NBA all-star Shawn Marion walked the red carpet at Enclave for Wade’s World Weekend in support of his former teammate and I was able to talk with him briefly as seen above! As a precursor to the interview and as a big fan of the NBA, I always appreciated Marion’s game comin’ up with Phoenix before bouncing around a few teams and finally settling with the Dallas Mavericks last season. He’s seemingly always in Chicago during the offseasons as I even recall one where I found myself watching a pickup game with him, Andre Iguodala, Antoine Walker, and a few other NBAers. During that game, I saw Marion’s athleticism on display first hand on a chase-down block that would have made LeBron James jealous.
Anyway, Marion was nice and appreciative the whole time, which was on display in the interview where I first tried to ask him about the big news of the summer with LeBron and Chris Bosh joining the star of the evening in Miami. He instead turned his attention toWade’s World Foundation, which is the real reason everyone was gathered at Enclave and throughout Chicago the whole weekend. I’m sure the players are tired of that question by now but it was the first thing that came to mind when we did this interview on the fly. After discussing Wade’s foundation, I also asked Marion about his own foundation – The Shawn Marion Foundation – where he detailed his most recent event, which came in the form of poker. Not surprising as I recall he was one of the athlete/celebs who participated in this year’s World Series, if I’m not mistaken. Finally, we got in a fun question on what the Mavs were listening to at the end of the season so stay tuned ’til the end to find out… And now I have an image of Dirk Nowitzki bobbin’ his head to the adopted team anthem, haha.. awesome. Enjoy!