VIBE Vixen: This season, are we going to learn a lot more about your character?
Rob Riley: The storyline this season, not to give too much of it away, we obviously have to find out what’s going between Terrence and Jelena. We all know that longterm relationships never just end, ya broke up and then do ya stay broken up? How bad is that breakup? Who makes who feel like garbage? So on and so forth, we have to deal with that and that Terrence still hasn’t won a championship and that’s his major drive so that’s an unresolved plot line from last year. Right now it’s right after the all star break so we’re gearing up for the playoffs and any sports fan knows that’s a crucial time in an athletes season. Terrence is all about his business at this point and with the addition of “Zero,” which is kind of like them bringing the ‘BIG 3’ together, he should have a chance to win a championship. Now, the question remains is “Zero” who they think he is and can Zero and Derek co-exist because it’s been hard enough for him and Derek to co exist.
Will we see unison between you McKinley’s character Derek?
That remains to be seen, I’ll say that Zero is definitely there to shake things up. Derek and Terrence go way back and you’ve got to imagine that there was a conversation between them before Zero ever got there. Now it might’ve not gone the way they wanted because all friendships have their ups and downs, but they’ve been friends for a while and you’d like to see that prevail, will it? I don’t know. They like to throw a lot of curve balls.
Is there another side to your character?
There’s multiple sides to everyone isn’t there? I don’t know if your going to see the bizarre Terrence or anything but you’ve got some things to go through. To what length will he go to win a championship? But Terrence is a very focused man, much like myself and I appreciate playing him as such. He’s concerned about that ring and such.
Were you an all-around athlete in real life?
It took a little extra time because I did play football predominately but I did maintain my athleticism. I never stopped working out, lifting weights and training. That’s one of the ways I stay sane, get the extra aggression out. I did brush up on my basketball skills. Actually once we shot the pilot, McKinley and I before we even knew the show got picked up, we would practice because he played for Illinois. I had to brush up a little bit but you know I’m pretty good, I’m not scared of anybody [laughs].
If you could play any real athlete that could be a guest star, who would it be?
I don’t really think I’m good enough to beat anybody in the NBA to be perfectly honest but I’m not gonna go down without a fight. Derek Fisher, I would love to play Derek because he’s around my height.