Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 at 5:57 pm  |  20 responses

The Real Deal

David West works hard and doesn’t play.

Who were your favorite players when you were younger and starting to get into basketball?
David Robinson, Magic Johnson, they were the main guys, and then Tim Duncan. David Robinson, I like the way he played. He was always a winner. Despite what a lot of critics said about the way he played, he was always a winner.

Are there any old-school players whom you model your game after?
Not really, but I look to Magic just because he was a guy with size who could do a whole lot of things. That’s probably the guy, if there was one, a particular player who I saw that made me think I could do that. He was someone who made me think about doing more than one or two things on the basketball court.

How has life been as a pro so far? Harder than you thought? Easier?
You make it how you want to make it. I think some guys make it difficult on themselves. I just kind of let things happen. I don’t go around trying to be caught up in it, making sure everybody knows that I’m in the league, I’m not like that at all. You can have a really normal life if you want it.

Are you a sneaker fan?
Growing up, I wasn’t a big sneaker guy. I played in mainly what my mama could afford. That was basically it. In school, I think I wore the team Nikes. I think they were the first pair of Nikes I got, in like 7th or 8th grade. The whole team had the same shoes.

What about the shoes you wear in games now…are you very particular about the style of shoe, the design, the colorways?
You know, I’m just grateful these days. I remember when I didn’t have a lot of options, and now I have more than a few. Last season I wore the Zooms. I don’t pay much attention to the names, as long as it feels good. As long as it’s comfortable, I’m good. The way I see it, when you finish playing in a pair for a few times, if it’s not hurting your feet, it’s good. You can tell right away whether or not new shoes will be comfortable. If not, you take ’em off and put ’em back in the box.

What do you think of the future of your team? Where do you see you guys heading this season?
We understand what it takes. We have a pretty good idea of the type of basketball we need to play in order to have that type of success again. Last season, we knew that if we did that night in and night out, we knew we’d get good results. This summer, I’ll keep working out and relaxing, just waiting for the new season.

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  • http://sportcetera.blogspot.com/ LeoneL

    Classy guy. Wish more players in the NBA are as classy as David West and Shareef.

  • Bostwik

    i liek shoes

  • Krishan

    How tall is west again? when he’s standing alone like that, without anyone to contrast his height again, he looks like a point guard more than a 4.

  • Krishan

    *the second “again” should be “against”

  • http://www.ejkiewicz.com/presentation_hornets/9/1600x1200.jpg Dariusz Ejkiewicz

    Dwest is always so humble in those interviews and then he turns into a beast on the court. He is the core of the Hornets team for the years to come and it’s a great feeling knowing that this squad is run by the players like Dwest and CP3. GEAUX HORNETS!

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Wow, looks so much younger with the hair. Cool. Still, the Dirk “lovetap”? Let’s not see that happening again, mmmkay? (oh, and Khalid? don’t go there)

  • http://hornetshype.com ticktock6

    I thought that too– that with hair he looks a lot younger!

    He’s listed as 6-9, 240 by the way, for whoever asked.

  • Kadavour

    He’s certainly well grounded and i just became a bigger fan of his.

  • B. Long

    David West is an old school cat. I like his style.

  • john

    he look different with the hair now

  • john

    i like that nike jacket he wearing

  • http://www.nba.com iLL wiLL

    Didn’t recognize him with hair. DWest keepin it classy as usual.

  • bp

    He was a classless whiner in college, glad to see he grew up.

  • bp forgot to prove his case

    bp – pretty easy to make a mostly annonymous comment, not back it up by facts, and then take off. I admit he had a rep for whining somewhat in college, though I can’t prove whether or not it was true. However, I would be interested is seeing examples of him being classless. Could you provide those for me, please?

  • X Men

    That’s just par for the course with DWest. Low key, do your work, deflect attention. Hell, the guy married a girl that didn’t even know he was a basketball player when they first met. Class act and great representation of what Xavier basketball is today.

  • http://www.musketeerblogosphere.com ledgewood

    david is 6’9

  • http://mykal1.blogspot.com/ ♦MyKal♠

    I was trying to not get caught up in the DWest love-fest, but then I read the article. PS: The shoes he wore last year were sexy.

  • April Mac

    David West is freaking amazing!!! And he is so humble and a cutie. And he is growing his hair. Hornets are going all the way

  • KA

    stay classy david west!

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    He is from Raleigh. I have played at the court he is standing it! Raleigh STAND UP!