Today, in our weekly chat with a Cal player, we’re visiting with . . .
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
Your five-man Dream Team, including yourself in the lineup: Magic at the point, Jordan at the 2, Len Bias at the 3, me at the 4, Wilt Chamberlain at center.
Age when you first dunked: 14. It was the summer going to my freshman year and we were playing summer league. I got a steal, sprinted out coming down the lefthand side, and finished. I’ll never forget that day. All my teammates were hyped. I was going crazy. I didn’t even get back on defense.
How tall you really are, if the doctor measured you barefoot: 6-6 1/2
How many pairs of basketball shoes you own: 80 — I’m a shoe guy, too. I’m not like Pat (Christopher), but I’m definitely a shoe guy.
Coolest place you’ve been to play basketball: The Mall of America in Minnesota. We played there on an AAU trip at the University of Minnesota. It was crazy. We didn’t have enough time to go through half of the mall.
A place you’d love to visit: Brazil.
The most fun aspect of returning to your home state of Oregon this week: Playing in front of my family. My mom, besides the Golden Bear Classic, hasn’t seen me play since the 2006 (high school) season.
Growing up in Oregon — a Ducks fan or a Beavers fan? A Ducks fan growing up. I just liked the Ducks just because a couple players went there from my high school.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen so far since arriving in Berkeley? Everything in Berkeley, but two crazy things. First, I was in one of the cafeterias, walking down the hall and I saw all these huge posters roped off in the middle, all these pictures of abortions. Crazy, detailed pictures. They definitely got the point across. The other thing was these men dressed in orange jump suits like they were prisoners, chained up and sitting on their knees for hours. It was some sort of protest. It was crazy.
If you could be an Olympic athlete, other than basketball, your sport/event: It was sad to see that gentleman (from the Republic of Georgia) pass away, but (the luge) would be fun and scary at the same time. I would like to try a mini-course with a lot of padding.
The sport you refuse to watch: Baseball. I just can’t stand it. It’s too slow for me.
The actor who plays you in the movie version of your life: Everybody’s going to say Denzel, but that doesn’t fit me. Forrest Whitaker.
Actress who plays the lead opposite you: Halle Berry.
Best concert you ever saw: Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige, hands down. Saw it in 2007 at the Hollywood Bowl.
Favorite meal your mother cooks: Lasagne.
Secret guilty-pleasure food: Ice cream — just plan vanilla, no toppings. Just plain, soft-serve vanilla ice cream.
Three people in history you’d like to have dinner with: Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi and Jay-Z.
The smartest guy on the Cal team: Jamal Boykin
The funniest: Three-way tie — Jamal, Jerome and Pat.
The best athlete: Patrick Christopher, definitely.