Collected Wisdom: Thabo Sefolosha, Thunder guard

The Thunder's Thabo Sefolosha is the only Swiss player ever drafted into the NBA. He grew up learning moves while watching videos of NBA players.
INTERVIEWED BY JOHN ROHDE Published: June 9, 2012
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(Being followed by a Swiss video journalist all season) The guy is OK. He's being careful not to ask for too much.

Basketball is small back home, but I'm happy when I go back. People tell me they follow the NBA because of me. Some said they became interested in the NBA because of what I'm doing. I really enjoy that and I'm proud of that.

(If I was 5-foot-7 instead of 6-foot-7) I would still be playing in the NBA [laughing]. It's all about heart.

Pursuing basketball was a no-brainer for me. I was pretty tall, but at the same time, coming from Switzerland. I would tell people I would love to play basketball my whole life and do it for a living. They were, "All right. Keep dreaming. You have to prepare yourself for something else."

All the guys in our locker room, we talk about a lot of different things. Everybody has an interesting background, so we can really talk about a whole lot of different things.

We talk a lot of music, politics every now and then. Art? Um, not so much.

Playing basketball was the obvious thing to do for me. I'm grateful to my parents for letting me pursue what I liked doing and going to France at a young age, but at the same time for me, it was a no-brainer. This was the natural next step for me to become what I wanted to become.

I'm under contract with the Thunder for two more years after this. I have not looked beyond that, actually. I'm just happy to be where I'm at today with this great organization, but at the same time it's a business, you know. I'll try to enjoy it as much as I can while I'm here and make the best out of it — for me and for the team.

If I wasn't playing basketball, I don't know, I would maybe like to be a schoolteacher — a history or geography teacher.

School did not come easily for me. No. No. No. The subjects that I liked, I did OK. I wanted to educate myself on specific things that I like. Mathematics and science and subjects like that, I wasn't good at all. School was tough. I had eight years of German, so I can speak a little German.

I thought about actually coming to the U.S. and going to college, but then I had that offer in France and decided to stay there. But, yeah, that was definitely something that was on my mind for a long time.



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