Primed on Tech
SLAMonline sits down with the streetball and tech guru, Prime Objective.
by Drey Wingate / @ProStatus85
For the longest time I wasn’t able to find other ball players who were just as technically inclined as I am. I stay switching phones, computers, MP3 players, basically any gadget you can think of. If it’s out, I’ve tried it. If it’s coming out, I’m going to get it. I’m usually the one informing my teammates and colleagues about what’s new on the market and I felt as if I was “that guy” to go to. That was until I ran into Lonnie Harrell.
Known to the basketball world as “Prime Objective,” “L-Train” and because of his consistent on-point jumper, the “DC Sniper.” You may know him mostly from the AND 1 Mixtape Tour, and have seen many of his highlight reels from Barry Farms, the Goodman League, Rucker Park, and many other courts across the country.
Standing at 6-8, he is known as a prolific scorer, crazy handles for a big guard, and a bank shot that can really piss you off if you’re playing defense. If you follow Prime on Twitter (@PrimeObjective) then you know he is always tweeting from a different type of Twitter application. It makes you wonder just how many phones this guy actually has on him at one time. Prime is a true social networking junkie and a pure tech geek.
If I need to know about anything new, as far as websites and other products, all it takes is a simple phone call, tweet, text, email to the homie P.O. and I got all the info I need. L found some time in his crazy schedule to do a little Q + A with me about his tech products of choice, his views on the game, and what he has been doing since streetball.
SLAM: I know you have a lot of projects you’re working on at the moment, including your basketball clinic, how is that going along with everything else?
Prime Objective: The Basketball Camp is very time consuming. You have to really love it to do it. It’s a lot of patience because you are teaching kids who do not understand commitment yet. At the same time you have to keep it fun so they want to learn. We have more than tripled our enrollment in the first month so it’s definitely progress there.
SLAM: You’re a very blunt dude. You voice opinion very often about how much the game has changed and the politics involved. What is it that disappoints you the most?
PO: It’s not that it disappoints me, it’s just that skill and fundamentals have been replaced with athletic talent.
SLAM: Which device or devices are you feeling the most right now and why?
PO: I’m feeling any and all things Android! Google, Google, Google! You can’t go wrong.
SLAM: Who do you consider the best player in this era and why?
PO: Kobe Bryant, he is the best because he understands that when being quicker and faster isn’t to your advantage that you take it back to the basics. He still competes at a very high level and is the best player in the League.
SLAM: Do you prefer Mac products or Microsoft, and what is your favorite of both?
PO: I prefer PCs. Macs are selfish and only work with Mac Products. You have to buy a lot of add ons that cost the price of the computer you just bought.
SLAM: How often do you change phones?
PO: I keep three or four phones. Got a blackberry bold, the second iPhone, and two Droids.
SLAM: In your opinion what is the best gadget out right now?
PO: Laptop: The Samsung Series 9. And Cell: The Nexus S.
SLAM: What devices do you need to have when you travel?
PO: Phones, Pad and laptop.
SLAM: What is your music rotation looking like right now? Who are you listening to?
PO: I’m down with my school. Late ‘80s early ‘90s helps me remember places and times in my life when I was grinding trying to get where I am today.
SLAM: What is that you look for before buying a new tech product?
PO: Samsung and Google!