Casper Ware Interview: Ware Discusses His Career at Long Beach State, Playing for the 76ers, Learning From Jason Richardson & Ballin' Internationally
I had the privilege to briefly speak with former Long Beach State star, Casper Ware, at the Super 16 Round of The Basketball Tournament (TBT) in Brooklyn, New York. Ware, who had brief stints with the Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards in 2014 and 2016, respectively, took his talents to Australia last season where he starred for the Melbourne United of the National Basketball League (NBL); earning 2017 All-NBL First Team honors. Still only 27 years old, the undersized point guard who has made a career out of defying odds has one more to scratch off his bucket list - another NBA contract. Get your money bro!
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Jeffrey Kee: How’d you first get introduced to basketball?
Casper Ware: My father, Casper Sr., is the person who first introduced me to the game. He played ball himself and was a very respected player throughout Los Angeles. He didn’t play professionally, but he’s a legend in the Drew League and used to go up against NBA players all the time. My passion for basketball comes from him.
Kee: Talk about your career at Long Beach State a little bit.
Ware: I had a great four year career at Long Beach State. My freshman year started off a little bit slow, but I started to get more minutes as a sophomore. My last two years is when I really started to take off. As a junior, I won the Big West Player of the Year Award and Defensive Player of the Year. Then as a senior, I was named Player of the Year again and we made the NCAA Tournament, so I was able to get a lot of national exposure, which helped skyrocket my professional career.
Kee: After college, you signed on to play for the Philadelphia 76ers. What was that experience like?
Ware: Playing for the Sixers was a great experience. To be able to play at the highest level was a dream come true and it’s something I’ll never forget.
I wasn’t there for long, but I was able to form relationships with guys like Michael Carter-Williams, who was also a rookie at the time, Thaddeus Young and Jason Richardson. I was able to learn a lot from Jason. He taught me things like how to present myself, how to prepare for games and to always conduct myself in a professional manner.
Kee: I know you had a small stint with the Washington Wizards after that, but since then you’ve been playing overseas. Which countries have you played in and which one has been most enjoyable?
Ware: I played in Australia this past season. Before that I played in Germany, Italy and France. I’d say Australia has been the best so far because I was able to adapt to the culture much easier since everyone speaks English. Also, the style of basketball that they play over there fits my game very well.
Kee: Off the court, what are some things about you that a lot of people don’t know?
Ware: I love to bowl. I’m actually very good, but I’m still a better basketball player than bowler. Other than that, I’m just a chill guy. Very relaxed and laid back.
Kee: Do you play NBA 2K?
Ware: Not really. Every once in a while. When I do play I like to use the Wizards.
Kee: What are your plans for next season? Where will you be playing?
Ware: Right now I’m just waiting it out to see what my options are. Of course, my number one goal is to always make it back to the NBA, but there are opportunities available all over the world. I just have to determine which one will be best for my career.
Kee: You’re still very young, but have you given any thought into what you’ll do when your playing days are over?
Ware: I’ll probably get into coaching. I love working with kids and with my experiences, I think I’d be great at helping them reach their full potential as players.