us.

  • The city of a menace turned up, but it's pretty dead for the people in the organization or the league.

  • Thanks, Dan.

  • We'll go over the law.

  • Okay.

  • Well, I sort of along those same lines you've been in.

  • You've been a clipper.

  • Now, if this is your second season and, uh, you know, you're from the area Los Angeles area, and I just wanted to know from this pandemic, Like, what have you learned the most about Los Angeles?

  • Like what?

  • What what?

  • Uh, what have you learned most also about, um, Los Angeles since you joined the Clippers?

  • Nothing, really.

  • I mean, I've been through the city my whole life, and I didn't learn it.

  • Nothing new.

  • Thanks a lot.

  • We'll go over to Shenyang, Echo and ecstasy.

  • I know this year or this, you know, all star event is not normal under normal circumstances.

  • But in the traditional all star season, what is your favorite part about?

  • About the All Star weekend?

  • Is it?

  • You know, just conversing with other players.

  • Is it going out discovering restaurants?

  • Like, what's your favorite part about All Star weekend on a normal basis?

  • Uh, you know, uh, the fan engagement, You know, um, just come in here, you know, fans being around you get to go to, you know, good, especially sports clinics.

  • Uhh.

  • You're able to, you know, just just be a mentor to some of some of the kids around that time just going to those gyms or the parks to help help build things, help the community.

  • You know, Those are the things I look forward to just trying to give joy in people's life.

  • But, you know, this time around, we're not able to do that.

  • We're going too far back.

  • Hey, cool.

  • I remember a year ago when you took the podium at the All Star Game, there was a Gatorade bottle and put it down and said You weren't sponsored by Gator and I think I see the X two bottle next to you this time.

  • You're making sure to have that with you at all times this year.

  • No, I don't have to bring it.

  • It's always gonna be there.

  • They're gonna make sure it's there from And, uh, the other question would be, um, you know, in the All Star Game, there's all these favorite moments people may have, whether it's you know, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan guarding each other Kobe guarding LeBron and LeBron's, slapping the floor and Kobe blocking them.

  • Do you have a favorite moment in the All Star Game from when you were growing up, right?

  • Yeah.

  • Not that I can recall.

  • No.

  • We'll go over to Joe Barton.

  • Sorry about that.

  • Like why, um, going back to see, I guess the fall of 2019.

  • So, the start of last season, guys like you, like the top players in the league, You all more or less were on board with the idea of the 2020 Olympics and playing for Team USA today.

  • Now, so much has happened in the season itself is jammed right up against the Olympics and all that and pandemics in place.

  • Still, where are you on playing for Team USA?

  • And how much of it depends on how far the Clippers get?

  • I think pretty a lot of people are in.

  • We're in for 2020 But just that pandemic pretty much killed everything, but Mm, yeah, right now, you know my plan is to go.

  • Yeah, it doesn't really matter on the success that we have, You know, if I feel up to it and we're ready to go around that time being I'm playing.

  • Thanks, Joe.

  • Erik Walden and Good equalised.

  • So Mike Conley became a late addition to your team.

  • Durant.

  • He set an NBA record for being, you know, the deepest into his career of 14 years in becoming the first time All Star.

  • Just wondering, how well do you know Mike?

  • Um, And if he were to approach you for advice about playing his first All star game, what would you say to him?

  • I mean, just go out and have fun, you know?

  • Pretty much go and enjoy.

  • That's all I have from It's a game.

  • I mean, he's a professional being in the league for 14 years, so I mean, he knows how to post the game.

  • Just have fun.

  • Enjoy it to authenticate.

  • Thanks, Eric.

  • We'll close out, Dan, you can go ahead.

  • I cut you off before you can ask your follow up so we'll close out with you.

  • Thanks.

  • Um, in your time in the league, sort of the philosophy of of practice and how much team should practice what they should do at a practice has changed quite a bit.

  • What have you kind of made of how that's changed.

  • And how do you think it's affected?

  • Kind of the way the game is played today and the seasons managed.

  • So how are practices now?

  • Like, how are you saying they are?

  • I mean, I like it Seems like a teams don't really get them that often if they do get them.

  • Um, and if they come, that's usually what they do in the next pretty light.

  • Um, was it like that your whole career?

  • It was pretty much like that my whole career.

  • I mean, uh huh, yeah, coming into San Antonio.

  • Those guys being there for, you know, the with 13 years before me, I believe 10 and 13.

  • So saying that Coach, So they pretty much know knew the ins and outs of the offense and the defense.

  • So you just have to jump on board.

  • And, you know, when you practice, go home just pretty much since I've been playing, probably.

  • I have to let you just playing with those Hall of Fame players.

  • So in the coach, they already knew that how they wanted to win or, you know, I knew the league already.

  • So no, we didn't practice too much, but on our days we went hard.

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