“I mean, I made a layup. It’s not like I made something from half court. I made a layup. I’ve been doing that since I was 8 years old.” -LeBron James after he hit the game winning shot last night vs the Indiana Pacers
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After the Knicks lost in the eastern conference sem-finals to the Pacers, Iman Shumpert, the youngest member of the Knickerbockers had some interesting words about his team.
Howard Beck of The New York Times has the story.
“I think we failed. We know we were supposed to go farther, and we didn’t. I’d say that’s a failure. Getting beat on the boards, we got to take care of the little things, and we didn’t. It finally caught up with us. We got to hold each other accountable. And come next year, little things like not playing hard should never come into play.”
Nate Taylor of the New York Times on the playoff jump shot.
From the article:
“The basic fundamentals are the same, but the deeper you get, the more involved your legs have to be. One thing that a lot of guys do is jump forward and backwards, instead of sitting down and going straight up. If you jump forward, it’s like me moving the rim closer to you. You’re looking at one rim when you start your shot and you’re looking at another rim when you finish the shot.”
Charles F. Gardner of the JS Online covers Larry Drew and the player-coach relationship.
“The bottom line is you want those guys to run through a wall for you,” Drew said Saturday.
“It’s different than it was 20 years ago. In dealing with today’s player, it’s important to have a player-coach relationship that has some stability to it.
“You do have to know how to push the right buttons.”