Q: Why do you blow on your hands so much throughout the game? What's that about?
A: I always have a little bit of lotion on my hands so it's kind of just trying to heat them up and get them moist so I can get a great feel for the game and a great feel for the ball; then I pick up confidence in my play instead of my hands being slick and slippery.
Q: Have you always done that?
A: Yeah, it's always been a thing I do. Whenever I blow them I can feel the moisture. I do it in practice. I do it everywhere. I'm just trying to find a little bit of sweat or some way to get my hands moist.
Q: How does it help you?
A: I believe it's become almost like a ritual. It feels good. It warms my hands up, and it helps me with my control and just my confidence that I have control over the ball rather than bringing the ball up and it feeling slick in my hands and just being worried.
Q: One other thing you do with your hands is keep your off hand up when you're dribbling. What's up with that?
A: I don't know where it came from. Just probably from playing with my older brothers and them trying to push me around. Just trying to protect the ball and trying to make sure I'm always ready just in case somebody does try to get in there and take the ball then I can whack their hand off. Or I can kind of force myself to the basket by maybe grabbing their arm and pulling myself through.
Q: It never seems to come down.
A: Yeah, I don't know why. It's just not relaxing at all.
By Darnell Mayberry