After our recent pedicure interview, Martell Webster shared his thoughts on the experience.
“My feet look exactly the same as when I came in here,” he said, as seen in the video above. “I never see the difference because my feet are so ugly, but you know what? I don’t care. I’m comfortable with myself and who I am. And I have terrible feet, and I’m still going to wear Birkenstocks.”
Birkenstocks. Did I mention Webster spends the offseason in Portland?
Here are a few more Webster nuggets that didn’t make it into the story.
On being smart with his money:
“There’s a fine line between not having concerns, and being careless with your money. In the moment, when the money’s coming in and you have a steady income, and in this job you can make great money, so it doesn’t matter then. But if you’re not taking care of your money while you’re in the moment, later you’re going to find yourself struggling. It’s a testament to a lot of guys who have come through this league, not just in this league but football, baseball – if you’re not managing your money well and doing smart things, then you can find yourself on the losing end once it’s all said and done.”
On going into the NBA right out of high school:
“If I had to do it all over again, I’d go to college, because that’s a social void that I will never get back.
“After my second year in the league, I went to a business 101 drop-in class and got a 98. My perspective on everything changed. In high school, it was like, ‘Okay, I’m going to do just what I need to get by and pass.’ And that got me through. But when I got that grade as an adult it felt good. It was like, ‘I can do this.’”
On interacting with his fans through social media:
“It’s important. I think it’s important. It lets you know that we’re not just well-tuned machines that come out and play a game of basketball and entertain you. We actually have souls and we have voices.
“I’m human. I like to have conversations, that’s what humans do. And interacting is not something I feel like I’m obligated to do. It’s something I like to do. For me, if someone says something I don’t like or I don’t agree with, I’m gonna say something to you on Twitter. Because I think, for one, I have the right. And two, you don’t even know me. You’re going to judge me as a human based on my performance in a game? Is that fair at all? Where is the reason in that?”
On why more NBA players don’t interact with fans on Twitter:
“It’s something that has been perpetrated by the front office of the NBA, telling us not to do that. So basically, [they’re] telling us that we need to be above other people in society because [we’re] better than that. Better than what? What am I better than?”
On enjoying his NBA career:
“People remember experiences. Those will last a hell of a lot longer than your stat line.”