Why are you playing in the Pro-Am? I just wanted to stay a little bit fresh. Get my legs running up and down the court for a few games and stay connected to the community and work on my game and keep getting better.
Magic teammate Dwight Howard had a breakout season, including a lot of vicious dunks. How much did you have to do with his year? I gave up my body in practice every day. It was my job in practice not to let him dunk. Things come so easy in the course of a game for him. I think he has more skills than people give him credit for. But when you can dunk like that.
So he never dunked on you in practice? Oh, no. I fouled him. [Laughs.]
You became a U.S. citizen last year and you are very involved politically. Have you voted yet? Yeah, it was extraordinary. I voted in the Florida primary. It was the first time in my adult life I voted. I don’t think there is anything more liberating than that experience.
Who are you backing for president? Barack Obama. Not many people have been able to activate the young people. He has created an enthusiasm about politics.