Ross talks Toronto, basketball, his teammates and more!

Earlier this afternoon, Terrence Ross took part in an Ask Me Anything (AMA) segment on Reddit. He was kind enough to answer a few of the thousands of questions lobbed his way. It’s quite a fantastic AMA segment, so I highly suggest that you follow the link above, but if you’re just interested in the good stuff, I’ve compiled his answers below.

Questions from Raptors Republic Readers

Last week, I offered to ask some questions on behalf of RR readers who weren’t able to participate in real-time. Luckily, Trey Rosay was good enough to answer most of our questions!

Q: You and Paul George fit similar physical (athleticism, height, wingspan) and skill (can shoot, stingy defense). Do you see PG as an apt comparison for yourself going forward?

A: Ya, we’re kinda similar in our game. We’re a little different, but for the most part we’re similar.

Q: Who talks on D? Who is the most vocal and who calls out the opposing team’s plays?

A: Kyle Lowry. Always. Before every play I ask him, ‘yo what they running?’. Usually the team come down the court, Lowry will recognize the play and call out what they’re doing.

Q: How do you best avoid the women who hang out in hotel lobbies waiting for NBA players (gold-diggers). Did any of the vets advise you in this matter? (I can’t believe he actually answered this one.)

A: That’s a myth…that’s never happened. There’s so much security now.

Relating to Basketball

Q: Who do you think is best at setting picks in the NBA, and why is it Amir Johnson?

A: Best at setting picks is Kevin Garnett because he sets illegal screens but he never gets caught. He’ll literally hold you and you can’t get around him.

Q: Do you have a list of players you plan or wish to posterize?

A: I wish to posterize anybody over 7 foot

Q: If you could play a pickup game of 2on2 with any NBA player (past or present) who would it be?

A: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron and me

Q: T-Ross! What has happened this season that has led to your improvement?

A: Probably the off season last year and I think the Rudy Gay trade. (OMG HE SAID IT!)

Q:Did you prepare dunks for the dunk contest that you were not able to perform?

A: Yes there were two dunks I wanted to do, but never got a chance to. Maybe I’ll do them in warm ups…

Q: Who’s on your NBA Mount Rushmore?

A: MJ, Shaq, Kobe, Phil Jackson

Related to the City of Toronto and the Toronto Raptors

Q: What is Coach Casey’s biggest pet peeve?

A: Coach hates one handed passes. Doesn’t matter if it’s a good pass or a turnover. He hates them

Q: Favorite thing about Toronto? Funniest player in the locker room?

A: My favourite (Canadian spelling!) thing about Toronto is the fan support. Everyone you go you get love, so that’s always nice. The funniest guy on the team was DeMar, but now it’s Psycho T

Q: What is your favourite restaurant in Toronto?

A: Jacobs

Q: We all know you can make it rain, and throw it down like a mad man, but what are some things about your game that you’re trying to develop?

A: I’m working on the pick-and-roll

Q: Who do you want as a first-round match-up in the playoff?

A: I want Brooklyn, personally

Q: How did you improve your shooting so much since last year?

A: Towards the middle of last season, I got with the shooting coach every day for an hour after practice. I would just get up shots and it changed my shot. I did the same thing over the summer time, and I’ve been doing the same thing ever since.

Q: On a scale of Mugsy Bouges to Vince carter how excited are you to wear the throwback jerseys next year?

A: On the scale…Charles Oakley!

Q: According to 2k, I always hear that DeMar DeRozan dips his hands in Parafin wax before games; have you ever tried doing it and if so does it actually help?”

A: He does it before every game. I don’t do it every day but I do it when I’m bored in the locker room before games sometimes.


Q: How did it feel to score 51 points in only your second year in the NBA?

A: The 51 pt game felt like a pickup game. It felt like we were just playing for fun with a bunch of pros and we were going bucket for bucket. It was the kind of game that people don’t usually get to see, but this time it happened during the season.

Q: Have you ever had a moment of being “star struck” in the NBA?

A: Guarding Kobe. I had to guard him, it was in Toronto, and in my head I was like ‘OMG I’m guarding Kobe!’ and as soon as I thought that, he put up a 3. It was deep too.

Q: What’s your high score on Flappy Bird?

A: 76!

Q: First time you dunked?

A: 7th grade. I was 13 in a travel ball game, and ever since then I fell in love with dunking.

Q: Hey, who are your best friends in NBA and in the Raptors?

A: Terrence Jones. We’re super close because we grew up together.

Q: If you weren’t playing professional basketball, what would you be doing?

A: I would be trying to get my degree in Criminology and then work in forensic science. I was really good in school, especially during college. I was on it. I got a 3.7 GPA. I was killing it.

wall hole

Q: What’s the story behind this hole in your wall

A: Haha! yes! It was Qunicy Acy fault. I beat him in a game of 2k and he kicked a hole in my wall.

On Vince Carter

Q: Were you a Vince Carter fan growing up?

A: Vince Carter is my favourite dunker growing up. He is the sole reason I ever knew about Toronto Raptors as a kid.

Q: Hey Terrence, do you think they should retire Vince Carter’s jersey in Toronto?

A: Honestly, YES! they should retire his jersey simply because he put toronto on the map. he did a lot for this city and this franchise, so STOP BOOING HIM!

On his Undying Love for Kyle Lowry

Q: If you have to pick one current teammate to play alongside you for the rest of your NBA career, who would it be?

A: Kyle Lowry. He’s the perfect point guard. I wish he was five inches taller and had a little bit more bounce!!

Q: Who’s the one teammate on the Raptors you look up to for leadership?

A: Kyle Lowry because he’s the smartest guy on the team. He makes the biggest impact on the games.

  • Dave Smith

    That was such a good AMA. I love that he was willing to answer everyone’s questions. Sounds like a great guy…

  • jjdynomite

    It’s amusing when guys like Ross who were in primary school when it all went down think fans should stop boo-ing Carter, let alone retire his jersey. Other than that, props to him connecting with fans in this matter — something Wince never did.

    • tonious35

      I pretty much forgave Vince since it all ended for him in Orlando around 2010 (bitterness extended when he beat us in the 2007 Playoffs though). When thinking back to all of the Vince hatred I had, it was really the entire fault of the front office and ownership not putting enough accountability and standards of responsibility on all the players including Vince and on themselve to succeed every season. Not just Rob Bab(dick,penis,pecker)cock and his atrocious drafting and the Carter trade, but also Grunwald’s terrible drafting between MoPete and Bosh (Bradley and Jeffries (OMFG!), passed on Zach Randolph). Retire Carter’s Jersey please, it’s on our current team and management that we keep up our good karma.

    • illmatic

      And how old were u when carter left? 18? 20? That would make u 30 by now – if ur a 30 year old and still holding a 10 year old grudge over sports u need to rethink your life

      • Andrius

        Shots fired!

      • jjdynomite

        Unfortunately I’m a fair bit older than 30. However, maybe due to my age I understand that it’s not particularly ethical — although for some reason glorified in this instant gratification culture — to reward poor and uncontrite behaviour.

        Ross is young and didn’t grow up in Toronto so he is entitled to gloss over the issues, but I lived through the Carter saga as an adult and saw how utterly coddled he (and his Mom) was by Raptors management and his ridiculous self-entitled behaviour that was permitted by star-struck fans and MLSE employees. Which finally of course made itself clear on the court with his insolent behaviour in the end.

        LeBron and Melo played their asses off even though they were half-way out the door in Cleveland and Denver, be we have to forgive Carter because he won the dunk contest and put the Raptors on the map? This lack of self-regard is why Toronto is a second-class city in many respects.

        You same morons who want to retire his jersey would probably vote for Ford again because he likes to party.

        • redrap

          Gotta say .. your unflinching position on this topic-in-general nudges me towards .. respect of a sort. And kind of makes me laugh. I still dislike (large) booing anyone who did wear or currently wears our colours — Vince is a different story, yes but that said, it’d be cool if everybody, all together, just stopped with it, totally (imo) — but .. ya.

    • RJKB

      Carters jersey ahould be retired. The Raps nver made a serious effort to build around him and Babcock one pf worst GMs on NBA history. The situation here was awful. The man gave us like our only history ever. Seriously get over it dude you’re embarrassing Toronto sports fans

    • Julia Bell

      So Ross can’t have an opinion ????? But you can just saying defending my family !!

  • Billy who

    Billy don’t you have to get somebody at the Score some coffee ? It’s gonna be a real bitch when somebody takes your research and puts their name on it , don’t get pouty and smile a lot .

    Learning to eat shit and smile is a big part of your job right now , enjoy it. Good article.

  • Frazzle.

    What a man.

  • Icarus Descending

    What a great guy, so chill.

  • rapierraptor

    And now we all know that Terrance Ross is not only better than us at basketball but also much cooler.

  • j bean

    Sounds like the chemistry on the team is fantastic.
    Just watched the Bulls thump Houston. With the way the Nets, Bulls and Raps are playing,the east could be a lot harder to get out of than the Heat and Pacers anticipated.

    • jakdripr

      lol I know right, you can even toss charlotte into that list. I still expect an indiana vs miami conference finals, but both teams might get pushed to 6 maybe even 7 games before then.

  • john

    He probably has the best written grammar of NBA player I’ve ever seen.

    • DDayLewis

      Oh I cleaned it up. Shit was awful.

      • hamzah

        cant tell if trolling

        • Ballislife

          He’s trolling. That’s exactly how Ross wrote

          • DDayLewis

            I mostly edited it for spelling.

      • GLF

        LOL Well that’s sad after he said he got a 3.7 GPA in school.

        • Julia Bell

          I is really sad and my heart feels for a second to read what you little boys has to bash T Ross as one of his family member I just wanted to remind you dumbie that “T” Will never read are even hear are feel what you lonely lost soul has to say so with that being said go get yourself a job a husband are maybe even a KITTY CAT because a wife are a dog will be too STRONG for you too handle so bye HELLO KITTY

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  • morgan c

    Um, I think Masai should probably try to sign Kyle Lowry?

  • john

    Sometimes I have a moment where I realize the relative silliness of being 25+ and giving a shit what a 21 year-old’s opinion is off the court.

    • ezz_bee

      Sometimes I have a moment where I realize the relative silliness of being 30+ and giving a shit what a 21 year-old’s opinion is off the court.


    Hansbrough is the funniest on the team? lol everytime i see him he always looks mad cant imagine him crackin jokes.

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