Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 11/29/12
Hip Hop artist Kendrick Lamar wrote in his recent single, Black Boy Fly, that growing up he used to be jealous of his childhood friend, Arron Afflalo. Well, who wouldnt be? The do-it-all guard for the Orlando Magic has had an inner drive to be the best since his toddler days in Compton. From the McDonalds All-American game, to the Final Four in the NCAA, and now even in the NBA, his work ethic has steadily advanced him in the ranks of basketball stardom. But, Afflalo would rather be in the gym, than in the limelight. No tattoos, no ear piercings, not even an ounce of flash when describing his personal style. Still, his work on the court keeps us all wanting to know more. So the six year veteran sat down with FOX Sports Florida in this weeks Q&A to share a little more about himself. According to him, his style can be summed up in just one word, Simple. FS Florida: How much do you love the game of basketball? Arron Afflalo: A lot. It means everything to me. FS Florida: Is there anything you are more passionate about? Afflalo: My family. FS Florida: You talk about your family a lot. How has their support helped you in your life? Afflalo: My family is my support system. So, theyve always created a comfort zone for me through good and bad times. FS Florida: Tell us about the song Black Boy Fly, by Kendrick Lamar. How did it feel to have an entire verse dedicated to you in the song? Afflalo: It felt good. I really appreciated it. Kendricks an amazing artist. Hes going to be around for a while. FS Florida: In the song he talks about how you set an example for the other kids you grew up with. Did you know back then how much your peers looked up to you? Afflalo: In high school, no. Im more conscious of it now in terms of being the best me I can be and how that influences others. FS Florida: Whats a hobby of yours outside of playing basketball? Afflalo: Ping Pong. I played a lot of ping pong when I was in college. FS Florida: What did you major in at UCLA? Afflalo: Sociology FS Florida: You ever thought about going back and getting your degree? Afflalo: Thats a good question. If you think about it, I dont really need it. But, yes I do want to get my degree. I guess its just that sense of accomplishment. Im only 10 courses away, so it would be nice to finish. FS Florida: What will you want to do when you finish playing basketball? Afflalo: A lot. I cant really describe it in two sentences. FS Florida: Try Afflalo: Ill be in the business world. Ill be helping people. That was two sentences (laughing). FS Florida: Who was your favorite athlete growing up? Afflalo: Byron Scott and Michael Jordan. FS Florida: Why Byron Scott? Afflalo: I grew up a Laker a fan. He was my favorite player on the team. I just liked everything about him. FS Florida: What do you like most about Orlando so far? Afflalo: Id say the fans. The fans are great. FS Florida: What else do you like about the city? Afflalo: The weather. Its nice to be back in a warmer environment, reminds me of home. FS Florida: Since there is such great weather, do you spend your off days out and about? Afflalo: (laughing) No, I spend my off days resting. FS Florida: Just on the couch? Afflalo: Usually in the bed, sleeping. FS Florida: How do you pass the time when youre traveling on the road? Afflalo: I watch a lot of movies. FS Florida: Favorite movie? Afflalo: I dont really have one. But, I do like V for Vendetta. FS Florida: You seem to be a very focused person. Where does that stem from? Afflalo: Just wanting to be my best in everything that I do. I always want to be able to say I gave it my all and I was all the way invested. FS Florida: Youre always tweeting something inspirational for your Twitter followers to read. What is a quote or phrase that you find yourself repeating to encourage yourself? Afflalo: Work hard. FS Florida: Thats a quote? Afflalo: It is today (laughing). But, work hard, thats what I tell myself all the time in every circumstance. If the work is there the results will follow.
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