This month’s Five Questions, One Drawing for Brooklyn Based is of Brooklyn Net Tornike “Toko” Shenegelia. See the full interview here.
Of course, I do equally enjoy all of these I’ve done now, whether it is John Hodgman, Emma Straub, or the couple who run Mile End, but it was extra cool getting to go the Barclays Center to interview Toko.
How cool was it?
Well let’s begin with the press pass. (Yes, it was for an older game, but it was just to get me into the practice.)
The whole thing was kind of like being a pretend sports reporter. I got to wait in their reporter room before going in. Looks crazy right?? (Out of frame: a few reporters playing YouTube videos of an Israeli Rap group and laughing.)
And then I got to wait outside of the practice court. (This was back during the NHL lockout so I got to hear lot’s of gossip. Something about Kovalchuck, but I forget now.)
And then I got stand behind all the real reporters and watch some practice. (Free throws, still not a given if you’re in the NBA apparently…)
Besides talking with Toko, the other perks included seeing how monstrously tall Brook Lopez is in person. And then also pretending to dunk on a basketball hoop in the garage.
In short, Rangers, Islanders, Devils, Knicks, Giants, Jets, Yankees, Mets, Cyclones, hit me up!