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July 17, 2007 | By James Morris | comment on this post
Indiana Pacers swingman Danny Granger poses with Metri, James' son.
Danny Granger, posing here with James’ son Metri, talked to us about everything under the sun.

First it was Brooks Robinson, then Jay “Mr. Olympia” Cutler, and then Brad Ziegler from the A’s Triple-A team. Now, I got a chance to sit down with an up-and-coming NBA star from the Indiana Pacers, Danny Granger.

I pulled Danny aside while at his second annual basketball camp for kids aged seven to 17 and talked with him about a variety of topics, including his performance last season, what to expect for next season, and whatever else I could think of while I had him in front of me.

Let me just say that Danny was one of the best people I have got a chance to talk to so far. Not only did he take time to talk to anyone that happened to call his name out at the camp, but he was there every day to give the kids one-on-one instruction, do media interviews, sign autographs for the kids and their families. He even went out and made time to visit people in a nearby hospital. If I wasn’t already a Granger fan before this (which I was since he went to UNM and I had a class with him), I certainly would be now. With players such as Allen Iverson seeming to take over the NBA with their thug mentality and seeming to need street credit, it was really good to sit down and have an intelligent conversation with a player for once.

With the NBA already pricing the average fan out of the game, and the never-ending circus that seems to follow some players around, I think it is safe to say that Danny Granger is a role model for kids to look up to.

Below is a complete transcript of the interview. You played the two, three and four last year. Where do you think you can be most effective as an NBA player?

Danny Granger: You know what, I really felt comfortable playing either position really, with some teams playing more small ball. I really felt I was most effective at the two because I am quick enough to guard them and I was also bigger than them on the other end.

RR: What was your favourite position to play?

DG:The three.

RR: With Jim O’Brien taking over as head coach in Indy, how do you expect your role to change next season?

DG: I think it will increase. Last year I had a pretty good year and he is expecting me to have a breakout year this season. I think he will help me out to the best of his ability. We have a great coaching staff, and he will be looking for me to score and defend.

RR: The big trade with Golden State didn’t work out that well for the team last season as the Pacers missed the playoffs, but you personally benefited from it by becoming a starter and getting a larger role in the offense. Do you have mixed emotions about how that played out? Discuss.

DG: A little bit, you know

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19 Responses to “ Interview: Danny Granger”

  1. James Morris says:

    If anyone has a question for Danny, let me know before say Tuesday the 24th of July and I will try and get you an answer.

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  3. Chris says:

    future all-star

  4. RotoRob says:

    You may be right, Chris. It sure helps that he’s in the East, but man does he have some serious talent.

  5. James Morris says:

    I’ve got to watch Danny play pick-up games at the gym… he has some crazy skills! I will be taking him earlier in my drafts this year. He could easily by my starting SF.

  6. whats goin on people. THis is Scotty Granger…….danny’s younger brother. Thanks for the compliments u gave him. He’s a great guy with his head on his shoulders (like i taught him) haha. I HOPE WITH ALL MY MIGHT HE MAKE ALLSTAR THIS YEAR!

  7. James Morris says:

    Not a problem Scotty, Danny was great at both camps and a pleasant surprise for a pro athlete. I got an awesome autographed basketball from Danny, along with this great interview.

  8. RotoRob says:

    Hi Scotty,

    Thanks for the note. We’ll definitely be rooting for Danny to take the next step up this year.


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  10. Stanley says:

    Hey can you ask danny what he thinks the starting line up will be next year? i’m really looking forward to seeing dunleavy get back to his form in the 06 season where he was a premiter shooter as a starter, also, i was wondering if he thinks troy murphy will be back to his ways before 07 season, where he was able to average double-double and was nearly an allstar even though i don’t think he can be as effective considering how there’s JO and a complete different style which troy was used to @ GS

  11. James Morris says:

    Danny is on his way to Disneyland from what I hear. But, I have it on good authority the starting line-up will be as follows:

    PG: Jamal Tinsley
    SG: Mike Dunleavy
    SF: Danny Granger
    PF: Troy Murphy
    C: Jermaine O’Neal
    6th man: Kareem Rush

  12. Tiffany Dorsey (Danny's Cousin) says:

    I just wanted to say that he is a wonderful person. He sent for my son to come to camp from New Orleans (my son is Danny’s twin) and he had a great time . Go Pacers!! See yall at the ALL-STAR GAME NEW ORLEAN 08 BABY

  13. RotoRob says:

    Thanks for sharing your experiences with us, Tiffany. Danny sure has won himself a lot of fans here,

  14. James Morris says:

    Your son is Danny’s twin? Jerry Springer? 😉

    The camp was a very eye opening experience for me. I am going to be rooting for Danny this season for sure.

  15. hahah…….no…..James Morris………that “twin” our 2nd cousin that looks just like danny when he was little. His name is Galin and the girl that posted that is Tiffany our second cousin. Haha. LOL

  16. sorry tiffany is our first cousin and her son…is our second. Sorry!

  17. James Morris says:

    Hey, nothing spells luv’n like marry’n yur Cuz’n!

  18. myke says:

    I knew he would be an all star this year i told his dad last camp at del norte that he has a god given game and any young man that give back to the children as he has to my boys isaiah and marcus and so many others god gives you back 100 x what you give thank you mr granger and mr danny granger please keep coming to albuquerqe. we drive up from grants every day to your camps. thank you.

  19. James says:


    I’ll be at the camp again this year as a Pacers rep, so stop by and holla at me. I’ll make sure you get to meet Danny and talk with him.