SI: You're listed at 5'7". How tall are you really?
Lavender: I'll say 5'6".
SI: What are some of your better nicknames?
Lavender: Tiny and Shorty Doo-Wop.
SI: When you show up at a court and people don't know who you
are, are you picked last for teams?
Lavender: It's happened. I just go play by myself. I know I'm
better than them anyway.
SI: Can you dunk?
SI: Have you ever dunked in a game?
Lavender: I tried last year, but I missed. I got to the rim, and
then the ball slipped out of my hand.
SI: We heard you played on your high school golf team. Were you
Lavender: I probably averaged about a 42 for nine holes.
SI: Have you ever blocked somebody's shot?
Lavender: Yeah, a lot of shots.
SI: Any memorable ones?
Lavender: One time I blocked a taller guy's shot, and he turned
around and gave me a high five.
SI: Are you old enough to have watched Muggsy Bogues, who was
Lavender: Yeah, I remember him.
SI: Could you post him up?
Lavender: Yeah, he's too small.
SI: Any small role models?
Lavender: Primarily Muggsy and Spud Webb.
SI: What's the best thing, nonbasketball, about being your size?
Lavender: Girls like me because I'm small and cute. Like a Smurf.
SI: Seriously, how tall are you really?
Lavender: I'll stick with 5'6". In shoes, 5'7".
COLOR PHOTO: JEFFREY HADERTHAUER/ICON SMI (LAVENDER)