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Willie Puckett

Name
Willie Puckett

Where are you from?
Griffin, Ga

How old are you?
35

When did you start playing the game?
11 yrs. old

What made you interested in playing basketball?
One day, while in 6th grade P.E., some of my friends were having a contest to see who could jump the highest by touching the net. And one of my friends insisted that I try also. When I jumped, I actually grabbed the rim with two hands. The P.E. teacher saw me and gave me a basketball and told me to see if I could dunk it. I did. From that point on, basketball has been my life.

Do you remember your first organized basketball game?
Dec. 1994- Spalding Co. Recreation: Celtics

How did you play and how did it make you feel?
I didn’t play well at all. It was my first organized game and totally different than playing backyard basketball. I was super nervous and I don’t think I scored.

When did you begin to take basketball seriously and why?
I began to take basketball seriously when the high school varsity coach would come watch me during 8th grade P.E. to see what all the fuss was about.My game did a total 360 from my first Rec. game to the last game. I received Co-MVP Award at the end of the season.

Does your family support you playing basketball?
Yes-110%

What influenced you to play basketball?
My friends, because we all loved basketball.

What is your favorite aspect of playing basketball?
My favorite aspect of basketball would have to be the competitiveness of the game.

What is your motivation to play?
I love basketball (My first love).

What are your habits before a game?
Prayer

Do play other sports competitively, which sports?
No

What is your favorite food to eat before and after games?
Salad/ Pasta

What is your favorite pre-game music?
Outkast:

Do you have any religious background and basketball?
Yes

How often do you workout?
Once a day

Do you have a partner or on your own?
Both

Have you been seriously injured?
Yes- Stress Fracture

What are your strong points in basketball?
Defense and penetrating the defense

Do you consider yourself healthy and why?
Yes because in order to play at the higher level you have to keep your body well tuned.

Do you have many friends who don’t play basketball?
Yes

What is life outside of basketball for you?
I’m a father of three beautiful daughters and a husband of a beautiful wife (Family Man).

Do you get a lot of attention because you play basketball?
Yes

What are your plans after your basketball career is over?
Hopefully to Coach at high school level.

Is basketball your life?
Yes.

Where has basketball taken you?
All over the U.S.A.

Have you made mistakes in your life that has affected your career? If you would like to go into detail please explain
Yes. Instead of listening to my heart and choosing the college I wanted to attend, I let the people around me dictate the decision.

What is your basketball standing now? Do you play — High school, college, professional, semi pro or retired?
Professional- Atlanta Experience ABA

What are your basketball dreams?
To play overseas (see the world)

Are you happy with your basketball game?
No, because there is still room for learning and improvement.