Tell us about the team…
Ed: This is the first year the team has been established so it’s my first year back in the UK.
Elvisi: London City Royals is a new team to the league, I’ve been in the league for a while so I’ve seen a lot of changes but this change is different because of the guys they’ve brought back. Our team is different because we all know each other, we live in the same building too.
What’s the best thing about it?
Ed: Definitely the fact that everyone knows each other, it brings a sense of comfort. We’ll always be professional and perform and do the job right. But if you do mess up, your brothers will pick you up and have your back without pointing fingers or putting you down.
What’s your relationship like?
Elvisi: We’re all brothers. You know when you go out with your home boys or close friends, you can be yourself, you can say whatever.
Ed: Everything just flows.
Elvisi: Other teams I’ve been on I’ve been very restricted, but with this lot it’s different. And we always see each other!
What does basketball mean to you?
Ed: I got to help my family out with a lot of things, like paying off debts getting them a house, it was my outlet to better my family’s situation. I know I have talent, but anyone can have that. It’s performance that says whether they’re good or not. But I like to think I’m humble. I don’t necessarily feel like I’m good enough yet. You’ll never be perfect but as long as you’re striving you’ll always land somewhere.
Jules: It means everything, I’ve been able to help family and meet a lot of people that mean a lot to me in my life. I’ve been playing for a long time and it’s kept me on the straight path, taught me a lot of things I didn’t learn in school or whatever. It’s a big part of my life.
Elvisi: We get to see a lot too, we’ve travelled the world for free [laughs] you stay in four star hotels, you get lifts everywhere, you get free food - it’s alright!
What are you known for on and off court?
Ed: On court, I’m the shooter.Off court, I’m kind of goofy, forgetful - I’m always losing my house keys and have to give them to Elvisi to look after.
Elvisi: It’s ridiculous!
Jules: This guy loses everything.
Elvisi: On the court, I’m known for my experience. I’ve been in the league since I was 17 so a lot of it is my experience and composure in the game. I’m very honest and open, I’m the type of guy who will crack a joke at a funeral or something.
Jules: Oof! On the court, I’m known for energy, I’m pretty good on defence and running the team. Off court, I’m the easy-going, little brother. I get along with everyone and I’m known for eating all the oreos and milk.
Elvisi: This isn’t even a joke, he comes to mine every day and without fail I get him a little bottle of milk and a pack of oreos. He doesn’t eat dinner or real food.