HoopsHype Mark Price rumors
Talent scouts believe Jimmer Fredette will fail unless he plays for a team that'll let him shoot as much as he wants, so he has apparently found a great nesting place in Sacramento. "They said the same thing about Mark Price," said one GM, noting how he fell to the second round. "That's who Jimmer reminds of, and, I seem to recall, he didn't do too badly." New York Post
Nash posted 23 points, 16 assists and seven rebounds and continued a streak of 48 consecutive made free throws to push him past Mark Price for the best career free-throw percentage in NBA history (90.4). "I looked up to Mark as a young player so that's obviously a thrill," Nash said. "It's been a tough season so it's not No. 1 on my list right now. We've got a lot of work to do so it's overshadowed by this uphill battle we have to wage." Arizona Republic
Bruce Kreutzer is the man at the equipment’s controls for Sandoval, a former college point guard and Dominican Republic national team player who is aiming for a spot in the N.B.A. Development League. He has fallen into a parade of professionals who have wound their way to the Suwanee Sports Academy, 35 miles northeast of Atlanta. The academy caters primarily to youngsters in several indoor sports, mostly basketball. A small section tucked off to the side is a minigymnasium less than a halfcourt in length. It has a low ceiling, mirrored walls and a scruffy floor. A sign identifies it as the Mark Price Shooting Lab, whose namesake and director needed no machines or technology to become an N.B.A. dead-eye. “I call it the A.A. of shooting,” said Price, 46, a retired four-time All-Star who is the most accurate free-throw shooter in N.B.A. history (.904) and is 23rd in career 3-point percentage (.402). Through computer-generated video and stills, he said, “You show them, and they go, ‘I’ve got a problem.’ ” New York Times
The lab’s most renowned problem case was Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, whose transcendent 2009-10 season was in small part a result of Price’s handiwork. Rondo arrived with a host of maladies — a flying elbow, which he neglected to keep tucked in; imbalance because of poor foot placement; and a habit of bringing the ball too far back before launching. Two dozen N.B.A. players, former gym rats all, have become Price’s lab rats in the off-season, along with others from the Development League, for which Kreutzer, the lab shooting coach and operator, is a consultant. New York Times
Not all participants’ identities are disclosed; some consider the sessions a form of rehabilitation that deserve privacy. Thaddeus Young, one of several Philadelphia 76ers to take part, said by telephone that he came out of the lab an improved, though not finished, product (his 2-point shooting is up this season, his 3-point shooting is down). Young’s shot was partly retooled, with emphasis on positioning his feet. He offers an unsolicited endorsement. New York Times
The Warriors are trying to decide whether to promote from within -- for example, move Calbert Chaney up a seat and make shooting coach Mark Price a full-time assistant -- or go find help from outside. Part of problem is that Smart gave Silas quite a bit of responsibility and he has the closest rapport with the players of any current assistant coach. San Jose Mercury-News
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