A Oh, really? It’s crazy how much can be affected by a decision here or there. Pretty crazy. I didn’t know that.
Q A guy like Ricky has everything but a jump shot. What makes a great shooter?
A Some of it is natural, obviously. You can study the fundamentals, but it’s really about practicing at game speed. That’s hard to do. It takes time. You can stand in one spot and shoot it and feel good about it, but in a game there are so many different variables: Your legs get tired, the pass might be high or low. It’s really hard to implement from practice into a game. That’s part of the science behind it.
Q Any of it genetic?
A A little, for sure. Some guys just see the rim better, have a softer touch than others. That’s what differentiates each player.
Q Who’s the best you ever saw?
A In person? Ray Allen. My dad played with him in Milwaukee, and I used to go to practice and see them do shooting drills and it was like art, man. Every shot looked exactly the same. The arc looked beautiful. How high he jumped when he shot was crazy, you could tell how athletic he was. Obviously, the numbers back it up.
Q Have you been able to turn it into art yourself?
A I think so. I’m not shooting the ball as well as last year, but there’s just something about the way it comes off my hand. It just feels good. I’m always real confident in my shot, not matter how I’ve been shooting.
Q When was the last game of H-O-R-S-E between you and dad, and who won?
A My dad did, at this basket right here, in October. Still kills me.
Q No more one-on-one games?
A No, I don’t want him to hurt himself. But shooting the ball? He can still get out there and knock ’em down. I owe him one.
Q How’s the golf game?
A Solid. Somebody told me one of David Kahn’s excuses for not drafting me is I wouldn’t be happy playing there because the weather is not golf-friendly. It’s a big part of my life and a lot of fun, but I don’t think that would deter me from trying to establish myself in the league.
Q Well, that was one of the conspiracy theories: that you preferred to play someplace warmer.
A During the season, I don’t play much anyway. It is nice to be in the Bay Area, where it’s 65, 70 degrees today. But even in New York and the East Coast, it’s snowy and 12, 20 degrees. … I had the same situation here as with Minnesota: I didn’t come work out for the Warriors, met with the GMs back then. I would have been happy to be in the league and not have been some spoiled little brat who manipulated his way into the league somehow. I would have been cool whenever I was drafted.
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