Never change, Derrick Favors.
This interview with Derrick Favors > *. Seriously though, I kind of love him an unhealthy amount right now. Tell me you don’t also.
** On his mom: Just like me. Laid-back, cool. She got her ways with her kids; she not gonna show it to y’all but she laid-back, cool, nice person.
** On his grandma: My grandma passed away last year right after the season. She wasn’t as strict as mom, but she was pretty strict in her own way. That’s how she raised me and my sister, and my little brother, and my cousins, everybody. Just be polite to people, and just do the right thing.
** Home alone at 9 p.m. What are you doing? If I’m not on the phone with one of my friends or girlfriend or whatever, I like to read stuff. I’m a big reader…stuff about the world. What’s going on in the world. Stuff like the newspaper, whatever. Just stuff that’s going on in the world.
** Who’s in your “circle of trust”? (Favors did not get the “Meet the Parents” reference. He asked if it was an old movie.) First person my mom…it was my grandma before she passed away. My sister. One of my AAU coaches. My high school coach. Uncles and aunties. Cousins. Pretty much family.
** How did you find out your dad was trying to get in contact with you? I think this is when I probably just declared for the draft or whatever, and I was at Georgia Tech and I went outside ’cause I was tired of being indoors, so I just went outside and just sit on the little stairs or whatever just outside chillin’.
And then my grandma calls me. She ask me how I’m doing or whatever, so I knew something was wrong. My grandma never called me and ask me crazy stuff like how I’m doing. She always call me, we always be on the phone joking or whatever. So I’m like, “What’s going on, ma?” I call her “ma.” So she tell me, she like, the guy who’s your father had called me or whatever, or left a message on her answering machine or whatever, and she was just calling me letting me know that.
I was in shock, ’cause I was like, my father? ‘Cause I never heard that before. That word, my father, I never heard that before. So I like, my father? So I called my mom, and me and her were talking about it, so I was like, oh well, whatever. …
Right after that, I think I called my girlfriend after that. I had a girlfriend. So we were talking, and that was it.
** Did you ever wonder about your father when you were young? Yeah, all the time…my situation, I didn’t even know who he was. So especially when I started playing basketball, like AAU, rec ball, all those guys’ fathers was with them. I was by myself the whole time. So we’ll go on trips, they have parents with them, but I didn’t have mine ’cause my mom had to work most of the time. I didn’t have a father, so I was just by myself.
** Cynical people would say he wants money… I didn’t really look at it that way. I really didn’t look at it like he’s coming back to get some money or something. I just looked at it like it just happened. It just life. [Have you talked to him?] I never talked to him. [Do you plan on it?] I’m pretty sure later on in life, whatever, it probaby happen, but I’m really not worried about it trying to rush things…If I ever meet him, I meet him. If I don’t, it’s all cool. I grew up 18 years without him, so it really don’t make a difference.
** More on mom: She been out [to Utah] New Year’s Eve. She stayed for the whole few games we played…everyday I talk to her she tell me she proud of me. She always tell me to keep a haircut ’cause she real big on haircuts. I can’t stand that, man. Sometimes I mess with her and not get a haircut for like a few weeks. That’s why my hair been all crazy. I just be messing with her…She always call me, tell me I need to get a haircut. “You need to get a haircut, you need to get a haircut.” That’s all she talk about.
Dear Derrick’s mom, Please adopt Andrei. Thanks.
** On the Jazz’s locker room: I told my sister the other day, I said sometimes you forget that these are grown men. You forget Raj 35, and Al 27, and Paul 26 and got kids. You forget that sometimes. You think we all 18, 19 years old, but they grown men. It was weird at first, but you get used to it.
** On the NBA lifestyle: The way I grew up, it’s not that bad to me ’cause I been around worse….so I already knew how to prepare myself for it, but I think the only thing that’ll probably get you in trouble for me is probably the women. Gotta protect yourself against women. But it’s not that hard for me.
“Gotta protect yourself against women. But it’s not that hard for me.” UDQM UDQM UDQM UDQM *dies*
** On today’s youth (though this was a throwaway comment while talking about growing up in Atlanta): Kids got video games nowadays. They don’t go outside as much.
** On defense: I know I can be a top defensive player in this league 'cause I take pride in my defense. I don’t really like people scoring on me. I don't like people having a good night on me. I don’t like people just having their way, so I don’t like that.
** On the past 15 months: I think I’m a more confident person [than one year ago]. My confidence level was low last year. The situation I was in, I kind of lost confidence in myself. I was like, man, I don’t know what happened between me leaving Georgia Tech and to this point. I don’t know what went wrong. My confidence level was low, but I think this year I’m more mature than what I was last year.
** On back in the day: People used to always scream like the NBA when I was in high school, when I was doing all this crazy stuff. They always used to scream, “NBA, NBA, NBA.” I was like, I’m not going no NBA. I don’t even know if I’m going to college…I wasn’t really into school like that to go to college. I was like, man, I’m not going to college. I’m probably just gonna play basketball and go get a 9-to-5…I didn’t think I was going to be in this position.
** On naysayers: I still remember all of them. I still remember all of them. All of them. Back in AAU days, when I’m playing rec ball, middle school, I still remember everybody who used to always doubt me. I still remember.
Here’s more on Derrick Favors and his father (mostly from the father’s point of view), for those that are curious.