Ethan Lorenzo is an American guard that grew up in the Bronx, New York and currently is living in Florida. He played basketball in the marines and will be taking part at the 7th annual Howard Hoops Tour in Germany in August. He spoke to germanhoops.com about basketball.
Ethan thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how have you held up the last months through this?
I am currently located in Gainesville Florida. During this time that everyone is dealing with COVID and its’s impacts I’ve remained positive, taken the necessary safety precautions, and remain focused on my basketball training.
How have you been keeping in shape best during COVID-19? Did you make a special plan so that you could train and work on your game as best as you could despite the tough times?
During this tough time, I’ve stuck to a strict regimen of:
Skills and drills daily
dieting to maintain weight
How do you feel did COVID-19 make you stronger as a man? What have you learned about yourself that you didn’t know about earlier?
During this time I have not forgotten what I’ve learned in the Marine corps- which is to remain resilient, and focused under pressure especially during this time of uncertainty.
You are from the Bronx, New York. Talk a little about your childhood. Was it tough growing up in the Bronx. What were the biggest challenges then for you?
Growing up was kind of tough due to the restrictions my mother had on my brothers and I. One of my biggest challenges were staying out of trouble while living in a rough neighborhood.
When you were growing up who were your main basketball inspirations and how did they influence your game the most?
Growing up my main basketball inspiration was my cousin Kenny. He’s the one who first introduced me to basketball. He had a lot of influence of my game due to the fact we are both left handed.
You went to Timber Creek high school. Was this the time where you got infected by basketball? Do you remember the moment where you were hit by basketball?
Yes while I went to Timber Creek I’ve became enthralled with basketball at a younger age. The moment my father told me that my twin brother was better than me, it sparked my determination to be better.
Talk a bit about the basketball experience that you have. Did you go to college and do you have any professional experience? Please talk about the last years and what kind of experience you have had?
I do not have any college or professional experience under my belt. However I did play on different teams while enlisted in the marine corps.
How big is the chip on your shoulder in general? Have you been one of those guys that was always doubted? Has your chip on your shoulder grown over time?
The chip on my shoulder is big just because I’m trying to prove something to myself. As the tour gets closer, I feel as if it’s getting bigger. This does have much to do with people doubting me but more of self-doubt. Even though I have a chip on my shoulder I’m still going to give it 110 percent and leave it all on the court.
Let’s talk a bit about your game. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?
If I had to compare my game to any NBA player, that player would be Fred VanVleet.
What are the biggest strengths in your game and on what parts of your game have you been working on most now so you can continue to improve as a player?
Some of my biggest strengths of my game are court vision and the ability to have shot consistency. I am currently working on getting back to where I was, physically. I am also working on being a well-rounded player, as I improve on my defensive skill set..
You will be taking part at the Howard Hoops Tour in August. How excited are you to play in Germany and how hungry are you to show everyone that you have game?
I am excited to preform and showcase my talent while in Germany .
How did the contact to Howard Hoops CEO Ron Howard come about? What was the deciding moment that made you chose to play for him?
I was introduced to Ron Howard by a friend of mine. After searching up information and communicating with Mr. Howard I deiced to join his tour.
Ron Howard has a great track record of helping players find jobs. How aware are you that you have a real golden opportunity to get a job because of him?
I am well Informed and greatly appreciative of the opportunities Mr. Howard has for me.
With what kind of personal expectations are you heading into the Howard Hoops tour? What kind of player will we see in Ethan Lorenzo?
Some of my expectations going on to this tour is to preform to the best of my abilities and show the type of guard I am.
Who was the toughest player that you ever faced on the playground or in a gym that has been in the NBA?
The toughest player I ever faced in a gym would have to be Austin Rivers.
Please construct your personal NBA Mount Rushmore of 4 heads past or present.
Where were you when you heard of the death of Kobe Bryant? How did he influence you the most when you were growing up as a kid?
During Kobe Bryant’s death I was driving home from school while my mother called me and told me the news. I couldn’t believe it. Kobe Bryant had a huge impact on my life. Truly understanding Kobe mentality influenced my game.
Why isn’t Kobe mentioned in the standard conversation of who is the greatest of all-time Jordan or Lebron?
I personally believe that Kobe Bryant should be mentioned in the conversation of who is the greatest of all-time with Michael Jordan and Lebron James.
Will you be following the NBA restart? Do you feel like we could see a surprise winner this season with all the drama that has happened with COVID-19?
Yes, I will be following and keeping up to date with the NBA restart. Due to this COVID-19 incidents I believe that everyone still has an equal chance to winning.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Bad Boys for Life.
Thanks Ethan for the chat