Morris Chestnut roots for Miami basketball

Ray Lewis, ESPN's newest employee, talks with Morris Chestnut in the makeup room in Bristol. Joe Faraoni/ESPN

With March Madness starting this week, ESPN chatted with actor Morris Chestnut about the tournament, his Los Angeles Lakers and “The Best Man 2.”

The 44-year-old Chestnut, who was born in Los Angeles, recently appeared on ESPN2's "First Take," and Playbook had a few minutes to talk about sports.

What is your favorite ESPN show?

Besides "SportsCenter," probably "PTI" ["Pardon the Interruption"] because I really like the chemistry and the way they discuss the topics. "First Take" and "PTI" are my favorites!

As an actor, you have played football and basketball players. Did you play any sports in school and what position?

Just football and basketball -- I played a guard in basketball, on the bench [laughs], and a safety in football.

In anticipation of “March Madness,” which team will you root for and why?

I’m a USC Trojan fan, but that’s not going to happen, so, to be honest, I like Miami. They have shown a lot of heart, and no one expected that out of a traditional powerhouse, the way they beat up on Duke in their first meeting this season. I think Miami should have won at Duke, too.

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when I say ...

NFL: Eagles

College football: Trojans

“The Best Man 2” : Wow, that is a tough one. I’m just happy to be back together, to be part of the party. Basically, it's a fun party onscreen [coming out in November], and everyone will be able to take a look at that.

What kind of music do you listen to your car?

Sports talk radio because I work out so much that I have to save the music for the workout. I’m in the gym two hours a day sometimes, and I don’t like to listen to music all the time, because songs get old so quickly. I save the music for the gym.

What’s on your playlist for your workout?

I go to Pandora, and it depends on where I am in the workout. Treadmill, it's like Lil Wayne and Drake. When I’m just working on weights, it’s slow music like Tank, Trey Songz and Jodeci.