Jesse: What is your full name and where are you from?
Joseph Gerald Lagman Nunag
Jesse: Why did you choose the game of basketball?
Joseph: I was introduced to basketball by my family for as long as I can remember and it has stuck with me since.
Jesse: What schools have you attended, and what were your achievements and highlights?
Joseph: I attended Rangitoto College for high school where I achieved the following;
– U15 MVP
– U17 MVP
Auckland Premiership Champions
For Tertiary education, I attended Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines where I played from 2016 – 2019 and made the Final Four every year.
Jesse: You are a role model for our younger generation what advice do you have for them getting into basketball?
Joseph: To believe in yourself and focus on doing more things that help you towards your goal.
Jesse: What has been the ultimate highlight in your basketball career?
Joseph: Being able to further my career after High School, attending college was a huge eye opener for me in terms of what it actually takes to become a professional.
Jesse: Who has been your biggest influence in basketball and why?
Joseph: Myself, I’ve always wanted to become a pro and that is what influences me every single day.
Jesse: How do you mentally prepare yourself for a game?
Joseph: Get in the right mindset the day before, preparation is everything and i think if you can prepare mentally before hand then you’re already a step ahead of your opponents
Jesse: Who is the ultimate women’s basketball player in New Zealand?
Joseph: I see Brooke Blair as the best women’s basketball player at the moment in New Zealand
Jesse: Who is the ultimate men’s basketball player in New Zealand?
Joseph: Sean Marks. Being the first New Zealand born player to play in the NBA, I believe he paved the way for people like Steven Adams as well as everyone else who made it to college in the states.
Jesse: In terms of your playing career, what would be the pinnacle for you?
Joseph: Once I reach my full potential. I still have so much to learn and work on.
Jesse: Whats the best pair of basketball shoes you have owned?
Joseph: Kobe 6’s
Jesse: Who has been the hardest person to guard in your career and why?
Joseph: Alec Stockton, my college teammate and best friend. He is a very smart player and also an extremely fierce competitor.
Jesse: Who is the greatest player of all time and why?
Joseph: Kobe Bryant. The most unquestionable work ethic. The amount of sacrifice, study and work he put in is unmatched.
Jesse: If you had one piece of advice for your younger self, what would it be?
Joseph: Put more time in your craft, learn to discipline yourself.
Jesse: Can basketball in New Zealand be improved?
Joseph: Yes, I think if we had more academies for more younger players to be honed consistently throughout their young career then it would allow them to realise their potential which would only influence them to work harder.
Jesse: What is your favorite food?
Jesse: Best basketball movie or book of all time?
Joseph: Love and basketball 😅
Jesse: You have recently signed with the Franklin Bulls, what are you looking forward to heading into the season?
Joseph: I’m looking forward to hopefully getting out on the court to put my name out there a bit more. But most importantly I’m looking forward to getting better and gaining more experience especially training and playing along side an NBA Caliber player Josh Selby.