While he has shown some improvement, the Maryland native isn’t a finished product. Witnesses have observed that, on occasion, he appears to push his long-range shots from in front of his face. Fultz also looks more fluid off the dribble than while stationary. “When I look at the actual form, there are times, from a posture standpoint, he’s a little bit backward,” Brown said. “When you look at him rising up, or getting the ball in his shot pocket, sometimes his head will go back and he’ll play more in a fade-type fundamental that we want to try to correct.”
Popovich is also known for having used one of the more ridiculous looking hand signals for a play called “Shake.” When signaling the call, Pop looked like he was pantomiming an onanistic act. Then again, that’s up for interpretation. “You could say he was shaking up some dice with that hand,” an East scout mused.
Monty Williams: “He was a guy who gave me a shot. Pop invited me to be around, but Brett was the one who said I got him. He could be in my stable and we spent every day together talking about coaching, life, on the court and on the elliptical. So that stuff went a long way with me because he didn’t have to do it and so when I left and went to Portland we stayed in contact. I got a head job and he got a head job and we started competing against each other. We never lost that relationship and then this opportunity came up and it just seemed like not only the right thing to do, but it’s been a good transition for me.”
Simmons attempted just one 3 in the postseason, and he’ll have to establish some sort of long-range jumper to become a serious all-around threat in the NBA. “His jump shot’s not going to define him,” Brown said. “At some point, it will sure help. But I have aspirations, ambitions for him where I want him to feature on an all-defensive team. I personally want to post him more. I look forward to using him as a screener and giving Markelle the ball and let him roll out of it, that Blake Griffin-sort of half-roll and go to dunk.”
Simmons also needed work on his free throws — he made 191 of 341 for just 56 percent last season. “Imagine if he can score one more point, it translates to like three to five more wins,” Brown said. “When I look at how you’re going to do that, that’s one way that interests me, let’s just get him more free throws. Can you finish, can you be a better free-throw shooter than you were in the regular season? He has to be.”