2006 Houston All-Star Weekend
Q+A with Panney Wei, NBA TV China (Part 4 of 5)
Did you get to do anything else down in Houston while you were there?
No, I didn’t get to do anything else while I was in Houston because my schedule was jam-packed with activities and interviews every day. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Hosting NBA TV China's Our NBA.
Any down time I had, I was in bed. Getting my zzzz’s, please.
What was your daily schedule like?
I had a great producer and crew to work with so we had a schedule set every day to accomplish the footage we needed for the show: interviews, B-roll, lead-ins, everything.
Call time was about 8 or 8:30am, so after going through hair and makeup, we’d meet for breakfast and a brief meeting to go over the day’s events and interviews. Then, the first press conference would begin at 9am, where we’d get some questions in, followed by the media room where interviews with the All-Stars were being held. Now that was a fun and interesting challenge!
Then we’d be off to one of the NBA All-Star weekend’s special events like the special skills contests, watching the All-Stars practice, or the Jam Session, which was always full of kids! Somewhere in between we’d grab lunch or a quick dinner, and then head back to the stadium for the live basketball game, the Rookies vs. Sophomores, the NBA All-Star Game.
Before and after each game, we’d be waiting in the locker room to catch interviews with the All-Stars, which we were pretty successful at doing, and by the time that was over, we’d head off to a party like NBA Asian Night to get more interviews with basketball fans and ask them about Yao.
By the time we accomplished everything on our schedule, it was about midnight or 1am. And we’d be up the next morning at 7am.
What events did you attend?
I attended pretty much all the events to cover live interviews with celebrities, All-Stars, important NBA staff who showed us the ins-and-outs of how they make the NBA All-Star weekend happen, as well as other reporters.
We went to events like the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk contest, the Footlocker Three Point Shoot-out, the Playstation Skills Challenge, the T-mobile Rookie challenge, as well as the East and West All-Stars Practice. Now that was awesome!
I ran up to Shaq afterwards to catch an interview with him and I only came up to his hip. I could barely hear his voice and get my microphone to reach his chin! I couldn’t believe how tall he was in person. He’s a beast! No wonder they call him the Diesel!
Word is that you asked some players if they’d rather date Jennifer Aniston or (_______)? What did you discover?
Haha. Yes, I would ask non-threatening, fun, eye-popping questions to break the ice like “if you had to choose between Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie, who would you choose?”
So since you’re interested, the consensus is, out of all the players except Boris Diaw: Angelina Jolie, hands down. Boris thinks Jennifer is a doll, more his type. That made me laugh, 'cause he was the only one who chose her out of all of the All-Stars, rookies and sophomores, and he was quite sincere. I guess Jennifer, now that you’re on the market, Boris can give you a call.