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Real Gauchos


REAL GAUCHOS. 50 1-hr interviews with people who've done cool stuff. Hosted by Paul Rivas on KCSB 91.9 FM in 2011-13. Free on realgauchos.com + iTunes Podcasts.

Aug 1, 2013

Paul Rivas interviews Orlando Johnson on growing up in Seaside, California, trying all sports (even rollerskating), not playing year-round basketball until his senior year of high school, being raised by his two brothers, getting 13 NCAA Division I basketball scholarship offers and going to Loyola Marymount, choosing to leave LMU when the coach who recruited him got fired after his freshman year, how his brothers decided he would attend UCSB, having to sit out a year, what kind of player he is, winning two consecutive Big West Championships with UCSB and playing in two NCAA tournaments, why he didn't leave for the NBA after his junior season, how he graduated with a degree in sociology, life as an elite student-athlete, the Indiana Pacers paying $3,000,000 to get him with the 36th pick in the NBA Draft, life in Indiana, adjusting to playing in the NBA, working on his game, becoming a lock-down defender, wanting a piece of Derrick Rose or whomever, not stopping until he's the best player in the league, appreciating the friendship of people who aren't basketball players, saving his money, and his message to UCSB student-athletes.