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Mbenga shows his serious side

Mar 16, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

It’s easy to think of Lakers backup center DJ Mbenga as a funny guy. He’s big, he’s goofy, he mostly rides the bench for a championship team, and he’s on the Lakers’ infamous “taco unit.” However, in a recent interview with Mike Trudell of the Lakers’ website, Mbenga showed that he’s got some important things on his mind. Via TrueHoop, here’s what Mbenga said in reply to Trudell’s question about Mbenga appearing on MTV’s “The Real World”: 

“I’ll tell you something. I have a contract sitting in my house, any time I want to sign it, to do a reality show with a major TV network. An African coming over here, having success, winning a championship and how an African copes with the culture here. But I can’t do a reality show. That’s not my persona. I’m a leader. I’m not a leader on the (Lakers), but I’m a leader where I come from. People are looking at me. People hear what I say, they know what I do. I can’t do some stuff that’s stupid like that. That’s all we have over there. We have messed up everything (in Congo). We’ve messed up politically, we’ve messed up our education, our economy … so I can’t come with something like that. People are looking to me for inspiration and so I will live up to that.”

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