DP: Meanest guy you ever faced?
MS: Erik Williams, Dallas Cowboys. Mean to his mama. Did you ever see Reggie White want to fight anyone except him? You get a preacher to fight, you know you're mean. He would Clubber Lang you right in the back of the head if you turned to watch the ball.
Tony Romo has been criticized for not being a leader. What would you do if you went into the Cowboys' locker room, knowing that it was dysfunctional? Would you confront Terrell Owens? Get in his face?
MS: Why not? What's he gonna do? Beat me up?
MS: Let me rephrase that: try to beat me up?
Alexander the Great
BUCKS ROOKIE Joe Alexander is a fantastic dunker without a dunk contest. Though he ran an Internet campaign for a spot in the All-Star weekend jam session, he didn't make the field. "It sucks because I put together a couple of pretty cool dunks, and no one's going to get to see them," Alexander said. I'd like to see him crash the slam dunk contest. Just show up and start dunking. Maybe take a page from Dwight Howard's superhero motif and wear a mask. ("Who was that masked dunker?" "It was I, Vanilla Sky!") It's not as if the event doesn't need to be livened up. And it's not as if Alexander doesn't deserve to be there.
Have Guitar, Will Jam
ONE PLAYER who won't be in the slam dunk contest anytime soon is Kobe Bryant. Laughing, he told me, "I don't think I can jump high enough to compete with Dwight Howard and those young guys." (But he did say he'd win an over-30 dunk contest "hands down.") So what does Kobe do for fun? He said he enjoyed filming the
commercial, which came to him naturally. "That wasn't acting," he said. "I was just doing what I do every day with my wife and two kids—dancing around and acting like an idiot. It just wasn't Hannah Montana music."