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Josh Gedi has taken the basketball world by storm but there seems to be a lot of magic with his early beginnings playing Australian football.

An American journalist used the Jedi’s media opportunity before the Rising Stars game to learn a thing or two about the sport.

You can read the full text of the duo’s conversation below as Gide tries his best to explain how Australian football rules work.

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Reporter: What are the rules of Australian football?

Grand: “I don’t know how… you could say it’s the NFL in terms of contact, the AFL wears no protections, no helmets, no padding, nothing like that. You kick it all over the field. You kick it through the middle of the big posts. And it’s six points. If you miss it, that’s one. It’s kind of, it’s a complicated game. You have to watch it to understand it.

Reporter: So, it’s not rugby.

Grand: “No. It’s similar in some respects but not really.

Reporter: “And I understand that you have been good at playing Australian rules football.

Grand: “Yes.

Reporter: “Like, how good?

Grand: “I was so good. Like, that I had to decide which path I wanted to take. It was a tough decision. When I was 15 or 16, I had to decide which path I wanted to take.”

For context, Jedi played a rider for the Yarraville Seddon Eagles while also starring in high school basketball for the Melbourne Tigers.

In the end, the 19-year-old had to make a call and decided to pursue a basketball career.

Reporter: “Can you tell me more about the situation, what was made in the decision?

Grand: “I got a scholarship offer to the NBA Academy when I was 15 or 16 and I was really good at soccer at that time. I loved soccer and wanted to keep playing it but I knew when I made that decision I had to part with a sport. It was Hard, I sat on it for a bit but decided to stay with basketball.

Reporter: “Is there, sorry for being ignorant, there are positions in Australian rules football. What was your position?

Grand: “I was a rider. He equals the position here. He is like the taller player who usually plays and for a footballer I am very tall.

Reporter: “And what does that man do?

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Grand: “It’s like there’s a jump ball in a basketball game where the middle flips it, that’s the pregnant guy. Every time a goal is scored, the ball goes back to the center for the jump ball. That’s what I do.

Reporter: “Did you have to beat people up for…

Grand: “Yeah, you have to hit people.”

Reporter: “When I was a man, was this a school sport?

Grand: “This is a school sport. I played for the club team. School football is really big in Australia, but I played basketball for my school and football for a club outside the school.

Gedi scored two points, nine rebounds and six assists to eliminate Worthy’s team from the Rising Stars Championship.

On Sunday, the Jedi will participate as a member of a three-man rookie team in a skills challenge against a team of three Antitokonmo brothers (Giannis, Alex and Thanasis) as well as a trio of Cleveland Cavaliers players.

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