Sept. 19, 2012
Eric Musselman has been a professional head coach for more than 750 games. So who is the best practice player he has ever been around? What about a moment in Sun Devil history he wishes he could have witnessed? That and more are below as he answers some questions regarding hoops and many other things...
MLB players pick a song to play on the PA system when they step up to the plate. You are a MLB player. What song is playing as you dig into the batter's box? Don't Stop Believing by Journey.
A movie you have watched more than once and will watch again...Hoosiers.
Past Sun Devil athlete you wish you could have watched compete...Barry Bonds.
The best practice player you have ever coached...Keith Smart.
The worst practice player you have ever coached who always was ready on game day...Cliff Robinson.
Who's your favorite singer? Beyonce
Are you a good dancer? When is the last time you danced? Yes, last year with my wife Danyelle who is a better dance than me.
What is one of your favorite quotes and why? Vince Lombardi said "If you really want something , you can have it if you're willing to pay the price. And the price means you have to work better and harder than the next guy."
What chore do you absolutely hate doing? yard work.
What is your favorite form of exercise? weight lifting.
If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? 30.
Who has been the biggest influence on your professional career? Chuck Daly.
If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be? Muhammad Ali fight.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Wind surfing.
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Vince Lombardi.
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? with family.
What did you do growing up that got you into trouble? fist fights.
What is something you learned in the last week? How different living in Arizona is from living in California.
What story does your family always tell about you? When I dribbled at halftime of one of my dad's games when I was five.
Would you rather see a movie at the theater or at home on DVD? Why? Theater because my wife and I like to get out of the house.
What's your favorite TV show of all time and why? Hard Knocks interesting to see inside a NFL team.
If you were a character on a TV show, which one would you be? A detective from Law and Order SVU.
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would they title it? I hate losing: The Eric Musselman Story.
What are your hobbies? Working out, spending time with family.
Name one thing about yourself that most people don't know...love the beach.
Favorite commercial...Doritos commercials.
When I arrived at Arizona State, I had no idea...how great the Weatherup Center is.
Sun Devil "story" that just makes you go `wow'...story of Anthony Robles.
Last year at this time I had no idea...I would be coaching college basketball.
Job where you learned the most from the experience? Orlando Magic working for Chuck Daly.
If you could pick five people to rewrite the Declaration of Independence (living or passed) who would they be? Abraham Lincoln, FDR, Colin Powell, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr.
If you could live during any time period what/where would it be and why? During the Revolutionary War because it would be interesting to see how this country was formed.
Where is the most interesting vacation spot that you have visited? Beaches of Venezuela.
What was the single-biggest challenge of your professional life to date? Following in the foot steps of a great coach like Rick Adelman.
What goes on my pizza...mushrooms and jalapenos.
My breakfast consists of...protein bar.
I am out of bed at (time) and out the door by (time)...up at 6 and out the door by 6:16
Favorite pro athlete you have been around...Dave Winfield.
Most underrated coach you have been around...Mike Fratello.
Past Sun Devil game/event you wish you would have been there live to see...football win against Nebraska during Rose Bowl season.
I wish the President of the United States had (time) years instead of four because...10 to create more stability in the country.
What I know now that I wish I knew in college...that college eventually ends.
What I knew in college that I still refer to today...how to work hard.
Typically, I am in bed and lights are out at...11.
Last book I read...Pistol by Pistol Pete Maravich.
Last movie I saw...Dark Knight Rises.
Last non-sporting event I went to...Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour - Cirque du Soleil
What I listen to on the way to work...Fox Sports Satellite Radio.
The most played song on my Ipod is...some Rihanna song.
My favorite month...November.
Something I have not done, but I will...travel to Australia.
What is your favorite holiday and why? Christmas, one time you can count on family being together.
What three words would you use to describe yourself? Intense, competitive, and energetic.
If you could be on any game show which would you choose? Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
What is your best childhood memory? Going to Yankee stadium to watch Dodgers beat Yankees World Series with my dad and cousin Goose.