Renaissance man Boris Diaw’s goal someday: Travel to space

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There aren’t guys around the NBA like Boris Diaw.

Not just because of his versatile on-court game, or the fact he has a coffee maker in his locker. He’s a guy who turned his basketball career around in San Antonio, he’s also a guy who wants to experience as much of life on earth as he can, something he talks about in a fantastic feature by Jared Zwerling at the NBPA’s revamped official site.

Actually, he wants to experience more than just life on earth.

“I will go to space at some point,” the Spurs’ veteran forward tells the NBPA in his office at his Shavano Park home, located in northwest San Antonio. “I won’t say in the next 10 years, but maybe in 30.”

By then, won’t we all have to live in space?

Diaw is a “worldwide adventure traveler, serious photographer, children’s book author, and screenwriter and director, having recently completed a project last month with Cedric the Entertainer and a Hollywood-experienced crew.” Go read the entire feature, which is filled with great Diaw anecdotes.

This one from Ronnie Turiaf is the best.

“Boris is the guy that’s going to go to the restaurant and order like chicken hearts—whatever odd thing that people may think it is,” he says. “And one day we were eating at this beautiful restaurant on a little cliff, and this guy brings out this crazy huge octopus that’s cooked, and everybody was surprised, like, ‘Man, I’m not going to touch this.’ And then Boris said, ‘You guys are not going to eat it? Alright, cool.’ He grabbed the plate and he ate the whole octopus, and he loves octopus. And I’m, like, ‘Boris, you are insane.’”