Joe Gaiter: What does basketball mean to you?
Kenny Hall: Basketball is life. LITERALLY. It saved my life. It also taught me a lot in life. Without it I don’t know where I’d be right now.
Joe Gaiter: Where were you born and how was your childhood?
Kenny Hall: I was born in LA then moved to Stone Mountain when I was 14. My childhood was cool. Grew up with a single mother. I have siblings but I’m my mother’s only child. She worked hard to make sure I always had food even though we hit a few rough moments but always kept a roof over my head. I cannot complain. Life was easy going for the most part.
Joe Gaiter: When did you begin to love the game of basketball?
Kenny Hall: I started taking ball more serious after I seen that it could take me further in life than I expected to go. Never thought about college until I received my first offer my 11th grade year from Clemson. From then on I knew that it was more than just a sport. It was an opportunity.
Joe Gaiter: Looking back at your High school years at Redan HS, what things did you learn?
Kenny Hall: I learned how to handle business and get the job done. And the same goes for college. Besides economics, home economics and PE, I never took the class room serious. In my opinion after elementary school and maybe some of middle I never applied too much of nothing from the class room in my adult life. Most of my lessons in life came from life experience not the class room.
Joe Gaiter: You were Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s 2008 Georgia Class 5A All-State Team, ranked the No. 9 power forward in the country and the No. 29 overall prospect nationally, was all this notoriety hard to deal with at an early age?
Kenny Hall: No. It just taught me how to be a professional and to conduct myself as such. It prepared me.
Joe Gaiter: Why did you choose to go to the University of Tennessee?
Kenny Hall: For all the wrong reasons. lol. At the time I wanted to go somewhere I felt was like home and Tennessee was perfect. I was comfortable and fit in with the team perfectly. Had a great time on my visits and fell for the pretty picture I was painted. lol
Joe Gaiter: During your years at Tennessee you had some legal issues. What did that whole experience teach you?
Kenny Hall: It taught me to carry myself accordingly and to be responsible. The issues in college were so minor. Just a lack of properly handling business
Joe Gaiter: After you graduated, what did you do?
Kenny Hall: After graduation I trained and went to play in Slovakia.
Joe Gaiter: You will be playing for GLarissa-Faros-BC this year. Have you adapted to the culture?
Kenny Hall: Yes I have. This is my 2nd year in Greece. Even though I’m on a different team everything is familiar. I’m a guy that can pretty much adapt to my surroundings so that wasn’t a problem for me.
Joe Gaiter: Do you like playing overseas?
Kenny Hall: It has its pros and cons. I never complain because I know it’s a blessing and it’s so many others dying to get an opportunity to play ball. Or do what they love to do and get paid period
Joe Gaiter: What would you tell yourself in highschool if you could go back in time?
Kenny Hall: So much!!! Far as basketball I would’ve said DONT GO TO TENNESSEE. (lol) Other than that just a few small things that would’ve made some lessons easier to deal with or avoid in all.
Joe Gaiter: What do you want your legacy to be?
Kenny Hall: Just want people to know me for the type of person I am. Even outside of ball. Dignity and RESPECT is more important to leave behind more than anything. You can go out the richest person in the world and still get your grave pissed on. Just want people to know I was always SOLID, genuine, and looked out fir my love ones
Joe Gaiter: Final words?
Kenny Hall: Stay solid. Stack pray stay out the way. Stay focused. Be thankful. Stay sucker free! And pass it on to the next because this a lost generation. Teaching the next generation how to be stand up BLACK men n women is important to me.
@DrJoeGaiter: What are your social media outlets?
Kenny Hall: Ig. KingKiddFrankie