HTV: What about the NBA do you talk to the young guys on the Vipers about?
SMUSH: I don't tell them about life in the NBA. I pretty much tell them about what it takes for them to get to the NBA - hard work, dedication and determination. Guys in the D-League have to fight through some adversity to get to the NBA level and that also takes discipline.
Oh, the irony. It's like Shaq educating fat people on proper nutrition...
Except, you still owed that lady $12...
HTV: In your pro hoops career, you've accomplished a tremendous amount. You've played in the NBA, in Europe and the D-League and you're a playground legend as well. A lot of guys with your resume would call it quits and coast. What keeps you going and pushes you to continue to grind it out every day?
SMUSH: It's the love for the game. Love for the game, man. Also it's a job. People sometimes see this as fun or as a sport, but they also have to understand that this is how I pay the bills. So you have to understand that I go into this with the attitude that I want to get better at my craft and I want to make more money in order to support myself and my family.