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Alexis Ajinca, Pom Frites and My Little Pony


The Charlotte Observer posted a nice article on Bobcats rookie and resident french import Alexis Ajinca today. In they talk about him needing to put on some weight but being longer than advertised

He is the tallest player on the court at Trask Coliseum, where the Charlotte Bobcats hold training camp. He is listed at 7-feet, same as Ryan Hollins. But when they stand next to each other, Ajinca (ah-JIN-sa) clearly is taller. Somebody is lying.

“I am 7-1,” says Ajinca.

He is 7-2, say the Bobcats.

He weighs 220 pounds and has calves as narrow as golf tees. His legs are so long he seems to cover the court in five easy steps. He moves as gracefully, as fluidly and as quickly as a man a foot shorter.

We find out about his search for French food

Ajinca was thrilled to learn there's a French restaurant in Charlotte. Brown says they'll go together. Brown will show off by ordering, in French, a baguette.

Ajinca is adjusting to local cuisine. He says that while there is fast food where he's from, it isn't everywhere. He's accustomed to fresh food, to every meal being a meal. But he eats fast food once a week or every two weeks.

And we get his feelings on having to wear a My Little Pony backpack for the entirety of training camp ( courtesy of Jason Richardson )

That's him wearing the aqua “My Little Pony” backpack whose character comes with a mane of pink hair. Charlotte star Jason Richardson stopped at Target on Monday morning, went to aisle F-53 and bought two $15.99 backpacks for the rookies. Augustin received a “Little Miss Giggles” red one with white polka dots.

The rookies are required to wear them almost everywhere.

“It's got some hair from the pony and a brush for the hair,” says Ajinca, smiling, which he does frequently. “I'm a rookie so I can do nothing.”

We find out about his search for French food

Ajinca was thrilled to learn there's a French restaurant in Charlotte. Brown says they'll go together. Brown will show off by ordering, in French, a baguette.

Ajinca is adjusting to local cuisine. He says that while there is fast food where he's from, it isn't everywhere. He's accustomed to fresh food, to every meal being a meal. But he eats fast food once a week or every two weeks.



And we get his feelings on having to wear a My Little Pony backpack for the entirety of training camp ( courtesy of Jason Richardson )

That's him wearing the aqua “My Little Pony” backpack whose character comes with a mane of pink hair. Charlotte star Jason Richardson stopped at Target on Monday morning, went to aisle F-53 and bought two $15.99 backpacks for the rookies. Augustin received a “Little Miss Giggles” red one with white polka dots.

The rookies are required to wear them almost everywhere.

“It's got some hair from the pony and a brush for the hair,” says Ajinca, smiling, which he does frequently. “I'm a rookie so I can do nothing.”

 
 

 

 






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