An inside chat with Phoenix’s Pharroh Gordon

by Daniel Brown

Earlier this week, Cheshire Phoenix announced the news that guard Pharroh Gordon would be returning to the EPSV for the 2020/21 campaign, I managed to sit down with our 6’6 Brit to chat about basketball, food and dressing-room antics.

Gordon arrived in Cheshire in January 2020 after beginning the season with RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf in Germany, where he featured six times (starting four).

Despite joining midway through the season, the guard still manged to play six games for the Nix. During the 19/20 BBL campaign, Gordon averaged 4.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in a season that was unfortunately cut-short because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo by Adam Day

Often spoke about as a crucial team-player, the 23-year-old impressed Nix fans during his short spell at the club.

But why did he re-sign with Phoenix? What’s his favourite takeaway? Who’s on the AUX cable in the dressing room?

Why don’t we find out?

Pharroh, I’m sure the whole of the Nix fan-base will be delighted to hear you have re-signed for the upcoming season! What made you want to return to Cheshire?

“Honestly, I felt coming back would be the best thing for me personally, I already have a relationship with the Phoenix staff and I am comfortable here, which right now I think is what I need to propel onward.”

How disappointing was it that the 19/20 season had to be cut short?

“It was really disappointing, I felt we were in a pretty solid position moving toward the playoffs, and personally I thought I was starting to get more comfortable with my place in the team, which was making me perform better each game.”

What’s is your go-to takeaway?

“I’ve been trying to stay away from “bad” takeaways, so if I do get one it’s something I don’t feel so bad about, like a lebanese.”

Who provided the music in the changing room before tip-off last season?

“Dizzy is usually the music man before games, I think maybe because he’s the only one bothered enough to bring a speaker. Not that I’m complaining!”

What was your favourite subject at school?

“My favourite subject at school was probably PE, because it felt like the least school-y thing we did!”

Photo by Adam Day

What’s your guilty pleasure?

“My guilty pleasure is watching YouTube videos of video game play-throughs, I don’t wanna spend the money on my own so I live vicariously through the internet.”

In terms of personal aims, what are yours moving forward?

“Long term, I want to play at the highest level in Europe; champions league/Europe cup etc. This season I want to build on what I managed toward the end of last season, both in how I feel I am performing and what you can see on the stat sheet.”

Your about to be thrown onto a dessert island and you can chose one teammate from last season to join you – who would it be?

“Probably Dizzy, we get on really well and I’d say he’s one of the more practical guys in the group!”

Where’s your ideal spot on the court to hit a three-pointer?

“It literally changes game to game, different rims feel more/less stubborn at different angles, at home they’re very generous, but somewhere like Plymouth, you’re sending up a prayer if you shoot from the corners.”

Favourite ever movie?

“My favourite film is either Gladiator or Ratatouille, very different choices but both give you everything you want!”

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