Zaza Pachulia: To be honest, I was aiming for staying i…

Zaza Pachulia: To be honest, I was aiming for staying in basketball in a front office, but I didn’t know what team. The last couple of years, every summer, I’ve been going to different schools to get an education from the business side. This summer, actually, I went to the NBA office for a job shadow, went there for a couple days. Met with every single department I possibly could and got a lot of knowledge and experience in that regard. But I didn’t know the Warriors were gonna be the team who would offer me to join. I was really concentrated on playing every year, I was practicing and playing over the summer. It just … I dunno, it was great.
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Korkmaz wasn’t really surprised with Butler stepping up for the Heat, as he said. “It didn’t surprise me too much that Jimmy showed such a performance, but I gotta say that Jimmy has always been someone that spoke out when he sees something wrong or missing. And this kind of player that intervenes too much is not so welcome in the teams, especially by the coaches”, he explained. However, the Turkish guard/forward noted that the difference in Butler’s game is obvious with the Heat for reasons of chemistry: “I think that Jimmy never felt that he belonged with our team, he never felt part of our chemistry. So he couldn’t be so happy. Jimmy in Miami has a completely different image, body language, and game. In the end, it is the same Jimmy but he just didn’t feel part of our chemistry.”
Nobody knows for sure what the Nets star will look like. But between Durant’s positive headspace, specialists who spoke with The Post and WNBA star Breanna Stewart’s dominant return from her own similar injury, the signs bode well. All point to Brooklyn getting the same superstar version of Durant it signed up for. “He’s not an old guy, 36, 37 towards the end of his career,” said Dr. Laith Jazrawi, chief of the division of sports medicine at NYU Langone Sports Health. “I don’t think it’s like that in him. He’ll do just fine. I don’t see any issue to say he won’t be as good of a player as he was a year-and-a-half ago,”
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Isaiah Stewart: people smart enough know not to bet against Isaiah Stewart.People didn’t want me to be a ranked guy. But they knew they had no choice because every matchup that I’ve played against, I dominated. My game isn’t sexy. It’s not attractive. But at the end of the day, it gets the job done.People like flashy andpeople like potential but potential means you haven’t done anything. At the end of the day, I know I’m a winner. This past season was a losing season butpeople who know Isaiah Stewart know I’m going to be successful at the NBA level. They know the guys that are ahead of me, I’m better than them.
Isaiah Stewart: When the ball gets tipped off, I can’t wait for that day to come back so I’m able to prove these doubters wrong. They must have forgot who busted their favorite player ass every time, whypeople duck me and whypeople don’t like to play against Isaiah Stewart. If we were able to have group workouts with teams, a lot of these big men would not play against me. I look forward to getting back to basketball so I can just prove somepeople wrong and showpeople I’m the biggest sleeper in this draft. After a few years, people are going to look back at this draft and see that.
Isaiah Stewart: Team workouts would have exposed a lot of people. It would have shown NBA general managers thatpeople at my position do not like to go up against me. They are afraid their stock will go down. Because at the end of the day, point blank, they know I’m the better player. Agents would have been pulling their players against me, not letting them compete against me. That is something that did not get to happen this pre-draft process because of the unfortunate circumstances of COVID-19.
How would you compare your competitiveness to other players who you have faced? Isaiah Stewart: I just want it more. I want it more than any of these other guys I have ever played against. It shows. I always showed up. Every time I was on the court, I knew these guys did not want to play against me and I sensed that every time. They knew I was going to outwork them. They knew I was not going to get tired and they knew they had to keep up with me the whole game. They know that I am going to be a pain in the ass the whole game. They don’t like that. I just want it more. I’m a dog.
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