Derrick White on NBA’s COVID hiatus: I’m doing my best to be ready

With much of the country shut down due to the worldwide coronavirus epidemic, the Spurs’ media universe has for good reason been barren lately. Guard Derrick White did a bit to break the drought Thursday afternoon, taking over the team’s official Twitter account to engage in a virtual Q&A with fans.

The topics ranged from practical to whimsical to silly to sweet. Here are some highlights.

On what White is doing to keep in shape during an NBA hiatus stretching into its third week:

“I’m doing a lot of at-home workouts. We’ve got an assault bike I’ve been on. I’m trying to do as much as I can to stay in shape. It’s been hard to do as much to stay in shape for basketball because you don’t have a gym. I’m doing as much as I can to be ready when that time comes.”

On which five retired Spurs players he’d most like to play with: “I’d say Tim Duncan. Obviously the greatest power forward of all time. The ultimate winner. David Robinson. All-time great. George Gervin, the Iceman. How could you not want to play with that? Sean Elliott. Legend, even though he went to Arizona. And then — obviously — the Red Mamba, Matt Bonner. How could you now want to play with Matt Bonner?”

On who was his biggest basketball influence:

“I’d say my parents did. My dad used to stay up late, rebound for me, do whatever I needed him to do. They were always at my games. My mom was always supporting me and telling me to follow what I love to do. And then, just always supporting me, always pushing me to be better than I was yesterday.”

On his favorite NBA moment so far: “Probably just playing in that playoff series against Denver (last year), specifically Game 3. That’s probably my breakout game. I had a lot of fun playing for the crowd, and the atmosphere that was there. I had a lot of fun. Hopefully we have more to come and more success.”

On new hobbies he’s been picking up: “Sometimes I’ve been playing a lot recently — and winning a lot, by the way — is pool. I’ve been trying to get better at it. I’m a little shaky at it, but I’m trying to get better. Another thing that I’m interested in is bowling. My goal is bowl a 300 sometimes in my NBA career. I’ve got a lot of work to do, but I’ll get that done.”

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