Business is the ultimate sport, according to Desmond Ferguson, former NBA player, Lansing native and owner of Moneyball Sportswear. Ferguson shared this advice during a press conference for journalism students at the MIPA 2018 Summer Workshop on July 30.
“You have to do something you love,” Ferguson, who started his company in 2002, said, “that you would be willing to do even if you didn’t get paid.”
Students asked questions about Moneyball, what made Ferguson start the business and his future plans and goals for the company. He also talked about his basketball life, both in the NBA and overseas.
But despite his many experiences, Ferguson said his greatest accomplishment was his new son.
“To be able to bring another life into this world is my greatest joy,” he said.
He said besides having a good education, one of the most valuable qualities a person can have is relationships. He said he credits his success to having good relationships with the people he played with and for.
Ferguson encouraged journalism students to research and prepare questions for whomever they interview, because interviewees don’t respond well to questions that could easily have been researched. He also said, “You have to get comfortable being uncomfortable.”