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‘Zo ZOOMs with Rickey Paulding

Mizzou News for Wednesday, May 27

‘Zo ZOOMs with Mizzou Legend, Rickey Paulding

In case you haven’t checked it out yet, on the newest episode of Zoom with Zo, Cuonzo Martin (with special guest Mark Smith) talked with Mizzou legend Ricky Paulding, who’s currrently in Germany! After talking about about how he and his family are doing over in Europe, they got down to business.

Cuonzo got to talking about longevity, since Paulding, if you weren’t aware, has played for same team- EWE Baskets Oldenburg, since 2007 when he was 25. Now 37 (almost 38) years of age, he was averaging 15.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists a game when the season was cut short at 20 games (it resumes next month with no spectators). Looking at his stats, that’s on par with his highest points average (16.0 in 2016-17), and he’s still playing about 30 minutes a game, most on the team. Damn, Rickey!

When asked how he’s prepared and maintained his body for his extensive time in professional basketball, Paulding said:

I think it all started when I was at Mizzou. Really learning how to prepare my body for a season, and learning what I need to work on. I think I’ve carried that over in my professional career. Especially in the summer...

When asked (by Mark) what advice he would give himself now if he could talk to his younger self, Paulding had this to say:

My past is my past, but for me, I was caught up in making it to the NBA, so I passed up some pretty good opportunities, especially overseas. Good teams, and good money. Early on in my career, I pursued the NBA harder than I should have. Now, I’ll still pursue it, but I’d be more open to overseas opportunities.

My favorite part? Mark mentioned that Paulding was part of some winning teams at Mizzou— an Elite 8, for one — and asked what being part of a winning culture was like so he could relay it to the team, who’s focused in on their goals for this coming season (love to hear it). Paulding said:

It started at the top with Coach Q (Quin Snyder). We knew we were talented but had to put in the work. We bought in to how to prepare for the season and finish games, and we were committed to doing what it takes to be successful. This meant not hanging out, not staying up all night, and taking care of my body. Once you buy in, you start to see it develop and you don’t want to let each other down.

I highly encourage you to check it out. These ZOOM videos are really great, and I love to see Cuonzo connecting with former players. Shortened version here: (full video linked above)

Links to previous ZOOM with ZO:

Now, on to the links we go! It was a VERY light news day, y’all.

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