July 26, 2016 | 10:58 am EDT Update
Q: What area can he still progress the most or should he focus on as he enters his NBA prime? Scott Agness: Solomon Hill still needs to become a more consistent 3-point shooter. His confidence in his outside ball was through the roof last April and through the first round of the playoffs, but he needs to show that he can do that every game. Through three years, shooting 32.5 percent, he hasn’t. He also could help big time by grabbing a few more rebounds.
But of all the participants whom the NBA All-Star-turned-social activist thanked at the end, he gave the biggest kudos to the Los Angeles Police Department officers who truly enthusiastically participated by listening to the pain and concern of the attending youth. “I was thanking everybody who came out and participated, especially the officers,” Anthony told The Undefeated. “I know in situations like this they can feel awkward being in front of these people and hearing all of the negativity that comes by. It’s easier to hear it when you turn on TV about how bad the police are. It’s very difficult to hear it coming from the actual youth sitting there in small groups to take that information and decipher that.”
Chris Paul, who also serves as the NBPA president, considered taking a helicopter to attend, but couldn’t get out of a previous family commitment in Los Angeles, a source said. The NBA, USA Basketball and the NBPA collaborated to offer strong support as well. Five police officers manned the grounds at the gated venue. “I didn’t expect the commitment from the other athletes,” Anthony said. “I thought USA Basketball and the NBA could be on board. I was doing it myself at first. I was just going to come in and have a conversation. It wasn’t going to be this big gathering or NBA town hall. It was just going to be a conversation with a couple officers, a couple of youth.”
Anthony, who endorses Jordan’s Jumpman shoe and clothing line, was proud to hear the words from the adored fellow African-American icon who is known for staying quiet on social and racial issues. “I just read the statement before I came here. That’s big. That’s MJ. That’s Michael Jordan,” Anthony said. “As African-Americans, that’s who we look up to. He has a great voice with a great platform. I’m just glad that he came out now and he used it at this time with everything going on.”