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The Questions with DiSagana Diop

June 19, 2006
June 19, 2006

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June 19, 2006

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The Questions with DiSagana Diop

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What was yourwelcome-to-the-NBA moment?
In training camp my rookie year they made me get the water after every breakfor vets. And [teammate] Tyrone Hill made me run his laps.

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Your mostembarrassing moment?
As a rookie I only played 18 games. [During a game] at Boston, I tripped overPaul Pierce and twisted my knee and was out two months.

Your favoriteoff-day activity?
Go to the mall and walk around. When I was in Cleveland, nobody knew who I was.Now it's different.

If I weren't inthe NBA, I'd be ...
in Europe playing soccer. A midfielder.

If I werecommissioner for a day, I'd ...
change the dress code rule back to what it was. You should be able to wearwhatever you feel like and be comfortable.

LAST WEEK

The 7-foot,280-pound Diop, 24, had two blocks and six rebounds as Dallas took atwo-games-to-none lead in the NBA finals.

THIS WEEK

The Maverickswill play Game 4 (Thursday) and Game 5 (Sunday, if needed) in Miami.

PHOTOTIM HEITMAN/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (DIOP ACTION)PHOTOLISA BLUMENFELD/GETTY IMAGES (DIOP HEAD SHOT)