Dr. Oz talks NBA Finals, high school football, Zen

Thu, Jun 9

Dr. Mehmet Oz, the cardiothoracic surgeon and TV host, stopped by ESPN's offices in Bristol, Conn., on Thursday to talk about the NBA Finals, his new book -- "You: The Owner's Manual for Teens" -- and about empowering people to get in better health.

Oz was a rock star walking around campus, surrounded by three security guards, they said, to "stop women from running and hugging him." He first appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2004 and started his own show in 2009. He appeared on a few ESPN shows and spoke to about 100 employees, some waiting an hour in their seats.

Page 2 didn't hug him but chatted with him before his speech:

1. Are great athletes born?

"I think it's two-thirds environment. I think the gene loads the gun, while the environment pulls the trigger."

2. Were you a great athlete growing up?

"I played outside linebacker in high school in Delaware, and my first few years, the team was crushed. Then I got serious. I wanted to see what it would feel like if we didn't suck. I wanted to taste success. The next year, we had a rededicated purpose and we went from a poor team to a championship team."

3. How did you persuade others to focus as much as you did?

"My confidence was contagious. We felt we could do it. It wasn't about me doing great. It was about us doing great. Life's purpose is where your passion lies. It's almost like a Zen moment."

4. What did that show you?

It showed me people don't just change for themselves. They change for people in their lives. We had a unique moment together battling on the field that I will carry to my grave."

5. Now what's the deal with wearing that jersey over your clothes this morning?

"I didn't want to show how white my arms are."