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Get to Know: Dante Exum

December 24, 2014
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From David Locke’s “Get to Know” series; recorded around September


Childhood snapshot: Wearing a snapback, three-quarter length jeans and a shirt, out with friends playing cricket, Australian football, soccer or basketball
Childhood room: Posters of Paul Pierce, North Carolina
Best Christmas present ever: PS3
Where did you play most of your basketball as a kid? Local junior club where dad coached
Best basketball moment ever: Winning the silver medal with my mates in the U-17 tournament
Worst basketball moment ever: Probably losing in overtime in the U-19 tournament and getting the bronze medal
Favorite class: Math. Like there being a right answer and wrong answer
Least favorite class: History
Why do you wear No. 11? No. 7 is retired in Utah; No. 11 is kind of a number that was given to me and I’ve liked it over the years
If you were an actor, what kind of actor would you be? Will Smith
Worst job or chore ever: Picking up the poo behind the dog
Killing time: Watching TV or playing FIFA, NBA2K or shoot-’em-up games
Dinner with three people, dead or alive: Will Smith, Martin Luther King and Michael Jordan

Five most frequently used apps on your phone: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Bleacher Report
Top five musical artists: Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Wale, and (cut off)
Top five video games of all time: Call of Duty 4, Destiny, FIFA, NBA2K and Borderlands
Top five non-NBA athletes: Matthew Lloyd and James Hird (Australian rules football players for Essendon). Actually, I’ll just go with them two.
All-time NBA starting five: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal and Tim Duncan

Mom: Caring, always there for me and picks me up
First person that recognized your talent: Australian Institute of Sports coach Ian Stacker

First basketball team: Local team called the Tar Heels (dad was the coach)
First buzzer beater: Against the U.S. in a tournament in China; the shot sent the game into overtime
First dunk: Freshman year in high school; 2-on-1 fast break, went off two feet, dunked with two hands
First pair of basketball shoes: AND1s
First time your ever saw yourself on television: Two years ago on the news. I hate watching myself on TV, so my parents were watching and I was covering my ears
First video game: Call of Duty 4
First nickname: D
First car: N/A
First CD: N/A
First jersey: Jason Richardson, with matching shoes
First autograph: Joe Ingles
First time you ever got in trouble: I used to get in trouble a lot. I got suspended from school for, it was just a lead-up of doing a lot of things that got me into that situation
First pet: Dog named Ebony
First time you got dumped: N/A

Favorite food: Mom’s teriyaki chicken
Least favorite food: Fish
Favorite teams: Essendon Bombers
Least favorite teams: Collingwood
Favorite athlete growing up: Paul Pierce
Least favorite athlete growing up: Don’t have one
Favorite musical genre: R&B
Least favorite musical genre: Country
Favorite thing you do every day: Getting shots up
Least favorite thing you do every day: Getting out of bed
Favorite fast food: In-N-Out
Least favorite fast food: None. It’s all good.
Favorite personality trait in people: Funny
Least favorite personality trait in people: Jealous

Word Association
Utah Jazz: Karl Malone
Defense: Stance
Jay-Z: Kanye
Breakfast: Bacon
Bananas: Orange
Gordon Hayward: League of Legends
Bart Simpson: Lisa
William Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing
Facebook: Twitter
The greatest: MJ
Basketball: Player

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