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 Thomas Wood.
- How did you become a Clippers fan?
My dad ran a wheel business for much of my childhood. Tony Massenburg was one of my dad’s customers during his lone season with the Clippers and kicked us tickets to a couple games. I assume Tony had trouble offloading his Clipper tickets, because I’m not sure the guy he bought wheels from once or twice would otherwise rank very highly. Either way, the first game I saw was a double-overtime victory over Boston, and the rest, they might say, was misery. I didn’t care though. I didn’t know any other Clipper fans, so the team felt like mine and mine alone. Plus, parking at the Sports Arena was easy. Twenty-five years on, the Clippers still kinda feel like they belong only to me, but it’s nice to know others that probably feel the same way too.
- Who is your favorite basketball player (not necessarily Clippers player) ever?
I tend to be fickle, so for this week I’ll say Steve Nash. To answer more than I was asked, my first favorite Clipper was Pooh Richardson, and my current favorite Clipper is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. I’m sorry, what’s that you say…?
- What is your favorite thing to do outside watch (and write about) the NBA?
Watch other sports. I’ve spread my sports viewing interests precariously thin.
- What’s one movie, song, or book that you think more people should know about?
I’m cheating again, but I’ll say anything by Andy Shauf.
- What’s the coolest thing that can happen in a basketball game and why?
When the Lakers lose.
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