I was born in London but was only there for a year [before moving to Mount Vernon, N.Y.]. I've carried both my British and my American passports since high school. I thought it'd be cool to have dual citizenship.
On his favorite English custom
In my household we drank at least four cups of tea a day. In addition to [my family's] accents, tea drinking was something I was always around as a kid.
On the prospect of playing for England in the 2012 Summer Games in London
I'd definitely consider it, being that Luol [Deng, who is also a British citizen] and I are Bulls teammates and friends. Luol's laying the groundwork, recruiting. Hopefully with his name and my name we can get some talent to come out for the team.
On Bulls fans
The thing that stands out is that no matter how bad we were playing my first season, we always had support. My first couple of home games, I didn't think anything of it. I was just like, O.K., this is the pros. But when we went on the road, I would look in the stands in certain arenas, and there were like 100 people. I thought, Well, we're not playing much better than they are, but our arena is always packed.
On being drafted third overall out of UConn by the Bulls
Before the draft I thought I would go anywhere from seventh to 12th. Then on draft night, people were saying 20 years ago this day, Michael Jordan was drafted by the Bulls and he was the third pick just like me. It was all kinda weird.
On the 2004 Final Four semifinal game against Duke
We were down 10 and made a run at the end to come back and win. That was like our national championship because we thought we were the two best teams in the country. After we beat them, we knew we would win against Georgia Tech.
On having two players from the losing Duke team, Deng and Chris Duhon, as Bulls teammates
I knew Luol would come out, and of course I knew that Chris would because he was a senior, but I never thought we'd end up on the same team. They don't ever want to talk to me about that game.
On his three nicknames: Gentle Ben, the Closer and Madison Square Gordon
I just go by BG now, but if I had to pick one, it'd be MSG -- just because I've had success there in high school, in college and in the NBA.
On his fondness for bank shots
Growing up, you hear older guys say, "The backboard is your best friend." So when I would go to the gym, I'd just use the backboard to work on my touch. I guess it's a way to show your creativity while still doing something very simple.
THE 6'3", 200-POUND GORDON, 23, HAS A CAREER AVERAGE OF 15.9 POINTS A GAME, INCLUDING 24 AGAINST ORLANDO LAST WEEK.