The NBA Twitter account spent a day with Charlotte Hornets rookie Malik Monk yesterday, providing brief snippets of Monk showing off his newly purchased and unfurnished home, and asking him about the upcoming season.
Called, #ADayWithMalik, the campaign is one of a few the NBA has done with rookies this summer.
Short videos were posted throughout the day of Monk at his new house in Charlotte and shooting around at a nearby court.
If we’re being honest, the videos don’t reveal a whole lot, and I’m curious as to whether it was part of some bigger segment that will air later on this season. What we received was one part MTV Cribs and one part Inside the NBA, but without any serious editing.
As you see in the video, Monk literally just moved into his house. There’s little furniture, so he has to show off a mostly bare house and a poster of himself that was on display at the NCAA tournament.
We move on to touring Monk’s bedroom and bathroom, which again, are devoid of furniture.
We do get a peak at his shoe collection, which apparently is much larger than what he has on display. It’s a solid collection, and suggests Monk is a a bit of a sneaker head.
After showing off his bathroom and admitting he doesn’t take baths, they move on to discussing Monk’s older brother, who played both professional football and basketball.
For a bit more context, Monk’s older brother Marcus played college football at Arkansas. He was a 7th round draft pick by the Chicago Bears in 2008, but spent three seasons in the NFL on practice team squads with the Bears, New York Giants, and Carolina Panthers.
Malik mentions his brother went on to play pro basketball in Germany. He spent two seasons overseas, first with Hertener Lowen, and then with the Gotha Rockets. He won the league title with Gotha in 2011-12, and received player of the year honors after averaging 15.3 points and 7.9 rebounds that season.
It appears Marcus will be living with Malik, which should help with his transition into professional life.
Monk moves on to discussing his reaction on draft night, and what it meant to his mother and himself.
He then shows off his brother’s room, which unlike the rest of the house, is fully furnished.
They move outside, where Monk calls his summer “terrible” since he was hurt and unable to play or workout.
Monk adds he returned to Charlotte 2-3 weeks ago, and is running to get in shape and “learning a lot.”
Asked about his goals, Monk reiterates he wants to win Rookie of the Year, which he said shortly after being drafted.
He’s then asked who he wants to play against this season.
Monk mentions fellow rookies Jayson Tatum and De’Aaron Fox, along with stars LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, and other players he idolized growing up.
That’s always interesting to think about. Like many of us, Monk has grown up watching these players. Now he’s playing against them.
The segment ends with him saying goodbye à la MTV Cribs.
It isn’t the most exciting series, but it’s the most we’ve seen of Monk since draft night, and it is cool to see the NBA spotlight the Hornets rookie.
As reported on earlier, Monk polled well in the NBA rookies poll, finishing second in the “best shooter” category, tied for fourth in “most athletic” and receiving votes for Rookie of the Year.
Despite missing summer activities, expectations are relatively high. With just over a month remaining before preseason, we won’t have to wait too long to actually see him in action.