With College Basketball and the NBA underway, we figured we might as well have an interview with someone who is, and has been, a bonafide superstar on both levels. We also figured if there was said superstar who also happens to send out his love of Original Retro Brand on Twitter @jrich23, that we’d REALLY like to interview him. Well that person happens to be Michigan State alum, and current Phoenix Suns standout, Jason Richardson….
Andy: You’ve won a National Championship while at Michigan State (2000), you were the 5th round draft pick overall in the NBA (2001), made the All-Rookie team, and won Back-to-back Slam Dunk Championships (some guy named Jordan and more recently Nate Robinson are the only others in history to accomplish that feat) to name a few of your accomplishments. Do any of these stand out as more meaningful to you than the others and why?
Jason: Winning a championship on any level is always the goal, and while all of those experiences were memorable, nothing compares to winning the National Championship with Coach Tom Izzo. This is what you work so hard for all of your life, and to be able to fulfill that goal has definitely been the most meaningful to me.
Andy: Did you think about the guys that came before you at all when you stepped on the court at Michigan State to play for the first time (Magic Johnson, Scott Skiles, Steve Smith)?
Jason: Oh, absolutely. It was truly an honor to play on the same court as the guys who paved the way for you. Definitely the players you mentioned, and the guys I played with like Charlie Bell and Mateen Cleeves. I could not have achieved the level of success I did without them.
Andy: Sometimes I’ll be watching a very dominant college team in any sport, and think they could beat many pro teams. Do you feel your National Championship group from 2000 could whoop it up on some of the worst NBA teams?
Jason: While you’re playing on such great teams in college, you definitely think you cannot be beat, but even then you kind of knew the NBA was on such a higher level. So, no, even as good as we were, we couldn’t compete with any NBA team.
Andy: It’s not in your near future, but do you have any plans for when you retire from the NBA like coaching, sportscasting, or acting?
Jason: I especially love working with young kids & High School kids, so coaching is something I am very interested in pursuing after my playing days.
Andy: What is it you love so much about the Original Retro Brand?
Jason: I really love the way they feel. The fabric is very soft and the shirts fit perfectly. It also has that Michigan State throwback look. I also really like that you can wear with jeans and still feel like your dressed up.
The Original Retro Brand thanks Jason for his time today, and REALLY thanks him for his RIDICULOUS DUNKS THAT NOBODY CAN COME CLOSE TO!! Good luck to you and the Phoenix Suns this year, Jason!!
You can stay informed with all that is Jason Richardson, by becoming a Fan on his Facebook page and following him on Twitter. We also urge you to give generously to the Jason Richardson Foundation. Here is the Mission Statement: The Jason Richardson Foundation is committed to effectuating change in the lives of youth around the world. We are focused on making an impact on social issues that affect today’s youth such as fatherlessness, disparities in education, and negative self images that plague the minds of our youth. We will work tirelessly to protect the world’s greatest commodity, its youth.
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