Get to Know: Derrick Favors
From David Locke’s “Get to Know” series with Jazz players.
First team ever played on: Rec ball team in Atlanta.
First buzzer beater: Never hit one in a game.
First dunk: Seventh grade after PE class. “Everybody got excited.”
First pair of basketball shoes: AND1s.
First time you ever saw yourself on TV: High school; highlights from a national tournament.
First nickname: Slim; Big Slim.
First car ever driven: ’96 Impala.
First CD: Lil Wayne’s first CD.
First day off in Utah: Sleep.
First jersey owned: Houston Oilers, Earl Campbell.
First autograph: Chris Paul magazine cover when Paul was at Wake Forest; waited in line for the autograph.
First big purchase: House for mom.
First time you ever got in trouble as a kid: Second grade for fighting and cussing.
First pet: Pit bull named Gotti (got him last year).
First kiss: Fifth or sixh grade during a game of Spin the Bottle. “I got lucky. I got a kiss from a girl. I was happy.”
Best game ever played: Junior year of high school. 40+ points, 20+ rebounds, 15 blocks at a national tournament.
Worst game ever played: An AAU game on a day when they played five games in one day.
Best athlete ever: Deion Sanders.
Best meal ever: Sunday after church, grandma’s cooking.
Hardest workout ever: Working out with Xavier McDaniel.
Most famous person ever met: Bill Russell.
Earliest you ever woke up to work out: 4 a.m.
Latest you’ve ever studied for a test: 8 o’clock.
Best friend in the league: No BFFs but closest friends in the league are college teammates Gani Lawal and Iman Shumpert.
Best movie ever: Godfather.
Best TV show ever: Martin, by far.
Dinner with three people, dead or alive: Sanaa Lathan. “Imma have to go with Sanaa Lathan the whole time…Just me and her, man. And my girlfriend know this too. I told her, I said, ‘Man, if we go out one night and I see Sanaa Lathan, you know, you gon have to be mad at me. ‘Cause I’m going over there, I’m saying something to her.’”
When asked this question last year, Favors also said Sanaa Lathan but he also picked two other people lol.
Last sport played besides basketball: Football.
Last vacation: Orlando.
Last item bought: Shirt.
Last music downloaded: Tribe Called Quest.
Last bad grade: Senior year of high school.
Last good grade: College.
Last time you were scared: I’m not easily scared.
Last time you were incredibly happy: Vacation in Orlando.
Last time you cried: When my grandma passed.
Reason for jersey number: No. 34 (high school number) wasn’t available in New Jersey (Devin Harris) so he picked No. 14 (college number). Neither No. 34 nor No. 14 was available in Utah (C.J. Miles and Jeff Hornacek, respectively), so he picked No. 15.
If you could come back as any NBA player: Wilt Chamberlain.