Trevor Booker leaves Wizards with final cereal interview


(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

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.

But he also loves cereal. I’ve written about this several times. I talked to him about his favorite cereals. And I had him critique a terrible list of top cereals, which he handled with aplomb.

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.

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.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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