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Nov. 15, 2006

By Christian Caple
>The Daily

Phil Nelson

Q - Why Washington?

A - Same as everybody else, probably. Coach Romar, he got me.


Q - Which would you prefer: a crowd-pleasing dunk, a highlight-reel assist or hitting a big shot?

A - Probably hitting a three; that's kind of my game.


Q - If you could pick two teammates to play with you in a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, who would you choose?

A - T-Mac and Muggsy Bogues


Q - What is your favorite sports movie?

A - You know The Cable Guy? The basketball scene in that movie is amazing.


Q - Who was your inspiration in basketball growing up?

A - I was pretty much by myself with basketball.


Q - What do you want people to say when they watch you play?

A - Always a hard worker, that I play really hard, because I had a reputation in high school of being kind of lazy.


Quincy Pondexter

Q - Why Washington?

A - I really loved the coaching style and the way of play here.


Q - Which would you prefer: a crowd-pleasing dunk, a highlight-reel assist or hitting a big shot?

A - Winning games, whatever it takes.


Q - What is your favorite sports movie?

A - Love and Basketball, because the guy's name is Quincy McCall. Gotta love the Quincy.


Q - If you could pick two teammates to play with you in a 3-on-3 tournament, who would you choose?

A - Kobe and M.J.


Q - If you were the commissioner of any sport, what rule would you change?

A - That's tough. I think the taunting and celebration rule in the NFL.


Q - What do you want people to say when they watch you play?

A - That I'm an exciting player and fun to watch.


Adrian Oliver

Q - Why Washington?

A - Coach Romar. He's the biggest reason I came here. The player-coach relationship you look for, I have it with him.


Q - Who was your inspiration in basketball growing up?

A - It's been my life. My family played and my cousins. My mom even put a basketball hoop in my crib.


Q - Which would you prefer: a crowd-pleasing dunk, a highlight-reel assist or hitting a big shot?

A - Hit a big shot. When the team's counting on you, when the game's on the line, you want to be the guy that the team trusts.


Q - If you were the commissioner of any sport, what rule would you change?

A - That college athletes can't get paid.


Q - Tell me a car that describes your game?

A - Bentley, `cause my game's smooth.


Q - What do you want people to say when they watch you play?

A - That I'm the most complete player they've ever seen. That I just don't do one thing, that I can do it all.


Spencer Hawes

Q - Why Washington?

A - The opportunity to try and take the program to a level it's never been to and be an integral part of that.


Q - If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, who would you choose?

A - Jesus Christ or Ronald Reagan -- The Daily's going to love that one.


Q - Which would you prefer: a crowd-pleasing dunk, a highlight-reel assist or hitting a big shot?

A - I'd take a hook shot over any of those.


Q - What is your favorite sports movie?

A - Either the Rocky where he beats the hell out of the Russian dude (Rocky IV), because I like the "Burning Heart" in that one, or Jerry Maguire.


Q - If you were the commissioner of any sport, what rule would you change?

A - There are a lot of sportsmanship rules I don't agree with. Especially that new rule where you can't talk back to the refs in the NBA; that's terrible.


Q - What do you want people to say when they watch you play?

A - That he's really good.

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