Pete Carroll Twitterview

57422918Do you know what a Twitterview is? I didn’t either until about an hour after I got done doing one with USC Head Football Coach Pete Carroll. As the name would imply it’s an interview done over Twitter (if you don’t know what that is click here). It’s that simple.

Before the Lakers Game 5 peppering of the Rockets, Coach Carroll put out a message saying “going to the @lakers game tonight! will any other tweebes be there too?”

Carroll seemed excited for the game so Lakers.com reached out to see what he thought about that evening’s matchup. He was nice enough to sit with us for 30-minutes for a little Twitter back-and-forth.

Obviously the constraints of 140-characters make for a unique kind of Q & A.The purple text is Lakers.com, the cardinal text is Coach Carroll.

Hey Coach @PeteCarroll, so you’re coming to the game tonight, who are you most excited to see play?
@lakers farmar coming off the bench!

@PeteCarroll A UCLA guy? Wow… after a tough loss, what do you tell your young athletes heading into the next game?
@Lakers we’ve got to go right back to what we know… always compete and do what we do best… last game’s over, it’s about the next step

@Lakers is lamar playing?
@PeteCarroll @RealLamarOdom went through shootaround but is a gametime decision tonight

@Lakers phil is the master of game 5s… the crowd is going to bring it, it’s going to be rocking tonite… you agree?
@Lakers i hear jack is pumped for the game… yeah?
@Lakers if lamar can’t go, we expect to see kurt rambis out there

@PeteCarroll The crowd will definitely be pumped up for tonight’s game, do you caution your teams against coming out too excited?
@Lakers never–they’ve got to get as excited as they can get… feed off the crowd and the emotion

@Lakers by the way, jeanie buss is the best nba executive
@PeteCarroll Did you know that Jeanie is on Twittter too? @jeaniebuss

@PeteCarroll Who’s the best basketball player you’ve ever coached?
@Lakers best hoops player i’ve ever coached… a lot of guys would like this title… gotta go with steve smith…

@PeteCarroll Your teams come into each season with the same championship expectations as the Lakers, how do you maintain focus on that goal?
@Lakers practice is everything… the level of competition at practice on a daily basis forever makes us who we are

@Lakers just became a @jeaniebuss follower… jeanie rocks!

@PeteCarroll It seems like maintaining the guys emotion level during the playoffs is similar to the week leading up to a game, agree?
@Lakers it’s different because there’s not as much time between your games… you guys have to stay locked in for a longer period

@PeteCarroll Have you followed the Lakers for a while or just since you’ve been in LA?
@Lakers i’ve always liked the lakers, being in california… its hard to root for the warriors except when rick was there

@Lakers oh, want to send good wishes to tex winter (a trojan)… hope to see him tonite at the game… fight on to a great trojan!

@PeteCarroll Which current Laker do you think could help your program the most on the field?
@Lakers kobe–no brainer… he’s a great competitor… if he isn’t a go-to guy, then i don’t know who is
@PeteCarroll What side of the ball do you line #24 up at though?
@Lakers we’re throwing the ball to him… he’d play split end– like mike williams or jarrett — he’d be the big WR.. good for 80 balls a yr
@PeteCarroll How about 81?
@PeteCarroll #24 claims he could lineup at WR for the Eagles right now.
@Lakers i’d rather see him line up at the coliseum than lincoln financial… we got 93K… he has four years of eligibility left anyway
@Lakers they made a big deal about michael playing baseball… just think how huge it would be if kobe played for the trojans

@PeteCarroll What differences do you see in coaching between football & basketball?
@Lakers basketball’s cool because youre almost like another player… youre so close and you can make calls… it might be more fun to coach
@Lakers though i’d probably have trouble staying inside the coaching box or whatever its called

@PeteCarroll What’s your favorite part about coaching in LA?
@Lakers it’s a championship town… expectations are high and everyone’s counting on winning… its the only way to be… and the beach too

@PeteCarroll going back to an earlier comment, do you shoot your free throws like Rick Barry?
@Lakers no i shoot like hal greer

@PeteCarroll It has to be easier dealing with 15 players as opposed to 80 right?
@Lakers it’s just way different… you have an opportunity to get to know 15 guys better than the 105 we have

@PeteCarroll Did @ABetterLA have anything to do with Baron Davis’ new movie?
@Lakers no, @ABetterLA didnt but anything to create awareness for the good is awesome

@PeteCarroll Which NBA player would you compare your hoops game too?
@Lakers i think dominique wilkins once said “you lose your hops but you never lose your J”… and my hops left me a long time ago
@Lakers i wish i could be like ginobili though
@Lakers but in reality i’m more like a “hondo” type of player
@PeteCarroll at least you’ve still got the J. Thanks for joining us today Coach, maybe we’ll catch up with ya courtside tonight.
@Lakers good luck tonight, tear em up!

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