1. 11 Year Old Basketball Star Julian Newman Interview 02/28/13

11 Year Old Basketball Star Julian Newman Interview 02/28/13

Julian is a basketball phenom from Florida, but even he isn't crazy about LeBron James.

Transcript:

My next guest is 4'5" but he's giant on the basketball court.
At just 11 years old, he's the star point guard on his high school's varsity basketball team.
He's ranked number one in the state of Florida in assists.
Please welcome from Orlando, Julian handles Newman.
\[Cheers and applause]
Julian, thank you for being here.
JULIAN HANDLES NEWMAN: Thank you.
CONAN: Yeah, you flew all the way in from Florida.
That was very nice of you.
Congratulations.
These videos of you are extraordinary.
How old are you?
JULIAN HANDLES NEWMAN: 11.
CONAN: How old were you when you started?
JULIAN HANDLES NEWMAN:  3.
CONAN: And how did you get the nickname handles?
JULIAN HANDLES NEWMAN:  They started calling me that because I can dribble the ball well.
CONAN: I'm called handles because of a layer of fat above --
it's not as great.
You're 11 years old now, fifth grade and you're on the varsity team.
That's complete apply unheard of.
What position do you play?
Point guard.
I lead the state in assists and second in the country.
CONAN: That's incredible.
That's absolutely incredible.
Now, you are 4'5".
How tall are your teammates?
JULIAN HANDLES NEWMAN:  5 '9" and 6'4".
CONAN: Sometimes you're playing against guys that are 6'4".
JULIAN HANDLES NEWMAN:  6'7".
CONAN: You played against a guy that's 6'7"?
What is your strategy.
JULIAN HANDLES NEWMAN: Just dash by them with my quickness.
CONAN: That works for me.
We have a picture of you with your team.
Check this picture out.
[APPLAUSE]
That's a great picture.
Julian, did they -- do they have a uniform that fit you when it was time to pick out a uniform for the varsity team?
JULIAN HANDLES NEWMAN: I had to roll it up like this with hair ties.
CONAN: You're using hair ties.
JULIAN HANDLES NEWMAN: I had to roll up my shorts.
CONAN: But it works.
It doesn't matter.
Is your family tall?
You're obviously going to get a growth spurt.
Is there a chance for you to be 6'3"?
JULIAN HANDLES NEWMAN: Uncle Keith he's 6'2".
He's the tallest.
CONAN: Doesn't sound like you need it.
I don't think you need height.
You have speed, the moves.
And you have a cyster that plays?
JULIAN HANDLES NEWMAN: Yes.
CONAN: Older or younger.
JULIAN HANDLES NEWMAN: Younger.
CONAN: Do you worry about her?
JULIAN HANDLES NEWMAN: No.
CONAN: Why don't you worry about her?
JULIAN HANDLES NEWMAN: Well, because she's a girl.
[APPLAUSE]
JULIAN HANDLES NEWMAN: I am no longer in trouble.
I am no longer in trouble.
CONAN: You and Kunal are both sleeping on the couch.
KUNA:  I can go home to my wife.
CONAN: Do you ever trash talk on the court?
You're such a sweet, nice kid.
But do you trash talk when you get intense?
JULIAN HANDLES NEWMAN: No.
Not really.
CONAN: I like that -- good sportsmanship I think is important.
I would if I were you.
What is your team record?
JULIAN HANDLES NEWMAN: 21-6.
CONAN: Who's your favorite NBA players of all time?
JULIAN HANDLES NEWMAN: Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant.
CONAN: Oh, you like Kobe Bryant.
That's interesting.
What about LeBron since you're from Florida?
That's OK.
LeBron not so much but Kobe.
We heard that you had never been to a Lakers game, right?
JULIAN HANDLES NEWMAN: Yeah.
CONAN: We're sending you to one tonight.
You're going to see a Lakers game.
[Cheers and applause]