Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Updated: June 6, 10:17 AM ET
RM What position would you play if you played baseball?
RM You'd be a shortstop? Do you have good hands?
TC: Yeah, and it's a dope position. That, or pitching. Man, I've seen Randy Johnson.
RM How tall are you?
RM You'd be the tallest shortstop ever.
RM What do you miss most about LA when you're in New Orleans?
TC: The weather. And having everything be familiar to me.
RM Do you ever run into Lil Wayne down there?
TC: He used to come to all the games; he loves the Hornets. But he's in Miami now.
RM Yeah. He's a big-time sports fan. At least, that what he says in his rhymes.
RM Is Shaq the most physical guy you've played against?
TC: Shaq and Dwight Howard. Dwight is ridiculously strong. He's a freak of nature.
RM He's young, too. You're going to be guarding him for a while.
TC: Exactly. I hope he slows up, but he just gets bigger and stronger each year. After I watch him at USA Basketball practices, I just get mad and go to the other end.
TC: Hey, I have a question: How does baseball work? Do you guys get days off?
RM We do, but whenever they give me a day off, I battle with the manager. Baseball itself isn't tough, but it wears you down. I got to be smarter about it.
TC: I got huge respect for you all. You guys play a hundred and what & ?
RM We play 162 games. But are you kidding me? Dude, running up and down the court all night? I can't do that. I'm telling you right now, I'm not in that kind of shape.
RM What kind of pranks do you guys pull on rookies?
TC: We made Julian Wright sing at a charity event. And we made him dance on cue.
RM Last season they made us dress up. I had to be Nacho Libre. I painted on
a little mustache and everything. It was awesome.
RM What's your favorite city to play in?
TC: I like the big cities. There's a different vibe in them. I used to play in Chicago,
so I know those fans are crazy.
RM Yeah, Wrigley is amazing. The fans get into it. It becomes a huge bar where people drink and have a good time.
TC: They know the sport, too.
RM They're the best at ragging on people. I'll be on deck and they're talking about whatever. They know everything about us.
TC: You guys actually spend four days in a city. We go in and leave the same night.
RM But you guys get your own planes.
TC: Yeah, yeah. Does the media travel with you all?
RM Some do. We'll get 60 people on a plane. We can stretch out, but we're not alone.
TC: You're going to have to work that out in your next deal.