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OUTTAKES

6/6/2008
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RM What position would you play if you played baseball?
TC: Shortstop.
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?
TC: 7'1".
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.