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Matt de la Pena Interview

By Ryan McNeill

This winter I had the chance to read “Ball Don’t Lie” by Matt de la Pena and it instantly become one of my favourite books. The development of Sticky was so riveting that I found myself staying up past midnight reading it because I couldn’t put the book down and I found myself rooting him on despite all of his personality quirks. If you haven’t had a chance to read this book make sure you head out to your local bookstore this weekend and pick up a copy of this classic novel.

A couple months ago I was lucky enough to chat with Matt for 30 minutes about his book and the upcoming movie based on his novel. Because of the shift from 360ThePitch.com to MVN.com I’ve had to repost some of my older podcasts and I thought this would be a good time to repost one of my favourite interviews.

Some of the topics we covered were;

* What it’s like to have Grayson “The Professor” Boucher, Sharon Stone and hottie Taryn Manning sign up to be part of this movie
* He talked about playing against Steve Nash while he was on a hoops scholarship at Pacific
* We talked about what it was like to go from being a starving writer for four years to having his book picked up by a publishing company and the rights to his movie picked up all within six months
* He talked about what it’s like to have NBA stars like Antawn Jamison write to him about being fans of his book

Matt provided some great answers to my questions and this is one of my favourite interviews that I’ve conducted for my Hoops Addict Podcast series. Bare with me as I stumble through some of my questions because Matt does a great job of throwing back some answers at me that will entertain and enlighten basketball fans.

To listen to this Hoops Addict Podcast click here.

Ryan McNeill
Ryan McNeill has appeared on ESPN Radio, MTV Canada, SiriusXM, The Fan 590 and other radio programs and TV shows. He has covered the NBA with media credentials since the 2007-08 season.
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    I’m writing a book on the history of basketball in New Mexico. I’d like to talk to Matt de la Pena about basketball jargon, particularly as practiced by Latinos for a few minutes.

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    He is a very cool guy. He came over to our english/writting class to talk about hs book BALL DONT LIE…I wanted the book he gave away to my classmate but I could get it so i’m going to buy it now. But I atleast got his autograph.