The 2011 NBA Playoffs are all set. By now, everyone knows the pairings for all of the eight First Round match-ups that start today (April 16). No one is more excited for some hoop action than self-proclaimed sports fanatic Freddie Gibbs. An avid basketball enthusiast,  Gibbs is amped about the prospects of the Chicago Bulls returning to the NBA Finals. XXL caught up with Freddie to find out which athletes he checks for on the court. “I’mma go with my ten favorite players to watch right now,” said Gibbs. “These young dudes be looking at this shit and they don’t really know nothing about the old shit.” Let the games begin.

— Nicole Lopresti