Wall Street Journal
Mayor Has Draft Fever
By BEN COHEN
JUNE 22, 2011
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Of Cory Booker’s one million Twitter followers, only one is a Newark native who’s expected to be selected in the first round of Thursday’s NBA draft in the Prudential Center.
That’s Kenneth Faried, the Morehead State forward who played for Technology High School, and he’s been tweeting back and forth with the Newark mayor in the last two weeks. “It’s one of those things that gives you a lot of pride,” Booker said of the local flavor in this draft. “It just adds to the magic of it.” Or, as Booker recently tweeted at his constituent: “You have SO MUCH hometown Love!”
The 6-foot-3 mayor, a former tight end at Stanford, admitted that he doesn’t watch as much basketball as he would like. He played in high school, but he claims now that he holds only one record: most fouls.
He said it wasn’t until he took a Rhodes Scholarship that he really established his bonafides on the hardwood.
“I’m the only mayor in America who was the starting member of a national championship team,” Booker said. “The problem is that it was the British national championship, when I was at Oxford. We beat Cambridge in the final.”