Q&A with NBA All-Star reporter Nik Stauskas

Nik Stauskas reporting for TSN. (Photo: Adi Joseph/For The Win)

NEW ORLEANS – Nik Stauskas has improved a bit in his third NBA season, but the 76ers guard clearly is not an NBA All-Star himself. So for the second year in a row, he found another way to join the party.

Stauskas, a Toronto-area native, joined Toronto Sports Network as a field reporter from the All-Star Game again this year, after success with it last year. For The Win caught up with Stauskas on Friday night after the Rising Stars Challenge and found out a little more about his travels as a journalist.

FTW: How has your experience been this year?

Stauskas: It’s been really fun. It’s different, man, because I’m so used to being on the receiving end of the question. So now I’m asking them, getting to kick back and get their perspective about these experiences and also get to comment on how the games are going. I think I have a pretty good knowledge of basketball, and I enjoy speaking about it, so it’s a fun experience for me.

FTW: Clear-cut future profession for you when you’re done playing? Do you want to go into this?

Stauskas: We’ll see. Hopefully. I’m getting a little better at it every day, so hopefully we can keep it going.

FTW: Who came up with the idea for you to do this?

Stauskas: So TSN up in Canada, they’re the ones who reached out to me last year about this, and I worked All-Star Weekend last year, I worked the playoffs last year, and I’m back at All-Star Weekend this year. So we’ve just kind of kept that trend going, and I’m enjoying it. I can’t complain.

FTW: What’s the best question you’ve asked?

Stauskas: Ooh. You know, I went up to Gordon Hayward today and I asked – he has the exact same hair and exact same beard as me, so I asked him, “Are you copying my swag or am I copying your swag? Which one is it?” And he was like, “I’m an All-Star. I think you’re copying my swag.” So fair enough, touché.

FTW: And are you ever going to turn down a reporter who wants to ask a question again?

Stauskas: I don’t think I ever have. I’m always open to the media.

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