Below is the beginning of an occasional series that features a Lakers player or official answering five questions on matters both on and off the court. The first subject: Lakers forward/center Jordan Hill
How many tattoos do you have?
Too many to count. It’s in the 50’s or 40’s. I don’t have a favorite one. They’re all my favorites. Most of them are about my family, kids, basketball, God and where I’m from. I got my first one when I was 16 with a basketball and my mom’s name on it that says “In Loving Memory. Doing it for You.” I then waited before I got more. I didn’t have a lot of money. So I started doing a little extra. I got them in high school sporadically. Once I got in the NBA, I got some every week.
I hear you’re really into video games, now?
I’m getting into it. Last year, when I got hurt with my hip and I couldn’t do anything, I started playing video games more. I played a lot of “Call of Duty.” I play random fans online on PS3/PS4. I’m pretty good now. When I first started and I got hurt, I became an expert. The game is definitely hard. The guys I play against shoot you real good. They’re on it every day. When I was on the injured list, I stayed on that game.
So I see you and Steve Blake are actually in the movie 8 Mile? (Twitter doppelganger’s tie Blake to “B Rabbit” played by Eminem and Hill to David Porter played by Mekhi Phifer)
(laughs) People say we’re a part of that. The fans tweeted it to us. I thought it was funny. They got us with that one.
What do you remember about April 22, 2012 when former Lakers coach Mike Brown just threw you into the game for the first time? [Hill finished 14 points and 15 rebounds in the team’s double overtime win over Oklahoma City]
(laughs) He told me he was going to put me so that I should be ready. We had lost to San Antonio a few days before and he told me then. It wasn’t bad. I just had to be ready. If he’s going to put me in, that means whatever he had out there wasn’t really working. He was trying to find a new weapon that could bring energy. I wasn’t really surprised. I knew my opportunity was going to come with him because how I was doing in practice when I first got here. I knew if I kept on doing what I was doing in practice, it would work out.
Do you ever think how the rest of your Lakers career would’ve turned out if Mike didn’t give you that chance?
Not really. I know I can hoop and ball. I just had to get the opportunity to get out there and showcase it. I was dedicated to the game. Mike Brown hadn’t seen me play when I was with the Rockets. But we weren’t a mainstream team. You have to be on TV to do that. So he didn’t get to see me play. So I understand. I just had to keep going hard.
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