Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker has turned into a bonafide legend over the course of these playoffs.
Although he struggled badly against the Los Angeles Clippers this past Thursday night, his star has never shined brighter.
As such, everything he says carries a little bit of extra weight now.
This week, Booker opened up about who his absolute favorite NBA player growing up was – and the answer came as a bit of a surprise to people.
Booker, who was forced to play Game 3 with a mask due to facial injuries suffered in Game 2, was asked whether he spoke with the most productive NBA mask-wearer of all time, Rip Hamilton, about how to do so effectively.
“I did talk to Rip about it,” he said.
“I’ve been preaching for a long time that he’s my favorite player of all time, and I’ve had short conversations with him in the past. I thought this was the perfect time to talk to him more and get some advice. So he chopped it up with me for a minute, gave me some great feedback and put me in the right mindset to go out there.”
Booker, who came into Thursday evening averaging 28.3 points in the postseason, finished with 15 points on 5-for-21 from the field including hitting just 1 of 7 from beyond the arc.
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It will be interesting to see how he rebounds from that showing in Game 4.
This has been a crazy year for Booker. Between his blossoming relationship with Kendall Jenner, the 7-Suns-players-in-1-night scandal, his contentious run-in with the league MVP and his brothers, and the myriad of physical altercations he has been in – it’s just been one issue after another for the 24-year-old.
Of course, nobody ever said winning a title would be easy.
Will this be the year Booker is finally crowned champ? Time will tell.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.