Brandon Jennings Interview: Bucks Star PG Talks Shoes, His Game and the Future

Ethan Sherwood Strauss@SherwoodStraussNBA Lead WriterNovember 9, 2012

MILWAUKEE, WI - NOVEMBER 3: Brandon Jennings #3 of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles up the court during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Bradley Center on November 3, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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In between carving up the icy courts of Milwaukee (It's icy at the Bradley Center, right?), Brandon Jennings has been doing some spokesman work for Mission Court Grip.

To the best of my knowledge, the product has nothing to do with the historic, diverse, hipsterfied San Francisco neighborhood, but a lot to do with the benefits of shoe friction. Anyway, he was kind enough to talk with us about his game, the Bucks and his future while going about his spokesman duties. 

Bleacher Report: Can a shoe have too much grip? 

Brandon Jennings: Yes. They spent over four years in research and development to make sure the grip wasn't too intense, because that could lead to injury.  Too much grip makes you stiff, and that's how injuries happen. There has to be a fine balance. Over 1,000 players, trainers and strength and conditioning coaches tested it to confirm it was safe for athletes.

B/R: Your outside shooting has improved. Did you do anything specifically to improve it (Like shooting X shots per day)?

BJ: Improving my shot was a focus for this past offseason. During the lockout year, my focus was the basics, sharpening my moves, my fundamentals. This past offseason I would just shoot. Even on my
workout days I would still get shots up after the workout. For about a two-three week stretch I would get a 1,000 makes every time I was in the gym.

B/R: I remember you pulling a particularly nasty Eurostep this preseason. Did you get your Eurostep in Europe or America?

BJ: Obviously in Europe I saw the move a lot, but I didn't really work on it much until I was in the NBA. Now it's almost second nature on a fast break to get to the basket and avoid a defender.

B/R: There has been much talk of the backcourt share between you and Monta Ellis. How are your and Monta's games different?

BJ: Monta's game and mine are similar really. We are both quick. We both like to run. He might go to the basket a little more than I do, but you have to respect both of our shot.

B/R: Is Scott Skiles as mean as he looks?

BJ: Coach Skiles is tough. He's been my only coach in the NBA, so I'm used to it. His rules are a little different at times. At the end of the day, he just wants you to play hard defense, and you can't fault him for that.

B/R: How often do you catch defenders who forget that you're a lefty?

BJ: Not very often. I like going to my right anyway, so it makes no difference to me.

B/R: Do you think some coaches in Europe could coach over here in the NBA?

BJ: Some, a few. The style of play is a little different in the NBA. In Europe there is more structure, though, and the strategies can carry over.

B/R: You've said some nice things about Kendrick Lamar. Thoughts on the new album?

BJ: LOVE IT!!! I listen to it often. Myself being from Compton, I can identify with a lot of the lyrics.

B/R: Do you have a favorite kind of shot? Floater? Layup? Something else?

BJ: The Steve Nash floater/shot. Or my step back from the corner.

B/R: How do you plan on handling free agency?

BJ: It's out of my control now. My focus is just playing hard, getting our team to the playoffs. Whatever happens, happens. I just have to do my part.

B/R: What do you focus on when defending the pick-and-roll?

BJ: Depends who I am guarding. Some players I can go under the screen, some. I have to fight the screen to prevent the drive.

B/R: Which point guard do you least like to guard?

BJ: Deron Williams

B/R: There's a lot of debate about whether the "hot hand" exists. You sometimes seem to get on a roll where you're making a lot of shots in a row. Do you believe in the "hot hand"?

BJ: Without a doubt. Once I make two in a row, I have to shoot the next one. If that third one goes in, it's going to be a good night. I mean, shoot, ask Golden State if there is a such thing as a "hot hand?"

B/R: Favorite thing to do in Milwaukee?

BJ: Probably go to this spot called Casablanca. It's a Middle Eastern restaurant and hookah lounge. Great food and relaxed vibe. Can't beat that. If not that, then PF Chang's.

B/R: Favorite place to eat at in Los Angeles?

BJ: Roscoe's. Easy. If I'm not there, my chef, Chef E Dubble, is either bringing me food or I go to wherever he is.


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