Interview: Two-Time NBA Champ Kenny Smith Swears "NBA Baller Beats" Will Make You a Better Player

Interview: Two-Time NBA Champ Kenny Smith Swears "NBA Baller Beats" Will Make You a Better Player

Have you played the game?

[Laughing] Haven't seen it in my life. Yeah, I mean, it's funny because at first—when I was first approached about it in the early stages—you know it was kind of just getting the voiceover. And I was like "Let me see the game first" (this was months ago). And then I was like, "No, no, no. I want to be fully entrenched in this." And I'm basically now serving as the brand ambassador would.

This game is just, you know, unlike anything of its kind, meaning—I've seen, like, bowling games on TV, or you know with your Wii or whatever, Kinect. But you don't have a bowling ball in your hand, you know? Tennis game, you don't have a tennis racket. It's the first game where you have a real ball and you're really doing real basketball moves, you know? First game ever.

And I was just intrigued when I saw it.

What exactly is your role and how have you been involved?

Well no I'm just, you know, I'm fully involved in the game, you know, in all aspects of it. From the grassroots to the launch on Sept. 11, to suggestions, criticisms, comments, every aspects. Once a week or two, every week and a half or so, we're on the phone, we have the production meeting. You know, I'm on it.

And I just think that it's so unique, it's so different, because of that. Because, you know, you could be three different levels—you could be a rookie, and that would be like you could play with your mom. You know what I'm saying?

Or you could be like a pro, and kind of be you know, getting a little serious. Or you could be a "baller," where you've got everybody locked out in the garage or in your room and you're going at it. You're trying to get your game up.

So kind of like, you know, like the dance games, like I'm not a great dancer, but you know. I play them I have fun. And then there's guys who really get into it, and they really are great at it. And kids are the same way. So you know, I play those games with my son and you know, all the different games, so that's exactly what it's like.

Are you any good at it? Do your real-world skills translate to NBA Baller Beats very well?

The only difference is like these are kind of the same drills that you kind of do when you try to get better, but the difference is how you're doing in the music, you know? So you're doing it to the—when you're off-beat, you lose points, you know?

And there's always in your practices, it's kind of choreographed, but you kind of choreograph it. Well now someone else has choreographed something you follow. So it still keeps that instinctiveness to it because you're not sure what's coming next, just like the real game. You don't know if you'll have to go between your legs. You don't know if you're going behind your back. You don't know what's coming next.

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