HoopsHype Kyle Korver rumors

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Korver is the Atlanta Hawks' 32-year-old, 6-7 swingman who owns the NBA record for consecutive games making a three-pointer (118). He recoils at the notion he is a merely a specialist, some kind of hood ornament. He is a dutiful NBA player. "Three-point shooting better be the best part of my game, but if that's all you do, you don't get to play that much in the NBA," Korver said. "I try and be solid all around. I enjoy basketball, not just shooting." USA Today Sports

"If I look back at the greatest shooters of all time, I can find all kinds of mistakes in mechanics, but if you look at it, they are the same mechanics every single time, so the first part of shooting is finding the shot you can make every single time," Korver said. "It doesn't matter what it looks like, but you have to be able to replicate it every single time. "Eventually, you get to a point where you recognize what's wrong. When I am warming up I would rather miss a shot than make it. If I am making it and they are going in and all I have is a good rhythm, well, that rhythm may not be there during a game." USA Today Sports

The essence of Korver's success is playing off screens and spacing. Also, the transition three, once shunned in the NBA, is a part of his repertoire. According to statistics compiled by Synergy, in the last five years, Korver connects on transition threes at a robust 45.9%. His threes in the halfcourt are 44.9%. USA Today Sports

On Feb. 13, 2013, in Orlando, the Hawks were pummeling the Magic when Korver was pulled from the game for good — without a made three. A few seats away, there was a humming in assistant coach Bob Weiss' pocket. It was Weiss' wife texting him that Korver did not yet have a three. The streak was in jeopardy. Korver was reinserted into the game. "I didn't like it, I didn't like it one bit, that's not who I am as a player," Korver said. "I went in, missed two threes and looked at the bench like, 'Get me out of here.' Then I made one." USA Today Sports

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USA Basketball announced Thursday its 28-player pool for the next three summers that features a wide variety of American standouts, stretching from Miami's reigning MVP LeBron James to mercurial Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins to Atlanta Hawks shooting specialist Kyle Korver. The pool, chosen by USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski, is headlined by well-known stars such as James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony -- none of whom are expected to compete at the 2014 World Cup of Basketball in Spain. It also includes a number of the game's rising talents while also keeping injured Team USA vets Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook in the fold. ESPN.com

Returning to national team roster after capturing gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championship are Chandler, Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Durant, Iguodala, Love, Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), and Westbrook. Completing the USA National Team roster are NBA standouts LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); David Lee (Golden State Warriors); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors). NBA.com

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Over the course of just two weeks there that summer, Korver realized that specific movements he had been making on the court since he was a youth were putting extra stress on certain body parts. For one, during video analysis of his jump shooting he saw that his knees were almost knocking together. In fact, left knee pain he had been having in Utah made it easier for him to awkwardly first step into his shot with his right leg, which left-handers do. "I was sick to my stomach when I was watching myself jump," he said. "Then I imagined myself all the times I've jumped growing up, in college and in the NBA, and I was doing that for that long." Bleacher Report

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