Shabazz Napier Rumors

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Shabazz Napier
Shabazz Napier
Position: G
Born: 07/14/91
Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:180 lbs. / 81.6 kg.
Salary: $2,361,359
After he lost his job, it appeared he also lost his confidence. He passed up shots – many of them in the key – and spent much of his time drifting around the perimeter. Maurice Harkless on Wednesday, however, sharply denies losing his confidence. “No. No, I didn’t lose my confidence,’’ he said. “When you come in the game, a lot of times … never mind.’’ He paused, then continued. “When you come in the game, you have to get a feel for it. Sometimes you are not able to do that in a five-minute stretch. Everybody has their strengths. Pat Connauhgton is a shooter. Jake Layman is a shooter. Shabazz Napier creates with the ball. For me, I’m not a shooter. I mean, I can shoot, but I’m not a shooter. When I come in the game, the first time I touch the ball, and it’s a wide-open three, part of me doesn’t want to shoot it, but I have to, because I’m wide open. So I shoot it, but that’s the first time I’ve touched the ball, so likely, it may not go in. That’s just part of the game.
If one ever wondered what an example of fight, a picture of determination or a testament to the virtue of hard work looked like, people on the Trail Blazers will point you to the locker of point guard Shabazz Napier. “I don’t know how you would put it, or what the politically correct way to phrase it is, but … Shabazz is a dog,’’ guard Pat Connaughton said. “He fights. All the time.’’ Added captain Damian Lillard: “He’s an every-day guy. That’s 100 percent a fact.’’
But while his teammates see his dogged practice approach, and fans see his ready-when-called-upon game performance, it has been something behind the scenes that drives Napier. It’s a single voice, from back in his youth. “My mother instilled this quote in me,’’ Napier said. “She said, ‘The easiest thing you can do in life is quit.’ That has stayed with me since I was young. I never wanted to be a quitter. I always wanted to win. My NBA career hasn’t panned out like I wanted it to,’’ Napier said. “But at the end of the day, I’m not going to quit.’’