Tyrone Corbin’s gams, and other off-day odds and ends
One. If you’ve always lamented the length of Tyrone Corbin’s shorts and/or wished he wore shorts more often, then today is your lucky day:
(via Utah Jazz)
Two. The above is Corbin with newest Jazzman Blake Ahearn, who shared the following while addressing the media:
** Favorite player of all-time is Pete Maravich. “I like to model my game after him, but being a new guy I probably have to control that a little bit.”
** Daughter Blake Rochelle was born 5 1/2 weeks premature on Mar. 19. She’s still in the NICU, but his wife was the first one to kick him out the door when he got the call. “It’s hard to leave, but it pays for a lot of diapers.”
** Who he knows on the team: “Big Al; I went to training camp with him in Minnesota. Jamaal Tinsley; he played in the D-League. I’m from St. Louis, so DeMarre Carroll, who played at Missouri.”
** on wearing #2: “That was what was handed to me. I’m not gonna be too much of a stickler….throw a number at me and I’ll take it.” (KFAN)
Ahearn looks and sounds a lot like Jeff Hornacek:
Three. Enes Kanter’s back story is fascinating. Until the age of 14, all he did was go to school, come home, and study. He didn’t play with friends or play sports. He just studied.
** [Where was the first time you ever picked up a basketball?] Where? I would say, Turkey. (lol)
** [How old were you when you first picked up a ball?] Like 14. Before that, I didn’t play any basketball…I didn’t play any sport. I was just going to school.
** [What about with your friends in the playground?] I wasn’t really playing in the playground because of my father. My father’s professor, so I always try to get my best education, best grades, so I was always trying to study…[Until the age of 14,] all I did is just go to school, come back, and study all day.
** [What did you do for fun?] I wasn’t doing anything because I was busy–tutors and school. So I wasn’t doing anything for fun.*
* In contrast, this was Devin Harris’ story: “Nah, no [home]work. Just straight to sports.”
Kanter didn’t start playing organized basketball until the age of 15:
** My first game, I didn’t know any basketball…I had my first practice, and then the second day the team I practiced with put me in the game.
He had one practice under his belt, and was playing pro ball for Fenerbahce’s youth team one day later.
At the age of 15.
Which was four years ago.
Two years after he first picked up a basketball, he was dominating the 2008 Under-16 European Championships with averages of 23 points and 16.5 rebounds per game. Three years after that, he was in the NBA. What the what.
Four. A couple of other stories…
Six years old, probably. I was outside with my friend and we found a basketball in the park. So we just started playing basketball…
At my old house, I didn’t have a basketball goal. You know them old recycling bins? I used to put it on the ground…and we’ll get a ball and play one-on-one. And we’ll pretend like we’re NBA players. His favorite player was Allen Iverson growing up. Mine was Kobe, so I’ll pretend I’m Kobe and he’ll pretend he Allen Iverson and we’ll just play one-on-one like that…we’ll be shooting all the way from out there into the recycling bin. No backboard, nothing…
Think it was around ten, eleven I started playing AAU. I wasn’t really playing my age group. I was playing up. In the park I was playing against high school guys.
We didn’t have a [basketball] court. We had a big tree in the yard, and a branch some kind of way shaped in form of a basket. Don’t ask me how, but that’s what we played on til my grandmother and mom was able to save up and get us a basketball goal. That’s what we played on, a tree. And then we graduated from a tree and got a foot tub that people used to soak their feet in. Cut the bottom out of it, and put it up for a hoop. [Dirt or pavement?] Grass, until it turned to dirt.
(All stories from LOJ)
Five. Lastly, Josh Howard is back on the practice floor (or has been, and I’ve just been unaware):