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It’s not the smartest attitude to boast, but it helps make up for the other 90 percent of the time, avoid the willies, insure self-confidence when things aren’t going well, and steel themselves for when it’s wide-open shot they should make. I remember reading Reggie Miller tell a journalist that he gets ticked off at himself when he doesn’t make an absurd amount of his wide open looks, something like 75 to 80 percent, even if they’re from 25 feet away. Why wouldn’t he far eclipse his usual averages, he thought? He’s wide open! The latest to come clean with this line of thinking is former Dallas, Milwaukee, but mostly Seattle sharpshooter Dale Ellis, who had this to say to the Boston Globe over the weekend: “I’m the best shooter of all time,” he said. “I know that from the jump. I set the standard. I gave them something to shoot for. I was the first player in the history of the game to get 1,000 3-pointers. To be able to play on that level, you have to have that attitude about yourself. You can say it’s arrogant or cocky or whatever, but that’s OK. There’s no way you can compete without it. There’s no way you can excel without that confidence level.”
Former Seattle SuperSonics and Denver Nuggets guard Dale Ellis was a player during all three: a three-month hiatus in 1995 in which no games were missed; another in 1996 that lasted only a few hours; and the most damaging one in 1998-99 that led to a 50-game shortened season when Ellis was 38 and nearing the end of his career. But if you ask Ellis, only the last qualified as a true lockout. And that’s also why he’s not ready to call the current labor impasse a lockout. “They haven’t missed one game,” Ellis said. “Miss a game and then it’s a lockout. “They might as well calm down. The kind of money these guys are making now it shouldn’t hurt them anyway to miss a few games.”