Basketball: 20 Questions with Jamal Boykin

Here’s our second installment of 20 Questions with a Cal player.


Year: Senior
Position: Power forward
Height: 6-8
Hometown: Los Angeles

Your five-man Dream Team, including yourself in the lineup: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at center, me at power forward, LeBron James at the 3, Michael Jordan at the 2 and Jason Kidd at the point.

Age when you first dunked: I was in the seventh grade. I was 12 years old. I did it in front of my house and I remember going inside and telling my brother, `You have to come out. I can dunk now.’

How tall you really are, if the doctor measured you barefoot: 6-7

How many pairs of basketball shoes you own: Rough estimate: 15.

Coolest place you’ve been to play basketball: Madison Square Garden

Unusual place you’ve never been that you’d love to visit: I would love to visit Mars. Or maybe the moon or someplace in space.

If you could be an Olympic athlete, other than basketball, your sport/event: I’d want to be the fastest man in the world.

The sport you refuse to watch: Professional wrestling

The actor who plays you in the movie version of your life: Will Smith

Actress who plays the lead opposite you: Paula Patton. She’s on the rise right now. She was just in the movie, “Precious.”

Best concert you ever saw: Cold Play

Least favorite kind of music: Techno

Best advice you ever got: You can’t drive forward looking in your rear-view mirror

Favorite meal your mother cooks: My dad’s the cook in the house. He makes home-made lasagne, and I’m a huge fan of that.

Food you will not eat: I was talking to Bak the other day and he said he had some zebra. I would not eat zebra. And I don’t eat at McDonald’s ever since I saw `Super Size Me.’

Three people in history you’d like to have dinner with: Jesus, Malcolm X and Barack Obama

The smartest guy on the Cal team: I’m going to say I am the smartest man on the Cal basketball team.

The funniest: Markhuri Sanders-Frison

The best athlete: Patrick Christopher

The best looking: It would have to be me.

Jeff Faraudo

  • uh oh

    I don’t know about best looking, but I’ll agree with smartest. And it’s a tie between Jamal and Boykin as my favorite Bears.
    Nice answers to ‘place to visit’, ‘actress’ (picks an up and comer and not a commonplace, no to “McD” and techno, and ‘advice’. A wise man, no doubt led by his father, who stays in the kitchen instead of elsewhere. Now then, back to that question, how can any young man answer that any other man is ‘good looking’. Bad question. I don’t think you can do that until you’re at least 30.

    Jamal has impressed with his steady and consistent play on the court, and now I like his head even more. That year he sat on the bench per transfer rules, and slapped everyone’s fanny and yelled and screamed enthusiastically, now I understand he simply had no outlet for his basketball focus. You’re alright, Jamal. I’d hire you at my firm!