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Atiba Lyons
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sheffield Sharks player-coach Atiba Lyons is also a director of the club and led the team to BBL Cup triumphs the last two seasons.

What have you been doing today?

I have had a film session then a two-hour practice. Then to the office for paperwork and preparation for the upcoming games and following week’s practice.

Who is your inspiration and why?

I would say my mother. Growing up she was constantly telling me to push myself and set bigger goals.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

I always like Charles Barkley. He was a very aggressive player and hard working. I really respected that. Plus I was a little guy with aggression growing up.

What’s your favourite other sport?

My other favourite sport would be American Football. I played when I was younger and with friends but it’s a fun sport to watch on TV.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

The most famous person is probably Alexandra Burke.

When was the last time you cried?

Last year when Tony Woolhouse passed. He was very close to me and kind of took me under his wing. He was an amazing person!

Who or what are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my older brother Simon. He is a single dad and has worked hard to establish a great career and life for him and his son. I tell him all the time he is my hero.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

Sitting around watching and idolizing people won’t help you achieve your goals. You have to work hard to create your own luck. That is what my mother used to tell me.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

I knew I was pretty good at basketball young because I always played in an older age group. Other parents thought I was older than I was and should play in an even higher age group.

What one item do you take wherever you go?

My credit card that is about the only thing I’m scared to leave with out.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

My first professional game overseas in Finland. I didn’t want to go out there and get fired after the first game of my first job. I ended up with 30 points 15 rebounds.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

I have very little doubt with more experience I gain, but you have to trust your gut feelings. You can live with making your own mistakes but not someone else’s.

What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?

I think it’s fun. I just started using Twitter recently and it’s just a fun application. Facebook is a great way to stay abreast with friends and family.

How do you relax away from sport?

I love to watch movies and read. I also like to travel when I can. I have a list of places I need to visit before I kick the bucket.

Where was your last holiday - and would you go again?

Last place I went on holiday was Las Vegas. It is a great time I would definitely go again. It is Disney World for adults.

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite meal?

Yes I think I am an Iron Chef. My favourite meals to cook are curry chicken or ackee and Saalt fish. Both Jamaican dishes. That is where my family is from.

What was the last book you read?

Long Walk to Freedom the Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. I really enjoy reading autobiographies or novels based on real events.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

I enjoy the business world. I was a realtor in Manhattan before I came to the UK, which I enjoyed. However, I would have wanted to be involve with sports some how.

Tell our readers in your own words why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?

People would be surprised to learn about my character outside of work. I am usually reserved and serious. I also lived a very varied life with a lot of ups and downs a lot of people can relate.

Favourite TV programme?

Difficult question! Dexter or Boardwalk Empire.