Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 at 12:14 pm  |  6 responses

The 19th Hole

Golfing genius Tiger Woods talks about the sport he loves to watch when he gets off the course.

by Kyle Stack / @KyleStack

To hear Tiger Woods, one of the world’s best athletes, admit he can’t throw down is sort of surprising, even if Woods’ game of choice is slightly less athletic than hoops. But while the 6-1 golf master might not be able to dunk, he can discuss bball with the best of them. As Woods geared up for a busy golf season by promoting his video game, EA Sports’ Tiger Woods 13, he took a few minutes to talk his favorite team and love for the game.

SLAM: I’ve always been confused: Are you an Orlando Magic fan or an L.A. Lakers fan?

Tiger Woods: Laker fan, die-hard Laker fan, that’s it. There’s only one team in the world.

SLAM: Can L.A. be a Clippers town?

TW: No, never. Never. Never. Ever.

SLAM: Fair enough.

TW: Never, ever.

SLAM: Do you want to make that more clear?

TW: Never, ever? Never, ever.

SLAM: [Laughs] I saw on Twitter that you had a picture with Alonzo Mourning. You wrote that you would “shoot the 3 and play no D.”

TW: [Smiles] That’s it.

SLAM: Is that your basketball style?

TW: When you’re playing against him, a 7-footer, I’m not going inside.

SLAM: OK, is that how you play? Shoot the 3?

TW: Against him? Yes. Against my guys, who I can usually jump over, then I’ll take them down.

SLAM: Can you dunk?

TW: I can grab the rim. That’s it. I’ve never been able to dunk. I can always get a tennis ball or a baseball over it, but I can’t palm a basketball.

SLAM: You’ve never been able to dunk, even two-handed?

TW: Nope, never had one.

SLAM: How often do you watch basketball?

TW: All the time. I absolutely love it.

SLAM: How many games per week? Are we talking, like, 10?

TW: Uhhh, never a whole game. But I’m guessing 10 would be on the minimum side.

SLAM: Do you get to play very much?

TW: No, I never play.

SLAM: Do you talk to Stanford guys like Landry [Fields], the Lopez brothers, [Josh] Childress?

TW: No, they’re not my generation of guys. They were well after me.

SLAM: Do you talk to [former Stanford QB and recent NFL draft pick] Andrew Luck?

TW: I don’t; I saw him at the game—the Fiesta Bowl. It’s the first time I actually met him. And I was part of the quarterback session prior to the game and had to go over what plays he wanted to call, what plays he feels comfortable with, that whole scenario. It’s amazing how complex it is. His memory is phenomenal.

SLAM: He’s a ridiculously smart guy.

TW: Well, he is in general, he’s phenomenal. The physical talent that he is but also his mental acuity for the game. He picks up things so fast. I think that’s one of the reasons why everyone is so excited about him being equated to a Peyton Manning, in the sense of how he can manage the game. Whereas some guys improvise more, he just understands reading defenses, but at the college level. It’ll obviously be different when he makes the transition to the NFL.

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I would love to see someone bring SLAM 159 to a golf tournament (say, The Memorial this weekend, which Tiger is playing in) and ask Tiger to sign it. Worlds colliding!

  • Sxxmi

    What an incredibly boring interview. That must have been hard to conduct!

  • Ronnie

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say this interview is completely made up

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Guess you guys have never seen Tiger interviewed before.

  • http://slamonline.com KDub503

    Man, I sometimes forget this dude Tiger went to Stanford and talks like he does especially after that fiasco involving numerous ‘holes’. I know he’s a golfer but words like acuity I don’t see every day.

  • Ronnie

    Benny – Been watching and playing golf most of my adult life, I have seen most every interview Tiger has ever done. He spoke more freely after his repeated losses (or non-wins) than he did here. Maybe he was walking along side a guy who bugged the crap out of him on his way to the practice green, but as far as a sit down interview goes??? Nope. Didn’t happen. My suggestion to SLAM is, leave Tiger alone. The first 4-5 questions let us know that isn’t how he speaks to a reporter in an actual interview, and the rest of the questions let us know that the interviewer had no business coming up with his own questions. Pathetic. SLAM has fallen off SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much from its early days. We all miss the old SLAM, this crap is absolutely ridiculous.