Chat with Danny Granger
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, Indiana Pacers forward and leading scorer, Danny Granger, will stop by to chat about his NBA experience. Granger has led the Pacers in scoring over the past two seasons averaging 22.7 points.
Granger is the newest spokesperson for EAS, a sports nutrition company aimed at creating products that are a part of the NFL/NFLPA Sports Nutrition Label Certification Program, which ensures the products do not contain any banned substances. Granger joins other athletes such as Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald on the EAS team.
Send your questions now and join Granger on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. ET!
Danny Granger (3:16 PM)
I'm ready. let's do it!
Why did you join EAS?
Danny Granger (3:17 PM)
The reason I joined EAS is because I'm always focused on nutrition as part of my daily regiment. I've always used their products so I thought it was only natural for me to join team EAS.
Larry San Antonio, TX)
Are you the first NBA player to represent EAS?
Danny Granger (3:18 PM)
I'm the second NBA athlete to represent EAS. Ben Gordon was the first.
Casey sewall [via mobile]
What was the hardest thing about preparing your self for the NBA season? How has EAS helped you out?
Danny Granger (3:20 PM)
The hardest thing is preparing your body for the NBA season. By the end of the season, your body is so worn down form all the physical play. EAS helps replenish and rebuild what I put out.
Why do you wear the number 33?
Danny Granger (3:21 PM)
I wear number 33 because I was a huge Bulls fan growing up. My cousin Mike wanted wanted to be like Jordan and whore 23, so I took 33 to be like Scottie.
Chris cummings Hampton south Carolina [via mobile]
How did it feel to be named to your first all star game?
Danny Granger (3:22 PM)
It was a great accomplishment. It was a great honor to play on that big stage and take part in all the activities. It was a great experience.
If given the option, what would be your thoughts on Ron Artest rejoining the Pacers??
Danny Granger (3:24 PM)
I've been good friends with Ron for a long time and personally I would love to play with him. He's a great defensive player and I think he will bring a lot to our team despite his past history here.
J Hash (Los Angeles, Ca) [via mobile]
Who is the hardest person for you to guard in the NBA? Who is the best defender that you have played against?
Danny Granger (3:25 PM)
The best defender, I would have to say is Kobe Bryant. The hardest player for me to guard is LeBron James. He's almost impossible to guard.
Matt Ferreol (Virginia Beach, Va.)
What was it like when you first saw a fan wearing your jersey?
Danny Granger (3:26 PM)
(Laughing) It was my rookie year right after I got drafted. It was a great feeling. I made it a point to go sign his jersey because it was so cool to me at that moment.
Drew (Columbus, IN) [via mobile]
Danny! Huge fan! Congrats on a well-deserved MIP award! What do you think about the addition of Tyler Hansbrough to the Pacers?
Danny Granger (3:27 PM)
Thanks! I think Tyler brings us a hard nose presence, he's a physical player and he's a champion.
Anthony Akron Ohio [via mobile]
What excites you the most about playing against lebron and the best individual players in the NBA.
Danny Granger (3:28 PM)
I think to be the best you have to play against the best. Whenever I play against a higher level of competition, that's when I play my best and I always look forward to those games.
Rick (New Hampshire)
Hey Danny, what do you think you guys need to do as a team to make the playoffs this season?
Danny Granger (3:29 PM)
I think we as a team need to commit to playing better defense and that will push us into the playoffs.
Do you expect to have Jarret Jack back as our point guard?
Danny Granger (3:30 PM)
I expect we will resign him. I'm sure both parties are in talks now and I would love to have him back running our offense.
Did you know your brother was going to be on Wipe Out before he competed? And, could you have beat him?
Danny Granger (3:32 PM)
(Laughing) Of course I did. He completed recording the show about two months before it aired. And yes I can beat my little brother.
What's your favorite place in Indy to eat? How about when you're on the road?
Danny Granger (3:33 PM)
My favorite place to eat in Indianapolis is Sullivan's Steakhouse. On the road it depends on which city I'm in but I like P.F. Chang's and the Cheesecake Factory.
What are your favorite NBA arenas to play in?
Danny Granger (3:34 PM)
I love the Garden in New York, the Staples in Los Angeles, and my home court Conseco Fieldhouse.
How did the passing of Michael Jackson affect you?
Danny Granger (3:35 PM)
It was very disheartening. I'm a huge fan, I've been listening to him my entire life. He is and always will be a global icon and he will be deeply missed.
SteveFitz (Cicero, IL)
Danny, give us 5 current players you'd have in your fav 5 and 5 former players you'd have in your fav 5.
Danny Granger (3:36 PM)
Current players in my Fav 5 would be ...Derrick Rose, Rudy Gay, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and Amare Stoudemire. Former players in my Fav 5 would be ...Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Larry Bird, Shawn Kemp, and Magic Johnson.
Danny Granger (3:37 PM)
Thanks you for all the great questions. Hope to do with again soon.