Interview Series: Wilson Chandler

The thing I miss most about living in NY is that everyday can be a new adventure for you, always something to do! And, the two things I miss most about playing in NY are the Garden and the fans hands down.

DO YOU FIND IT HARD TO CONSTANTLY BE UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT AS A KEY PLAYER ON A PLAYOFF TEAM?

Past couple years have been rough on us, not making the playoffs. But before it wasn't too tough, because Denver is a small market compared to NBA cities like LA, NYC or Chicago. So from that standpoint, we're not in the spotlight as much. Although, things can get out of hand once in a blue moon. 

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST LIFESTYLE CHANGE YOU EXPERIENCED WHEN MOVING FROM NYC TO DENVER?

The biggest adjustment going from NY to Denver for me was the pace of the city and the shopping.

WHICH ONE OF YOUR TATTOOS IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TO YOU AND WHY? ARE YOU PLANNING ON ADDING MORE?

My favorite tattoo is my back tattoo of the Juggernaut from X Men, my favorite character from the comic! Just an overall dope job and piece. At some point, I want to cover my entire body or most of it I should say. 

YOU LIVED IN NYC WHILE PLAYING FOR THE NEW YORK KNICKS – WHAT DO YOU MISS THE MOST ABOUT LIVING AND PLAYING IN NYC?

The thing I miss most about living in NY is that everyday can be a new adventure for you, always something to do! And, the two things I miss most about playing in NY are the Garden and the fans hands down. 

YOU OFTEN TRAVEL FOR WORK AND LEISURE – WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR TRAVEL ESSENTIALS?

MacBook Air, iPhone 6, and my black leather "Detroit red wings" Just Don cap. 

YOU LOVE WATCHING 90’S RAP VIDEOS – WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?

I love 90's rap and R&B, the best era. My favorite rap video from the 90's has to be a tie between Method Man – Bring Da Pain and Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg – Nuthin’ But A G Thang. Two totally different feels. Method Man had that classic east coast feel and Dre/Snoop cruising six fours around the city or at family/friend barbecue is just classic. That’s one of my favorite pass times, barbecuing and hanging with family and friends.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SONGS IN YOUR GAME DAY PLAYLIST?

The Diplomats - dipset Anthem

Lil Wayne - Hustler Musik

Max B Feat. Stack – Situations

Kanye West - Can't Tell Me Nothing

Nipsey Hussle - Forever On Some Fly Shit

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FASHION ESSENTIALS?

My style is more street mixed with some high fashion, very simple pieces. A few of my favorite fashion essentials would have to be my Fear Of God black bomber, a pair of Bred AJ1, John Elliot tees, a Just Don hat, and my Takashi Murakami x Louis Vuitton duffle.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST FASHION SPLURGE? 

Biggest fashion splurge I would have to say came during the 09-10 season with the Knicks when we had pre-season games in Milan and Paris. I spent a lot of money in those two cities, the shopping was dope!

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION THAT PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT BASKETBALL PLAYERS?

The biggest misconception that people have about basketball players in my opinion is that we are not intelligent. That's not the case, we all are human and we make mistakes but no one is perfect. There are a lot of examples of players doing things outside of basketball and creating great lives for themselves after basketball.