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Kyle Korver
Kyle Korver
Position: F
Born: 03/17/81
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:212 lbs. / 96.2 kg.
Salary: $6,004,753
Korver also benefitted at each stop with a gift that would expand his view of humanity and race. As a white man in a black man’s game and locker room, he received a level of education and awareness and sensitivity that escapes many who look like him. “When I went to Philadelphia I was the only white guy on the team my rookie year,” he said. “After a couple years I get traded to Salt Lake City, which is as white as it gets in the NBA. Went from there to Chicago and Atlanta. Then I went to Cleveland, then back to Utah. And now I’m in Milwaukee, a place some say is the most segregated city in America. It seems whenever I go, I move from one side to the other.”
Lots of suitcases and real estate agents. But with all the mileage comes wisdom, which he’s anxious to share. “My hope is that I can gain information from my black friends and teammates and then take those messages to people on the other side who maybe don’t get the chance to hear them,” he said. “It’s a tricky space for me, to be in the middle, but at the same time it’s important work for me.”
Kyle Korver will never know the angst of a race or understand the feeling of systemic racism; he wasn’t born into that segment of society. Yet he does the next best thing by tapping into that group, and into his own past, to shape his beliefs and those of his children and neighbors. “To watch LeBron use his platform to make a difference was important for me,” he said. “To see him leverage that platform and step into spaces that are confrontational, I haven’t done that in the past. Look, everybody loves to do their part to help out the kids, food banks, hospitals, there’s a lot of ways to give back to communities, but this is a deeper and harder space to step into. My way is going to be different than LeBron’s way, right? But just watching him try was really helpful for me. And so I think I can do more.”
For Kyle Korver, choosing a social justice message to use on the back of his Milwaukee Bucks jersey was simple. The white male who has been outspoken about white privilege chose “Black Lives Matter.” “I just think that in this moment in time, this is the message. Anything I would ever hope to convey on the back of a jersey is represented in these three words,” Korver told The Undefeated in a text message Sunday.
Korver said NBA players will have a “great opportunity” to keep their activism message going during the restart of the season with their jersey messages and other statements on and off the court. “It’s a great opportunity. It’s a unique moment. We’re not able to interact with each other very much yet because of the safety protocols in place. But I think everyone is very aware of the opportunity and wants to capitalize on it,” Korver, 39, said.
However, the 17-year veteran understands his career is nearing an end. As a reserve guard from the NBA best Milwaukee Bucks, Korver recognizes this might be his last chance to win an NBA title. “I care more about change happening than a championship, right?” Korver said. “On the other side, I am on a team that feels like we could win. And I have never won. I would like to win. So is there a way to do both? I think there’s a conversation there.”
“[NBA commissioner] Adam Silver is the best,” Korver said. “We also have the most diverse leadership group. So I think there’s more voices that will speak into this space than the other leagues.” Despite the remaining unanswered questions, Korver is optimistic about the league’s future. “I’m really curious to what the NBA does come out with,” Korver said. “I’m sure they’re going to the next few days about how can we take advantage of this time in Orlando, play good basketball, and be about change.”
The radiothon aired on 94.5 ESPN Milwaukee and 100.5 ESPN Madison from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday. Connaughton was joined on-air by Bucks teammates Donte DiVincenzo, Kyle Korver, Khris Middleton and Antetokounmpo, Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry, general manager Jon Horst and head coach Mike Budenholzer, along with numerous other guests from across the sports world including Aaron Rodgers, Matt LaFleur, Craig Counsell, Greg Gard, Josh Hader and Yelich.
So, where does Robinson rank among the elite three-point shooters Crowder has played with? “He’s definitely top five,” Crowder said. “I’ve played with a few. Probably top two. I think about Kyle Korver and I think about Duncan. “To be honest with you, Kyle Korver comes off one way, though. Duncan is coming off both sides, so he’s a little more dynamic in that sense. I don’t want to say he’s a better shooter, but he’s more dynamic because really Kyle Korver wants to come off the left side of the floor. If you notice, he wants to come off that left side corner. So, Duncan can come out and play both sides. He’s a little more dynamic.”
Antetokounmpo isn’t much of a recruiter. He doesn’t believe it’s part of his job as the Bucks’ franchise player. “I don’t like doing that stuff,” Antetokounmpo said. “I don’t get an extra paycheck for doing Jon’s job or Coach Bud’s job or whoever’s job it is. … If you asked me one year ago, two years ago, I’d say, ‘Coach, just take care of it.’ ” As he learned that Brogdon was joining the Pacers though, Antetokounmpo got involved.
“It comes to a point that I’m like, “OK. Malcolm’s about to leave,’ ” Antetokounmpo said. “And at the time, Wesley Matthews and Kyle Korver were the guys I felt like could help us win.” So, Antetokounmpo grabbed his phone. Matthews, like Antetokounmpo, is represented by Octagon, so it wasn’t difficult for Antetokounmpo to connect with him. But there was one problem. “I made the phone call and he did not pick up,” Antetokounmpo said.
Before she could explain or make her way to Matthews from her office to physically hand him the phone, Matthews returned Antetokounmpo’s call. “He was working out … and called me right back,” Antetokounmpo said. “I told him, ‘Look. You can defend. You can knock down shots. You’re a great person. You’re a great human being first of all. You can help this team be better. At the end of the day, you haven’t won a championship, right? I haven’t won a championship either. We have to bring a group together that wants that and wants that bad.’ ”With a few other teams interested in Matthews, Antetokounmpo’s phone call helped push the Bucks to the top of Matthews’ list.
Korver likely suspected Antetokounmpo knew he was at P3 because he has worked out there for over a decade. Regardless, Korver invited Antetokounmpo to shoot with him later at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “And we start the workout and I’m like, ‘OK. Kyle, look, this is how I can get you open shots,’ ” Antetokounmpo said. ‘We can run this. We can do this. I know Al Horford is your best friend. I know you’d love playing with Al Horford in Philly, but look, I can (get you shots). I can find you easier.’ He loved it.” They enjoyed their time together so much the first time around, they decided to do it again.
Kyle Korver had the sports world buzzing on April 8, 2019, when he acknowledged the issues of white privilege and racism in his first-person story for The Players Tribune titled Privileged. Nearly a year later, Korver told The Undefeated that the reaction to his article was mixed, but more positive than he expected. “Some people were very emotional. It’s hard for me to fully understand,” said Korver, who was a member of the Utah Jazz when he penned the article. “A lot of people felt seen, especially in the NBA. Some older people, some older men, reached out to me and just said thank you. I wasn’t planning on any good reaction. I was bracing for the other side. So, that was really interesting to hear. I’m grateful.
How did you come up with the idea of writing it? Korver: The idea started in Atlanta [when Korver played for the Atlanta Hawks]. There was a bunch of things nationally and locally that were happening. And, I was like, ‘Wow, I don’t fully understand.’ And I was embarrassed. I’ve lived in complete diversity and no diversity. … I was born in Paramount, California. Then I moved to Iowa. Then I’m in Omaha, Nebraska, and then Philly and then Utah and then Chicago, Atlanta, Cleveland and back to Utah.
Korver: It was really interesting to me when I was trying to understand and be intentional in having conversations and intentional in trying to research. How many blind spots did I have even though I lived in the NBA? It was like, ‘Wow.’ All this stuff. The anthem [protest in the NFL] is happening. All these conversations were happening. I was talking to friends back home, where there wasn’t a lot of diversity and they had certain opinions on all these things. There was a string of events, four significant events that happened, where I thought there was an opportunity to say something. … So I tried to take that seriously. What good will it do? I don’t know.
You have a one-year deal with the Bucks. Are people asking about your future? Kyle Korver: It’s a year-by-year thing. There are so many factors that go in to it now. You want to go out on your own terms. You don’t want to go out because your body quit on you or because you broke down and can’t play anymore. And that all sounds really good, but it’s another thing to say, “this is it” — to make that choice. Because that is a thing. This is something you’ve done your whole life. But I have young kids; it’s not like I’m going to stop playing basketball and think my glory days are done. I’m excited about the rest of my life.
You told me last year that you felt better physically than you did at the start of your career, in large part because you knew how to take better care of your body. Is that still the case? Kyle Korver: I think you measure a lot of it based on pain: Do you hurt as much as you hurt last year? When you get out of bed in the morning, or when you first step onto the court for practice and take a couple of shots: How much do I hurt right now? You have this pain tracker in your head. But, yeah, I think I’m about the same as I was last year, and maybe even better because I was a little beat up toward the end of last year. But the challenge, as you get older, is that there’s more responsibility in life. You’ve got kids and you’ve got to be a dad and you’ve got to wrestle and tickle and play games and all that stuff. You don’t get to sleep until 10 o’clock anymore.
You’ve been a part of some really good teams. Do the Bucks share any similarities to those teams? Kyle Korver: I do think every team is unique. But I feel like this team is more like the Bulls teams that I was on. There are a lot of similarities between Giannis and Derrick [Rose] in that they both just love the game and love to work, and they’re gym rats who accept coaching. They’re just, ‘Tell me what to do, and I’ll do it as hard as I can to the best of my ability.’ There’s a humility to them both, and that sets the tone for the rest of the team.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Cleveland and Utah have worked together on three trades since February of 2018, including that trade deadline three-way with Kings that included Jae Crowder and Rodney Hood. Jazz acquired Kyle Korver for Alec Burks and two second-round picks last November. The Jazz will send Cleveland a 2022 (via San Antonio) and 2023 (via Golden State) second-round picks, sources said.
While Korver understood the Jazz’s subsequent moves to solve those woes by trading for Conley and signing Bojan Bogdanovic, that didn’t lessen his shock at learning he was one of the pieces sacrificed necessarily to bring those moves about. “Yeah, definitely caught me off-guard. Like I said, I’ve been traded a few times before — very rarely do you see it coming,” Korver said. “You know, the NBA is a beautiful job for a lot of reasons; living stability is not one of them.”
Mike Budenholzer said Korver also was making an impact with his intangibles. “There’s so many things that Kyle brings to a team. His professionalism, his work ethic is just off the charts, and it rubs off on everybody, from your best player to, you know, all the way through the roster,” he said. “… He does everything that you want and need to win. You know, the shooting is the thing that everybody gravitates towards, and it’s obviously an incredible skill set. But I think the other things, to me, are as important, if not more.”