GG: Favorite spots in Charlotte for food and fashion?
CN: We have a very incredible mall, South Park Mall. They have many of high-end stores.
I am a foodie myself; I don’t eat meat so that kind of limits a lot. There is actually a place in Charlotte called “Bean,” a vegetarian-vegan place, and there is a burger made from seasoned soy. If you bite into it, you cannot tell me that I’m not eating a double cheeseburger with bacon. I would advise you not to open it, because it looks kind of sketchy, but close your eyes and eat it—oh my god—it tastes extremely well done.
GG: What’s blasting in your headphones before hitting the field?
CN: It all depends on the time. It’s the calm before the storm; I am a big advocate of that. I am very religious, and having my faith in being a Christian and also playing on Sundays, I have to bring in some type of gospel music to get my mind right.
As I am getting taped, going through therapy right before I take the field its kind of like the real soft motivating music that makes me think or visualize what I am expecting to do that day. When I actually go out on the field not with the team but for my own repertoire, its straight killin music—rock & roll to rap and hip hop to something that’s upbeat, fresh and urban mainstream.
GG: Favorite musicians?
CN: Diddy is going back to Puff Daddy now! He has some great music that’s coming out. Obviously Meek Mill, him and I have been partnering up. I am from Atlanta, so I can’t go far without hearing southern music from Jeezy, T.I., Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Future, the list goes on.
One of my core sponsors is Beats by Dre and I have the luxury to have great equipment while I am listening, so whether I am playing Adele, Lenny Kravitz, Beyoncé, Rihanna or Katy Perry, its blasting at a high volume.
Edited by Cary Kollins, 25 June 2014 - 06:55 PM.