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Old 01-23-2014, 06:35 PM   #406
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Gordon Hayward strolled into the locker room at the Jazz’s practice facility Thursday morning and ran into French teammate Rudy Gobert.

Let the trash talk begin.

USA Basketball has named a 28-member player pool — including Hayward — which will be used to determine rosters for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

A likely member of France’s national team, Gobert could end up playing against Hayward and Team USA somewhere down the road. So could another Jazz teammate, Turkey’s Enes Kanter.

Gobert is a likely member? France has many NBA caliber bigs.

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"Rudy said something to me about it right when I walked in," Hayward said. "That would definitely be pretty cool to play against them. Maybe in the World Cup or whatever. .. But, yeah, Rudy definitely said something to me."

Asked to repeat Gobert’s message, Hayward declined.

"No, I can’t," he said."But Rudy is extremely patriotic. Any time somebody does something [well] — even if he’s on another team — he’s the first one to tell us. He’s proud of his country."

This is Hayward’s third invitation to participate with USA Basketball, including the U.S. Select Team and last year’s U.S. men’s team mini-camp.

"I’m certainly excited," Hayward said. "It’s a great opportunity for me. It’s something I’ve been working for. ... Every time I go there I just try to do my best and work hard and I’ve been rewarded each summer by them inviting me back."

Hayward’s next goal is making it to the World Cup or the Olympics.

"It’s an honor and a privilege to be invited, but you’re still not on the team," he said. "You’re just on the roster. Hopefully, I can go our there and play well enough to get selected."

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin was happy for Hayward, who averages 17.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists this season.

"A tremendous accomplishment," Corbin said. "I’m seriously happy for him. He’s deserving of it. He’s worked his tail off to get better every year. He brings a lot of things to the table. I think he’ll be a good fit for the U.S. team."

Teammate Trey Burke agreed: "That’s great. He deserves every honor he gets right now. ... I’m proud of him."

In a conference call Thursday morning, USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo called this player-pool roster "the strongest we’ve ever had."


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He emphasized other players might be added to the original 28, depending on injuries, contracts and personal situations.

Team USA will begin practice in July.

"Our job is to make sure we take nothing fo granted," Colangelo said. "There will be major challenges ahead because that’s just the way it is. ... But we’re very upbeat."

Besides Hayward, other players with Utah tied included in this player pool are Weber State product Damian Lillard, former Jazz point guard Deron Williams and ex-Jazz swingman Kyle Korver.

Jazz big man Derrick Favors, who had previously played with Hayward on the Select Team, did not make the initial USA roster.
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:44 PM   #407
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"When I’m with [Derrick] on the floor," he says, "I feel comfortable. He knows I like the right block and he likes the other. I go to one block, he goes to the other. We have the skills to do a lot of things."

Trey Burke and Gordon Hayward concur.

"I definitely think they can play together," Burke says. "With the offensive rebounding abilities they both have and with their abilities to play on the block, teams will have to start scratching down on them, and that’s when they can kick it out. It’s up to the rest of us to make plays from there. Enes can hit the outside shot and that’s the shot we try to get for him coming off the screen. He can knock that down. Those guys know where they’re supposed to be. It’s the point guard’s job to make the right read. We’ll all figure it out."

Says Hayward: "They’re obviously young players, learning to be on the floor at the same time. They haven’t done it a lot. When they are, we have some big weapons, especially down low. They’re a lot to deal with. When Enes is able to hit the outside shot, they complement each other well. He is more finesse and can step out a little. Favs is good at rolling to the basket, catching and dunking. I can see it working."

It has to work.

If it doesn’t, the Jazz’s plan must be altered, meaning somebody will have to be moved. Throw into that picture Gobert, who is a project, but a project with tantalizing upside, and the long-term outlook gets more complicated, more crowded. Part of the Jazz’s overall mantra is to stockpile valuable assets, currency they can use via trades to adjust whatever needs adjusting.

Right now, that view is cloudy, the adjusting in neutral.

That’s what this season is good for — clearing the fog. Corbin will have to play Favors and Kanter together more, perhaps at the expense of the win-loss record, to see what evolution comes, what progress is made. He should be building a front-line front line with staying power, not a your-turn-my-turn tag team like the Headbangers or Edge and Christian or the Brothers of Destruction.

If Kanter has to come off the bench, the Jazz eventually will have to go another way.

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They have a little over a year to decide. Maybe by next year's trade deadline. I'd still sign Kanter to an extension in the off season for the right price. Can always trade guys. Just don't overpay.
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:55 PM   #408
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Asked recently why his team struggles so much when any starter is absent, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said, "Just look at our roster."

Could have used that pretty much anytime since he's been coach except the brief time before Deron was unloaded.

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His response was surprisingly defensive and refreshingly realistic, while probably intended to justify the other players as much as himself. Yet that’s one of the few times Corbin has acknowledged the makeup of a team that’s designed for player development and draft positioning — and his difficult job amid all of it.

So just where Corbin fits into the Jazz’s future is the franchise’s biggest subject of the remaining three months of the season. The market will determine Gordon Hayward’s value as a restricted free agent, but Corbin’s status is strictly up to Jazz management.

This is tricky because it involves subjectivity. The judgment of Corbin comes down to two basic issues: How the players respond to him and how much they improve. Winning or losing has to be a partial gauge because it reflects the players’ growth, but it’s not that simple. And if the Jazz make any move before next month’s trade deadline, it will be subtraction, further challenging Corbin.

Hard to say. Jefferson or Marvin go could mean more Rush, Burks, Kanter and maybe an actual NBA caliber back-up pg. Who knows?

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If a decision absolutely had to be made today, I’d say Corbin deserves a new contract. He’s earned it with the Jazz’s recovery from a 1-14 start with a 13-15 record since then — although they’ve been terrible in consecutive losses to Minnesota, having trailed by a combined 56 points after three quarters of those games.

I'd agree but my guess is he's gone and Lindsey will hand pick his guy.

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My overriding point is there’s more to be done, and the evaluation of Corbin must continue through April. Jazz CEO Greg Miller said last summer that he liked having a coach with an expiring contract, keeping him from being "too comfortable." Miller added, "We all know there’s weaknesses in his game."

So to say Corbin is safe because the franchise values stability is unrealistic. That should be reassuring to those who believe the Jazz need a coaching upgrade as they move forward. Yet it also would be unfortunate if, as some observers say, he’s already doomed because general manager Dennis Lindsey is not the one who hired him. Corbin and his staff deserve a chance to prove themselves in the last 39 games, and I believe Lindsey will give them that opportunity.

Corbin was set up to fail when this season began.

Set to fail when they traded Deron and had a team revolving around Big Al.

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The roster was designed intentionally to be inexperienced and inferior. The Jazz had no capable point guard other than rookie Trey Burke

Have not had.

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, who would miss the first 12 regular-season games with a broken finger, and little outside shooting ability. So when the Jazz started 0-8 and 1-14 — and nobody knew what Burke would become, at that point — it was both unreasonable to blame Corbin and realistic to think he may not survive the season.

With what the players describe as an upbeat, encouraging approach, Corbin has kept this season from turning into a disaster. The players have battled through the tough times, which reflects well on their coach. So dealing with failure is not an issue, although handling success is a problem. They’re not embarrassingly bad anymore, yet the Jazz never should act satisfied.

"It’s a trap," Corbin said. "You win a few games … you drop it down a notch."

Of course, being too happy is not a concern after those two drubbings by Minnesota, which are not fully explained by Hayward’s missing one of the losses and Derrick Favors’ being sidelined for the other. The Jazz are 3-21 when any current starter is absent.

Summarizing the season, Corbin said, "Trying to find out what we’re going to get from each guy every night has been frustrating. But it is part of the process, and I understand that."

The quest for consistency will determine whether Corbin remains the Jazz’s coach beyond April. In that sense, his future is up to his players.

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It might not have been quite as brutal as last Saturday's lopsided loss at Minneapolis, where Minnesota humbled Utah 98-72 in a game in which the ’Wolves led by as many as 36 points, wound up with their largest margin of victory ever in the all-time series, and the Jazz shot a franchise record-low 28.8 percent from the field.

But Tuesday night's 112-97 thrashing, in some ways, might've almost been worse.

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For starters, it came at EnergySolutions Arena in front of 16,387 fans, who can be forgiven if they walked out of this one early after the T-Wolves built a 26-point lead late in the third quarter.

What's more, if the Jazz had any desire to avenge last Saturday's humiliating defeat, they certainly didn't show it, at least not early on.

The flat-footed Utah team fell behind by 18 points in the first quarter and, with the exception of a third-quarter comeback that briefly cut the deficit to 11 — a 3-pointer that would've trimmed the gap to 8 was ruled to have come after the shot clock expired — showed little fight for most of the night.

"I was pleased with the way we came out and controlled the game from the beginning to the end," said Minnesota coach Rick Adelman. "I thought the Jazz would come out with so much energy at the start of the game.

"... It's one of those things where you never know what's going to happen or how much energy they're going to have, but I certainly liked the way we had it."

The disappointing defeat spoiled the return of Utah shooting guard Gordon Hayward, the team's leading scorer who had missed the previous five games with an injured hip. Hayward picked up where he left off, scoring a game-high 27 points with five rebounds, five assists and three steals.

"It was a slow start," Hayward said, "but I made some shots and it felt good out there. It felt good to be back out there."

But he was the only Jazz starter to reach double-digit scoring. And, despite solid efforts off the bench by Alec Burks (18 points), Jeremy Evans (10 points) and Rudy Gobert and John Lucas III, who each scored eight, there weren't many highlights on this night for the Jazz, who slipped to 14-29 on the season, or their fans.

To make matters worse, Utah got manhandled in the paint without starting center Derrick Favors, its third-leading scorer, best rebounder and top interior defender who sat out Tuesday's game with a sore right hip.

"Defensively, he's huge what he does for us at the basket," Utah coach Tyrone Corbin said, bemoaning the absence of Favors' presence inside. "He protects the rim for us and typically he doesn't get fouls protecting the rim for us. We missed that in him."

Minnesota, meanwhile, had all five starters in double figures, including two with double-doubles. Kevin Love led the way with 19 points, a game-high 13 boards and eight assists. Corey Brewer also scored 19, while Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin added 18 points apiece and Ricky Rubio contributed 11 points, 13 assists and five steals.

Pesky little guard J.J. Barea was also a thorn in Utah's side with 15 points off the bench for Minnesota (20-21), which pulled within a game of .500 and beat the Jazz in Salt Lake City for the first time since December 2009 — a span of seven straight setbacks.

"There were several times where I felt like we were making a run, and then they hit a big shot," Hayward said. "Barea hit a few dagger 3s and got an and-one layup one time as well. We just didn't get stops tonight."

Corbin admitted that Minnesota's strong start seemed to take the air out of his team's sails early on, and the Jazz never quite got back on course.

"I thought they had a little more pop in the beginning of the game," Corbin said. "We settled for a lot of jump shots early in the game.

"That first quarter hurt us. You give up 34 points and only score 16 in the quarter, it's tough fighting uphill from there.

"They are a team that can score in bunches," Corbin said of the ’Wolves. "I thought we weathered the storm. We got it down to eight and then they go on a 10-0 run in the third quarter. So we just couldn't get over the hump."

Indeed, it was kinda like a little Minneapolis deja vu all over again. And on this night, being back home at ESA didn't seem to matter.

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Though he’s a restricted free agent next summer, it’s doubtful the Jazz will fail to match other offers.

I think there' s a big question if they will. New GM. New owner since the AK debacle. If he gets max or near max as some think he will they have to let him go I'd think. Only way I see overpaying him is a front loaded contract where he's only overpaid next year when they have extra money to do so. Than he'll be a bargain on the back end like Millsap.

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If the Jazz seem careful, there’s a reason. Kirilenko signed a maximum contract extension in 2004, just before his stats began to slip. That wasn’t all A.K.’s fault. The Jazz had him play numerous roles, from year to year, and once Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer were aboard, he was a side dish.

Now the Jazz have their newest non-Hall of Fame star. Is Hayward worth the reported four-year, $50 million deal? That would put him in the neighborhood of Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka, Denver’s Ty Lawson, Golden State’s Andre Iguodala, Minnesota’s Nikola Pekovic and San Antonio’s Tony Parker.

That’s a good neighborhood to be lurking.

Yet none is good enough to build a franchise on.

Is he worth the big-dollars investment?

Only if a superstar shows up to make him that much better.

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Even rookie point guard Trey Burke only contributed nine points and five assists for the Jazz. Grade: C+

Even? Not like he hasn't been up and down all year.

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Forwards: Gordon Hayward had to represent all of the Jazz forwards in Tuesday’s game. He put the team on his back and contributed 27 points, five assists and five rebounds. Marvin Williams got into foul trouble early on while guarding NBA All-Star Kevin Love. Williams played limited minutes in the second half. Grade: C

Centers: With the injury of Derrick Favors, the Jazz relied heavily on Enes Kanter, former dunk champion Jeremy Evans and rookie Rudy Gobert. The Jazz big men had trouble handling passes from the guards and got dominated in the paint by Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Love. Grade: C-

Coach: Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin threw in the white towel early in Tuesday’s loss. His lineup and substitutions didn’t show much vigor or energy. Granted, the referees seemed uninterested anytime he argued a call or stood up for his players. Corbin merely recognized early on that this game was beyond his control. Grade: C

Minnesota Timberwolves: As a basketball fan, it’s an honor to watch somebody like Kevin Love score 19 points, grab 13 rebounds and put out 10 assists. The man makes the game look easy and natural. The rest of the Minnesota team complemented Love by scoring quick points in the paint and forcing Jazz turnovers. If the Timberwolves would have been more entertaining to watch with some high-flying dunks, they would have received a higher grade. Grade: A-

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I'd like to see them grade the bigs together. The wings together and the pg.
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If the NBA ever decides to do a strongman competition during All-Star weekend — and the league definitely should — the teams that squared off Tuesday night would certainly have a couple of contestants.

T-Wolves center Nikola Pekovic, a 6-11, 285-pound Montenegro mountain, would likely be the first opponent Jazz players would nominate.

“He’s a bull out there,” Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward said.

Though he’s not as beefy, Utah’s 6-10, 268-pound Derrick Favors would have to be included on the list.

Jazz forward Marvin Williams marveled over both of those players’ strength when asked about the NBA’s top five strongest players.

“I still don’t think Derrick is 22 years old. I’m going on the record as saying that,” Williams said. “He’s got the strength of a fully grown man. It’s kind of scary to see when he’s 27 or 28 how strong he really will become.”

The Jazz hope Favors becomes as strong as Minnesota’s brute, who just turned 27. Williams said Pekovic’s physical presence has been a topic of conversation in the Jazz locker room.

“We can’t even think about a guy that’s maybe even stronger than this guy,” Williams said. “He’s a wide load down there. He’s a strong guy, for sure.”

Favors, who sat out Tuesday’s game with a hip injury, agrees.

“He might be the strongest guy in the league,” Favors said of Pekovic. “It’s hard to push him off the block and when you try to post up against him, man, he pushes you all the way out to the 3-point line.”

Where does Favors rank himself?

“I might be top five,” he said. “I’m proud of myself for that.”

Jokingly asked if he can imagine Pekovic, who resembles General Zod’s hefty henchman in "Superman II," lifting trees or ox during his offseason weight training, Williams smiled. “He’s probably pushing cars uphill.”

Pekovic, who has a tattoo of a growling bear on his left forearm, wasn't sure if he's the NBA's strongest man as Favors claimed.

"I don't know. I never look at myself like that," Pekovic said. "I'm just trying to do stuff, trying to (strengthen) my team. I know my body. I know I'm strong, of course. That's how I build career. That's how I'm existing in this league. But I don't know if I'm the strongest."
Is Favors stronger than Kanter?
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The Jazz bench performed much better, outscoring Utah’s starters with 49 points. Minnesota’s reserves had 27.

Nice for a change. One of the big differences this year to the past two is the play of the bench. A real pg would help.

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• With 31 assists and eight turnovers, the Timberwolves had a 3.88 assist to turnover ratio.

• Minnesota combo guard Alexey Shved left the game with a broken nose suffered in the first half.

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Gobert is a likely member? France has many NBA caliber bigs.
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Not that unlikely given how often our bigs don't want to play for our national team.
Last year :
- Noah was supposedly injured (he came only once and doesn't seem concerned about the team, which I can understand given he's french but also american, camerounese etc).
- Seraphin prefered to work on his game with the Wizards, and he might spend the next summer trying to find a contract.
- Traoré was hurt (and he's always hurt).

If Gobert keeps improving, there's no reason he cannot find a spot in the team, behind Ajinça in the short term of course.

Btw, thanks for all the news about the Jazz
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Not that unlikely given how often our bigs don't want to play for our national team.
Last year :
- Noah was supposedly injured (he came only once and doesn't seem concerned about the team, which I can understand given he's french but also american, camerounese etc).
- Seraphin prefered to work on his game with the Wizards, and he might spend the next summer trying to find a contract.
- Traoré was hurt (and he's always hurt).

If Gobert keeps improving, there's no reason he cannot find a spot in the team, behind Ajinça in the short term of course.

Btw, thanks for all the news about the Jazz

Diaw just said he wanted to play. Turiaf? Gobert is a unique player so he might be there but I'm sure it depends on a few guys ahead of him.
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Rod Hundley, the iconic former broadcaster for the Utah Jazz, is suffering from Alzheimer’s. Hundley, 79, lives in Arizona with his partner, Kim Reardon. She told The Salt Lake Tribune this week that the disease has progressed to a "moderate" stage. Salt Lake Tribune

Hundley no longer speaks to large groups, Reardon said. But they plan to attend festivities in Utah next week, when the Jazz will honor former coach Jerry Sloan. According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, the disease is "a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes." Salt Lake Tribune

That's sad to hear. When I first started following the Jazz it was mostly hearing Rod on the radio before all the games were on. I'd say he was a big part of the initial attraction especially since they sucked at the time. Now all their announcers are weak.
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Jazz center Derrick Favors continues to improve from a abductor strain injury, but his availability Saturday night against Washington remains a game-time decision.

"I feel a lot better," Favors said before practice on Friday morning. "I’ve done lots of therapy with it."

Favors was injured 45 seconds into the Jazz’s 110-89 victory at Detroit on Jan. 17.

On Utah’s first possession, he took a pass from Trey Burke and dunked. But he landed "kind of awkward."

Favors continued to play, finishing with eight points and 11 rebounds in 21 minutes. He also played 28 minutes in a back-to-back game at Minnesota before sitting out Tuesday night’s 112-97 loss in a rematch with the Timberwolves.

"It still kind of hurts when I try to move sideways — when I defensive slide," said Favors, who remains hopeful he will play against the Wizards.
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Weary Wizards?

While the Jazz haven’t played since Tuesday night, Washington comes to Utah for its third game in four nights.

After winning at Phoenix on Friday night, the Wizards are 21-21 — good enough to put them in the race for home-court advantage in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

"Tough team," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin. "Really good perimeter shooters and they are playing well right now. ... They are going to push the pace."

Washington is led by point guard John Wall who, according to Corbin, "will be coming downhill against us. We have to make sure we get back [on defense] and don’t let him get on top of the basket."
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Favors tweaked the muscle after landing awkwardly after dunking on the first play of the game in Detroit last Friday. He played that night and Saturday in Minnesota. He might’ve continued through pain before being counseled otherwise by teammate Marvin Williams.

“I was going to play through it,” he said. “Marv told me to be smart about it, go tell the trainer.”
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Burke will play the 32nd game of his NBA career Saturday night, when the Jazz battle the Washington Wizards at EnergySolutions Arena. He’s been working on his pull-up bank shot, however, since he first picked up a basketball.

It is an unusual weapon in today’s drive-and-kick, 3-point dominated NBA.

"I’ve been practicing it a long time," Burke says. "It’s been one of my sweet-spot shots since I was young. Every time I get to the elbow — coming off a screen or in transition — that’s kind of my guide to making that basket. Hitting the ball off the backboard is something I’ve always practiced."

Burke credits an AAU coach in Ohio, Victor Dandridge, with teaching him the importance of using the glass to make angle jumpers.

"I still keep in touch with him now," Burke said. "He says that’s his favorite shot of mine — hitting that backboard shot. He used to make me practice it a lot.

"… I think I already had it, but I developed it when he worked me out. He made me shoot it over and over again. I think that’s why I can make it when some guards can’t."

Burke can’t recall ever winning a game by banking in a jumper at the buzzer but says "that shot has come in handy a lot of times. I’ve made some big baskets using the glass. I’ve always been comfortable with it."

Years ago, most NBA players were comfortable shooting off the backboard. In fact, they were expected to make bank shots.

"When I coached," Frank Layden said, "we practiced shooting the ball that way. We called it ‘automatic.’ … It was a shot our guys used all the time."

Before Red Auerbach died, Layden remembers talking to the legendary Boston Celtics coach about the issue.

"Red said, ‘I don’t know why we don’t use it more. We used to use it so much,’" Layden recalled.

According to Burke, some of his Utah teammates have teased him about how he often line-drives the ball off the glass. He’s not planning to make any major changes, however.

"They always get on me because they say I shoot it too hard," Burke said. "They want me to get under it a little more — shoot it a little softer. But I have confidence to shoot it this way."

Check out your shooting %! I have a lot more respect for him. Stupid not to use the glass. You'd think Tim Duncan's success would have influenced more guys to start banking it.

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Consider the opinions that players expressed in a Sports Illustrated story that was written in 1999:

• Grant Hill: "I don’t like the bank shot. I never really practiced it, so I’m not really comfortable with it."

“Guys don’t make any shots anymore, let alone bank shots. Guys today just want to dunk and shoot three-pointers.”

— Larry Bird, Sports Illustrated, 1999

• Tim Hardaway: "The only angle I consider is straight in."

• Derek Harper: "It’s old school. It’s not glamorous, and today, if it’s not glamorous, it won’t work."
What a bunch of dumbasses!

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"It’s something I’ll continue to do," he said.

Don’t tell Burke.

"It’s something I’ll continue to do," he said.
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