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Here are your March 2008 questions for Adonal...
Tim (13) and Jason (11), Denver asks...
Do you miss playing in the Western Conference?
[Adonal] I definitely miss playing in the Western Conference. Places like Denver, I'm not going to be playing there as often as I used to. The Western Conference had a lot of challenges. It was very fun to be with the Warriors for 10 years. But I'm looking forward to the challenges the Eastern Conference has to offer. Our team is doing very well. And we have a good chance at going far in the playoffs. So, I'm excited about that. But yes, there are times when I miss playing in the West.
Jennifer (14), San Francisco asks...
Which is your favorite restaurant in San Francisco and why?
[Adonal] One of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco is North Beach Restaurant and Cafˇ, located on Stockton. I love it because the waiters and people who have worked there have been there for years and years. When you go back there, they always remember you. They remember everything you do. I became friends with a lot of the people there. It's a place where you feel like you're family. You go in, they know what you like to eat, they know what you like to drink and it becomes more of a family affair. For me, that's always a great thing when you have that kind of level of commitment coming from the people who not only work in that establishment, but want to be there for that long. I find that amazing and I love that. And the food is incredible too.
Tim (25), Liverpool, England asks...
Who would you say is the best center you've ever played against?
[Adonal]: That's a very difficult question because in the NBA, each center has his own unique challenges. When I first came into the league, Hakeem Olajuwon was one of the best big men in the league. Meanwhile, Shaq was one of the most physically dominant and punishing guys in the league. Tim Duncan has been one of the most skilled big men. And David Robinson was also extremely skilled. Today, you have guys like Yao Ming, who can shoot just as effectively as a guard and can create around the basket for other people. So they can all present different challenges. But for me, the most difficult player to guard (and I guard him everyday) is Dwight Howard. Because he is absolutely gifted and talented beyond imagination. And the sky is the limit for him. With that said, I think it's hard to say who is the best big man I've ever defended. But what I can say is, there are a lot of great players at this level. And each of them present a tough challenge every night. That's why the NBA is such a tough place to play in.
David (16) Clearwater, Fl. asks...
What is your favorite NBA arena to play in and why?
I would say Madison Square Garden in New York, as well as the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Garden is so historic. When I was growing up in Hamilton and went to Colgate, I watched the Knicks. Back then, I always dreamed of playing in The Garden. It was so loud, Spike Lee was always there at courtside. Going to the Staples Center is always a treat because during my 10 years with the Warriors, we've always had a fierce rivalry with the Lakers.
Stanley (34) asks...
How much longer would you like to play in the NBA and what are your plans when you retire? Will you become a broadcaster?
[Adonal]: I hope to play at least three more years. I'm still enjoying the game. I'm still having fun. On the other hand, I've always been trying to be two steps ahead of the game. So, I'm working on my master's degree in sports psychology. I would love to do some broadcasting. I would certainly get into something like that after my career is over. For me, it's always about having choices. I always want to position myself to have choices and be prepared after the end of my professional career. Everything is still on the shelf. I always want to be ready.
Jeremy (9), Orlando asks...
What is it like to practice with Dwight Howard every day?
[Adonal]: I have bruises. He has elbowed me at least six times a day. I'm going to be sending him my medical bill at the end of the year. Dwight is so strong. He has such an educated elbow. He can jump out of the gym. I just foul the living daylights out of him everytime we're at practice. I grab him, I pull, I do what I can do make him better for the game. So, I try not to let him get any dunks during practice. So, I do everything I have to do to force him to become more skilled than he is now.
Erica (27), Palo Alto, Ca., asks...
On your website, you share many of your poems. How many poems have you written and what got you started?
I've written over 300-plus poems. I got started when I was given an assignment in high school. For my AP English class during my junior year, we had to come up with an original poem. Once I started doing it, I really liked it. It allowed me to talk and express myself in a different way that I've never done before. Controllin and manipulating language, I really find that to be exciting. And putting a string of different words together, I find that to be something that really makes me happy. So, I started writing and I never stopped since then.
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