The measurements, agility testing, and on the court stuff at the NBA Combine is important, but equally as important are team interviews. Typically, those interviews include some really weird questions. These aren’t your standard interview questions like where you see yourself in five years or whether or not you would turn something in incomplete on a deadline; these questions are designed to throw players off to gauge their reactions. Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype.com asked players at the Combine to share the weirdest questions they were asked, and because it’s a Monday and we’ve got nothing better to do, I thought I’d share five of my favorites so you can answer in the comments:
1. Why is a manhole cover round?
I’ve never thought about this before, and the answer is actually really clever: it’s because a circular manhole cover can’t fall through the opening like a square one would. I totally spoiled that for you, but what a fun fact, right?
2. What would the janitor at your school say if I asked him about you?
That I drank too much Diet Coke and stunted my growth? (And hopefully that I recycled.)
3. Can you explain each of your tattoos?
If Malik Monk had participated in the Combine, teams would get to hear that his large chest tattoo is a tribute to his hometown of Lepanto, specifically “The Woods” where he played pickup basketball growing up.
Also, I have no tattoos.
4. If you were the size of a pencil and stuck in a blender, how would you get out?
According to Kennedy, this question is popular in Silicon Valley to test applicants’ analytic problem solving skills. And I have no idea how I’d answer. Chill on the edge and pray?
5. What drink do you order when you’re in the club?
Yes, players were asked about their drinking and their marijuana habits. I’d be curious to see how many players answered honestly (knowing that teams will do their homework on them) or how many played it safe and lied, especially if they were under 21.
My answer, even though I never go clubbing? In my limited experience, clubs have limited craft beer selection, so I’ll go with Hendricks and tonic, cucumber, no lime.
Your turn if you wanna. Or, just go to HoopsHype.com to read the rest.