Another year, another fond look back at one of the best interviews with any player ever. In 2006, this Delonte West interview with ESPN's Louise K. Cornetta was an instant classic. Cornetta often polls players about off the court topics, and the premise of this interview was to ask West about what his ideal Valentine's Day plans would be. Cornetta might then use one of West's quotes alongside those of other players to create a fun feature on love and NBA players.
She didn't need anyone else:
"Yeah, we're going to my yacht," said West. "We'll pull up at the docks and got a guy waiting for us, open our door up and we walk down a lit-up dock and onto the yacht, where we have dinner set up on the boat and we just cruise out on the water. Sit down and have some dinner, some shrimps and steaks, keep it nice and breezy. Pop some bottles, some Moet Rose. The red Moet, we ain't popping no Kristal, it tastes like urination. We ain't popping no Kris, that's $500 a bottle. It ain't that serious. It ain't going to get you drunk. Make sure you put that in there. We ain't doing a $500 bottle, we're doing a $99 wine and dine."
Later in the interview, West dials down his dinner menu.
"One more thing: When we're on the yacht eating, we're going to have some Popeyes chicken. That's for dinner. It's to let her know, put a mental image on her mind, first and foremost, if you ain't from the hood, you don't like Popeyes chicken. Everyone there loves Popeyes chicken and the biscuits -- phew. But that's just getting it on her mind, saying, you know, 'Yeah, I can wine and dine you, but I'm a little rough around the edges and I'm keeping it real with you. I can be romantic, but this is real, we're going to eat some chicken tonight. Chicken and biscuits.'"
It's worth it to read the entire interview. Guys, share it with that special someone. It's what Delonte would want.
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