Welcome to 213Hoops! Our mission is to provide Clippers fans with the best content around, and that’s why we’ve put together a staff of writers who will bring top-notch coverage and analysis to our readers. While many of you may know our contributors from their earlier work covering the Clippers, we wanted everyone to have a chance to re-introduce themselves to let you get to know them a little bit better. Check out this Q&A with 213Hoops contributor Taylor Smith.

1. How did you become a Clippers fan?

I moved here to write about the Clippers back in 2010, which fortunately turned out to be when the team happened to start getting fun and relevant. I wound up leaving that job for a different job a few years later, then started writing about LAC again when something at Clips Nation opened up. Now, here I am.

2. Who is your favorite basketball player (not necessarily Clippers player) ever?

Probably Yao Ming. He was starting to become the first “unicorn” type big man before injuries unfortunately robbed him of the prime years of his career. Even so, seeing a lumbering 7’6″ guy play with his kind of footwork and incredible touch was always incredible to me.

3. What is your favorite thing to do outside watch (and write about) the NBA?

Eating Mexican food with my soon-to-be wife is my favorite thing. Contributing to a daily fantasy sports blog while engaging in the relentless pursuit of untold riches is probably my next favorite pastime outside of writing about the Clippers. Running, bike riding, hanging out with cats, etc.

4. What’s one movie, song, or book that you think more people should know about?

“New Birth in New England” by Phosphorescent. You should listen to it, imo.

5. What’s the coolest thing that can happen in a basketball game and why?

Buzzer-beating 3-pointer for the win by the home team. It’s awesome on TV, but it’s awesome-r in person.

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