I spent some time with Trevor Booker during his first Summer League appearance with the Wizards, and talked to him a number of times since then. He is — and the Wizards media corps would agree — one of the most thoughtful and interesting people you will talk to in D.C. sports. He might not always have shared his personality with the world, but — at least in casual encounters and back hallway conversations — he’s about as solid a guy as you could find.
Booker is leaving D.C. now. He’s leaving with grace, which is probably why die-hard fans and teammates are so sorry to see him go, regardless of basketball justifications.
I would like to thank my teammates and the fans of DC for four great years in Washington. Thank you again for your support, I’ll def miss u
— Trevor Booker (@35_Fitz) July 15, 2014
— kevin seraphin (@kevin_seraphin) July 15, 2014
But he isn’t leaving without one final interview about breakfast cereal. He talked to Monumental Network’s Casey Phillips — now another ex-employee — about breakfast cereal, and it was as magical as the previous discussions. A transcript.
Phillips: Something that was always kind of unique about you that a lot of people talked about this year was the love of cereal. This is a very serious matter, clearly. Talk about this love of cereal and why you seem to be so into it.
Booker: Just growing up, I just always ate cereal, no matter the time of day. My brothers did the same thing. We just loved cereal. I probably eat as much as 20 bowls a week, maybe.
Phillips: You eat almost three bowls of cereal a day?
Booker: Yeah. One bowl, to me, is a little small bowl, but when I eat cereal, I pour like half the box in there, so that equals three or four bowls in itself.
Phillips: You like kids-type cereal? [Or] there’s the grown-up, healthy cereal?
Booker: All kinds of cereal. Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, Cocoa Pebbles, Frosted Mini Wheats, Frosted Flakes, Corn Flakes, everything.
Phillips: I was gonna say, so far I hadn’t heard any of that grown-up cereal that I mentioned.
Booker: Like Honey Bunches of Oats?
Phillips: Yeah, anything like that.
Booker: I have two boxes of those. But they’ve been up there for at least a month.
Phillips: You think you could taste a bunch of different kinds of cereal and probably already know blindfolded what it is?
Booker: Oh yeah, definitely. Easily.
Phillips: How do you not have a cereal sponsorship at this point? How has that not happened?
Booker: I’m wondering the same thing. Maybe they haven’t heard yet.
They’ll hear, Trevor. They will hear.