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Q. Have you ever fantasized about playing in the NBA?

A. A lot. Growing up, playing in the NBA was a bigger dream than playing in the NFL. I love playing football, but if the situation was different I probably would have made the decision to go play hoops. I talk to guys like Terrell Owens, Randy Moss and Tony Gonzalez and they would love to play hoops, too. Even though it's a team sport there are situations where you go one-on-one a lot and you can control your own destiny, so to speak.

Q. Who were your favorite players growing up?

A. Michael Jordan obviously and I loved George Gervin. But I really liked to watch the big guys like Hakeem Olajuwon and Patrick Ewing work because they're the reason the smaller guys have success. A lot of people said Michael Jordan didn't have a big man, but he had guys like Bill Cartwright and Luc Longley taking up space and setting screens so he could drive to the basket and make plays.

Q. What was your impression of the Detroit Pistons winning the NBA title last year?

A. Detroit reminds me of the New England Patriots as far as winning with a team concept, playing strong defense, being efficient on offense and doing all the little things it takes to win.

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