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Embarrassing YouTube Interviews with NBA Stars Before They Blew Up

Sean HojnackiFeatured ColumnistMarch 3, 2013

Embarrassing YouTube Interviews with NBA Stars Before They Blew Up

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    One of the perils of the Internet Age is that things never seem to disappear.

    Regardless of how long ago it was filmed or how embarrassing it might have been, video clips in this day and age have a remarkable shelf life.

    They say that the camera adds 10 pounds. Apparently, it also adds a lot of awkwardness to any interview with a teenager. 

    Yes, all our favorite NBA players have had their fair share of abashed moments as youngsters while being interviewed.

    Here are a few of those gems.

Dirk Nowitzki

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    Apparently, before being drafted into the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki didn't know how to shop for stuff, pay a bill or write a check. Good thing Steve Nash and Don Nelson were there to assist him.

    Dirk bellyached that there isn't rookie hazing in Germany...like carrying other players' bags. Welcome to America, Dirk.

    He also loves handball (the Olympic variety) and idolizes Detlef Schrempf (who doesn't?). Oh, Dirk, you're an international treasure.

    And the young man from Würzburg has now blossomed into a star who can pay a personal assistant to do what Nash and Nelson used to do for him.

LeBron James

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    That's right, LeBron James doesn't even like basketball. So how did he get so good? He revealed his secret in this 2003 interview.

    "Once that I saw that ah...I could make this into a goal, or make this into a thing, that I could be better at, be the best at, that just made me work even harder."

    There you have it. Kids, go forth with that maxim!

Kobe Bryant

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    Kobe Bryant doesn't think kids should go to college.

    At least, if that's their dream.

    Parents, keep your kids away from the Black Mamba.

Tim Duncan

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    Okay, I can barely decide what to attack first in this clip from Tim Duncan's draft night.

    Why is Craig Sager's wardrobe so muted? And by Zeus' beard, does Gregg Popovich look young!

    While it might be commonplace nowadays, can you imagine being hired by an organization, immediately put on national television, first being subjected to your future boss' estimation of your potential and only then being allowed to speak? 

    In 1997?

    Still, Timmy is smoother than an R&B singer through all of it.

Carmelo Anthony

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    Yes, Carmelo Anthony was selected from the same draft in 2003 as LeBron James. And the straight-from-high-school LeBron dispelled a little wisdom following the lottery selection, saying: 

    You know me and Carmelo we met a couple years back and from right then and there we became friends because I just think when two good players just stick together as being friendships off the court I think it makes it a lot more better...

    Despite his clunky verbiage, at least LeBron was able to keep his eyes open.

    C'mon, Melo! I thought Anthony had a year of college.

Kevin Durant

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    While I admire Kevin Durant's overall humility, his claim at the end of this 2007 interview is fairly sad.

    He says "hopefully" whatever shoe company he signs with will make an affordable shoe for kids.

    Alas, KD ended up with Nike. His shoes cost hundreds of dollars. Oh well.

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