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  • - Alright this is a question

  • we kinda ask everybody that we have,

  • every guest that we have on the show.

  • And the question is when you got to the league,

  • who was the first person

  • to bust your ass like this is the level.

  • Like this is the highest level to go.

  • - Man my first game was against Melo and AI.

  • But I had to guard Melo.

  • I was 19,

  • he probably what? 24.

  • - It was Denver.

  • - 23.

  • - Yeah.

  • - And you know,

  • and I never played in that Denver altitude,

  • I didn't really know too much about.

  • And Melo was just physical.

  • He just was,

  • he would duck you in the paint,

  • hit you with the shoulder.

  • And then he'll take you out.

  • Jab, jab, pull over top of you so you can't.

  • You wanna be physical but you don't.

  • He was just have you thinking too much on D.

  • We had a back to back that night,

  • I got on the plane confused.

  • (laughter)

  • ("Going Bad" by Meek Mill featuring Drake)

  • - Never stop. Never settle.

  • - I wanna talk to you about like growing up,

  • know what I'm saying in the Maryland, D.C.,

  • that whole DMV area.

  • Like I know like high school and ball growing up,

  • it was at a high level out there.

  • Y'all had a lot of dudes, know what I'm saying.

  • Like talk about some of the dudes you grew up playing with

  • that was like some of them dudes that was boys.

  • I know Beas is a dude that you grew up playing,

  • man I played with him my one year in Miami.

  • So I know he's a walking bucket.

  • Y'all got one of the cities

  • and one of the areas that's like you know,

  • well respected as far as like the people y'all then put out.

  • Just talk about some of the people

  • you grew up playing against.

  • - Let me go back far to like Washington.

  • Guys like,

  • I came out of Washington like Keith Bogans and.

  • - [Quentin] Forte?

  • - Yeah Joseph Forte, and then Steve Francis,

  • and then Demar Johnson.

  • All those dudes you kinda like grew up watching,

  • and they make it in a McDonald's game,

  • and make it into the league.

  • And then you playing against them.

  • And when you playing rec ball,

  • and you see one or two dudes that's just as good as you,

  • that one dude for me was Mike Beasley.

  • How crazy was that?

  • And then as I got older in eighth grade,

  • Ty Lawson I seen him for the first time.

  • And that was just like another experience to see somebody

  • that fast and that good at basketball at that age.

  • Cause like you're so sheltered.

  • Then you were seeing so many dudes

  • just go to nice high schools,

  • and then head to college and I'm like man,

  • I didn't realize how much talent we had

  • in the area until I got older.

  • And that just molded me into who I was.

  • Cause every night we was playing in high school

  • was against dudes that were either going to D1 schools

  • or like young dudes coming up,

  • so it was good competition.

  • Yeah man that's when the internet

  • was really just poppin' off really,

  • so we was just jumping on all of those sites.

  • And you know,

  • you wanted to see how you stacked up against the players

  • in your neighborhood and hopefully once you got out

  • and got some exposure in the country.

  • So you was hearing about so many players,

  • 6'9", 240.

  • You like, what does that even look like?

  • You know 6'4" point guard, 195.

  • I'm like I've never seen this before.

  • So like your imagination was just kind of running wild

  • and then I was chasing the NBA life.

  • I just wanted to see what that was about.

  • And then seeing all the young players

  • coming out of high school and playing in the NBA,

  • it was just perfect for me at that time,

  • because it was not too much basketball,

  • but it was just enough.

  • You know what I'm saying?

  • I was able to still go outside and play

  • and still catch up on everything in the NBA.

  • You know what I mean?

  • That was cool.

  • - Demar Johnson was a crazy. Like crazy.

  • - For real like me and him,

  • like I met him at ABCD.

  • Me and him played on the same team together.

  • And he didn't even realize he was ranked.

  • Like that's what was crazy.

  • I remember we sitting there one day,

  • we looking at the rankings

  • and I'm like yo, what's your name?

  • What grade?

  • We're going over each others names.

  • And he's like yeah, says his name,

  • I'm looking,

  • I'm going through.

  • I said man, bro you number one.

  • Like you don't know?

  • He's like nah, I didn't even know.

  • I'm like man,

  • that's back when he really was

  • crossover, crossover, bang on you.

  • Like throw on you.

  • Shoot the three, like everything.

  • - He was saying he could come out after his junior year.

  • - [Darius] He could of went straight out of high school.

  • - [Quentin] They were telling him to leave after junior year

  • and everything.

  • I remember that.

  • - He could have went straight out of high school,

  • I couldn't believe he went to college.

  • - He did one year at Cincinnati, right?

  • - Yup.

  • - And then we was in the same draft.

  • All of us.

  • - Kenyon, Kenny Saddlefield.

  • - He was pretty good though.

  • - It was a problem.

  • - It was the deal. If Kenyon wouldn't have got hurt.

  • - Oh Kenyon broke his leg.

  • - That was the deal.

  • - Yeah that was tough.

  • - Kenyon Player of the Year, like they was running it.

  • - So what other players,

  • influenced you being like a tall,

  • you know what I'm saying 6'9", about seven feet type dude,

  • that's like shooting jumpers,

  • handling the ball as well as you do

  • and doing all the things.

  • Like basically being a two guard

  • in a seven foot, 6'11" frame.

  • Like name some of the guys.

  • I mean I heard you say some of the guys.

  • I heard you mention him before.

  • And I've always said that I looked at you

  • as like D Miles 2.0.

  • Like when D Miles hit the scene,

  • it was like what's going on.

  • This boy is 6'9" out here,

  • bap, bap, bang.

  • - Dunking on everybody.

  • - But I'm talking about really had

  • the right to left crossover that was moving.

  • - All that shooting a J, fades, all that, yeah.

  • - And was like banging that thing and like then you came,

  • and D Miles was like a I don't know,

  • like Ray Allen or Rashard type three.

  • You know what I'm saying,

  • the one thing that he was missing was like his jumper

  • and all of that and then you come in,

  • you know the 50, 90 whatever everybody says type dude.

  • - Yeah you just build on

  • what all those dudes you watch coming up.

  • Man I was just,

  • I had an opportunity to.

  • DJ like,

  • man he didn't have to but he took me under his wing

  • as I was coming up from like as a high school kid,

  • just always following him to the gym.