Many Turkish Airlines EuroLeague stars have diverse interests and talents that they have cultivated when not playing basketball. Inner-View is a series of Q&A's with players about their off-court hobbies and passions. FC Barcelona Lassa center Kevin Seraphin has loved all things electronics since his childhood. In addition to being a video game whiz, Seraphin has invested in an app and could see that business as part of his post-basketball future.
When you take a look at FC Barcelona Lassa center Kevin Seraphin, the word "geek" might not be the first that springs to mind. But the dynamic French big man actually has a passionate interest in all things electronic, which he is even considering turning into a full-time occupation after his playing days end.
Kevin, we hear you're a big tech fan. Can you tell us about that and how it all started?
"Yes it's true, I'm a geek! I have been ever since I was a kid. I was always fascinated by technology and I just love electronics! I don't know why. It's just always been inside me. Once I almost electrocuted myself. I used to love taking things apart and putting them back together and one day when I was about 10 years old, I was taking apart a box but I didn't realize it was still plugged in. So I cut the wire and the next thing my mom heard me yelling in pain and came running into my room. My hand was a little bit brown on one side, but I was lucky, nothing worse than that."
"Once I almost electrocuted myself."
So what about now, is your house filled with gadgets?
"Oh yes, I have always loved having electronics in my house. I have two different MacBooks and I play a lot of video games – I play on my PlayStation, Xbox, iPad…all of them. I love video games."
Which games are your favorites? NBA2K, maybe?
"Hmm, 2K…to be honest, I'm not a big fan. But I love FIFA! I don't like to play as Barca because it's cheating; the team is too good! You have Messi so if you know how to dribble – and I do – you always win! And Samuel Umtiti is a beast as a defender, you just can't get past him. So I don't like to play with Barca, I want more of a challenge. As a Frenchman, I'm also a fan of PSG, so I often play as them. But it depends on who I'm playing with. Sometimes with my friends, we all take small teams, so it can change."
And are you good? Do you beat your friends?
"Yeah, I'm good. Actually, no, I'm not good…I'm great! Better than good! I'm too good for the guys here at Barca, haha! I would beat everyone here, of course! But I might play a bit more with Chris [Singleton]. We used to play when we were at Washington together a few years ago."
"I don't like to play as Barca because it's cheating; the team is too good!"
Aside from video games, do you have other tech-based hobbies?
"Yes, definitely. I've invested in a few apps. One of them is a filter for photos so you can look like a cartoon character. I'm also creating an app for social media; I had the idea and paid someone to create it. I still have it in my house, ready to launch. I want to be sure that I'm ready to launch it properly and do everything well. I'll need to have a team ready to maintain it and I don't want it to interfere with the basketball season."
Can you do any programming or coding yourself?
"I have learned a little bit of coding. I'm not a pro yet, but I want to learn more. I have a lot of friends in the apps business and one of my friends went back to school for three or four months, where they teach you how to code and build apps. I'm considering doing the same after I've retired, or even one summertime. I definitely want to spend more time with technology in the future."