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Dennis Smith
Dennis Smith
Position: G
Born: 11/25/97
Height: 6-2 / 1.88
Weight:195 lbs. / 88.5 kg.
Salary: $3,218,280
Smith’s titanic clash against Atlanta is, in a sense, the worst-case scenario when a player jumps into the air. Every jump requires a landing, and every landing comes with physical force that must be distributed somewhere. The concern with incredible leapers like Smith? The higher up they go, the harder they must come down. It’s simple science. Taylor, the doctor who has studied these situations, pointed out two clear dangers. First is when they land with their feet outside of their shoulders, or “trunk.” The second is when the leg hits the ground relatively straight, rather than angled at the knee. Both actions put additional force directly on the joints. “Something we certainly try to do with our athletes is teach them how to land,” Taylor said. “Land differently, land better, land more safely.”
Ayers and Taylor both suggested that the nature of the dunk attempts are Smith’s problem. While Smith declined to talk about his landings for this story, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told SB Nation that Smith is aware of the concerns about the way he lands. This isn’t to suggest Smith should stop dunking, but not everything can be dunked. Dallas has every incentive to keep its young future star healthy for the next decade, whatever it takes. “He’s been working extremely hard to do a lot of things with our guys, with balance, with core, with all those things,” Carlisle said. “All those things help strengthen the joints. He’s been doing that stuff from day one since he got here. He’s made great strides in every area. Look, we’ve got to watch it, and he’s got to keep working.”
Me: What poster was above your bed when you were a kid? Dennis Smith, Jr.: I had a Chris Paul poster hanging up in my room. I just like how he played. He did everything. He did a little bit of everything. This is when he was on the Hornets. I think I was in fifth or sixth grade. He did everything when he was on the Hornets. They had a battle with the Spurs in the playoffs, and watching that, I wanted to be like that. I wanted to be at that level when I got older. I was a superfan.
DSJ: I like it. It’s different for me, too. I’m so used to penetrating, just like, I’ve got the ball, go. Now it’s like throw the ball, come get it back, things like that. It’s an adjustment…it’s not easy right now, and it’s not supposed to be, either. It wouldn’t be worth having if it was. It’s some adjustments to be made. Me: So when CP3 gets back, what do you anticipate it will be playing against him? DSJ: It’s go time. It’s go time. That’s the only way to earn his respect, is to go out and compete. That’s what I plan on doing.