An Interview with the Boston Celtics' Marquis Daniels

David AcostaContributor IAugust 10, 2010

BOSTON - FEBRUARY 27:  Marquis Daniels #7 of the Boston Celtics is annouced before the start of the game against the New Jersey Nets at the TD Garden on February 27, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Nets defeated the Celtics 104-96.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Crushing stereotypes, Marquis Daniels is the first NBA player to have legitimate talent on the mic. Daniels, who records under the name Q6, is really a breath of fresh air in the studio.

Having already dished out a couple of mixtapes, Q6 has the rap game on strings.

But all that is just for fun.

On the court, Daniels is an instant asset to whatever team he's on. Off the court, he has his own foundation, set on bringing attention to a blood disorder that has hit too close to home.

He's quite the busy man as you'll soon learn. And to think, he still took the time to answer a couple of questions for about his success in the NBA, music industry, and life in general.

1.) Would you say that if Perk hadn’t gone down, you guys would have had that game locked up? Be honest.

"It may have made a huge difference but it's said and done."

2.) What were some of the things said in that locker room after Game Seven? What stuck in your mind the most?

"Really wasn't much talking, everyone was upset. We played really hard and came up on the losing end. I don't think about it."

3.) Don’t you find it funny that the Lakers have been barking a lot of smack since they’ve won? What’s your idea of how a TRUE champion should behave?

"Congratulations to them. If that's what they choose to do so be it, champions celebrate differently."

4.) How’s your body? Any changes in your offseason training?

" I'm healthy. Unfortunately I had my thumb injury but now I'm healthy and ready to go. Just work on my overall game, a lot of shooting."

5.) You’re a starting caliber player; you proved that in Dallas when they needed you.  As a FA, do you prefer to unite with a team where you will start or do you feel more comfortable coming in off the rotation?

"I just wanna play, regardless if it's starting or being a reserve player."

6.) What does having the ability to create music mean to you?

"Its a good outlet, a way of expressing yourself."

7.) You’ve collaborated with Gucci Mane on "P***y and Patron." Who else do you have on your radar that you’d like to collaborate with?

"First I'd like to say free Boosie and Lil Wayne. I've done tracks wit Boosie and Trina as well as some other artists. I will work with anyone. I'm an athlete first. This a great hobby for me, so working with those that's in the industry is a privilege."

8.) When you make music, what kind of vibe or mood do you hope you’re setting for your listeners?                                                    

"I just talk about things that's going around me. Things I've been thru or seen."

9.) Talk about the R.E.D. Team/1090 Blokk Boyz.

"That's my squad. They go hard got a nice buzz going I'm just trying to help them go to the next level."

10.) Talk a little bit about the Q6 Foundation. Who is it aimed at and what goals do you have set for it?

"My foundation is aimed to help amateur sports and sickle cell in which my daughter has a trait. I myself need to know more about it and wanna inform others about it as well."

11.) What’s next for Marquis Daniels the musician?

"Helping my 1090 Blokk Boyz get da exposure they deserve cause the talent is there."

12.) What’s next for Marquis Daniels the NBA player?

"Keep working hard to better myself as a player."

Big thanks to Marquis for doing this interview.


- David Acosta