My chat with NBA legend AC Green was brief as a hiccup. Reason? I Was Late. I know, I know, in the media industry, people who diss punctuality should be guillotined. But I’ve changed. It was just the horrendous traffic that got in the way. “Hello, AC,” I told the LA Lakers star as we finally shook hands, “We’ve got five minutes to save the world.” “I’m with you, brother,” he replied in agreement.
“Sportsmanship is cool and it’s important to look at teamwork with a positive attitude. You respect your fellow teammate and you’re respecting yourself.” [AC Green]
The 6’9″ American, who’s in Manila for the fifth time, has never been more thrilled to be back.
“I like seeing the growth. I mean, the city’s just blossoming,” he said. “I’m loving it… Always, always.”
And so the real interview started. AC told me he had flown to the Philippines to coach trainees who were under the Jr. NBA National Training Camp. The Camp, meanwhile, holds annual events aimed to nurture aspiring basketball players across the country.
AC and I then talked mainly on sports values and how he fell in love with basketball.
AC’s interest in playing hoops started when he was about seven years-old. And of course, the rest of history.
Little did AC know that he will be picked in the NBA Draft in 1985. Aside from the Lakers, AC also played for the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat. And in each team he had played with, AC was considered a big gun.
See, AC Green was my first interviewee who’s really a BIG star. Given that I didn’t even know him at first (Hello, NBA losarr me).
AC was nice, more than nice. Later on, I heard he was also religious.
Well, anyway, like I said: The interview was really short. I was the last among the press people who got to talk to him. It was momentous though, it was momentous.