Mark Price Rumors
“Steph’s a little bit bigger than I was, but he’s still probably considered a smaller guard in the league,” said Mark Price, who shot over 40 percent from 3 in his 12 seasons as a point guard in the league. “And so just the ability to navigate, play against bigger players, stronger players, more athletic players. And just his ability to create shots. The ability to get it off, especially when you’re a smaller guard, that was something I was constantly working on because you just don’t have a lot of space sometimes. … And Steph’s motion is so compact, and he’s able to replicate that same shot no matter where he’s at on the floor.”
Love was still stinging from two late misses in the Cavs’ 116-109 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. But that did not obscure how honored Love felt to move into second place on the Cavs’ all-time 3-point list or the respect he feels for Price because of the disparity in the eras in which they played. “He’s one of the all-time greats, one of the all-time Cav greats,” Love said. “He’s a guy that made his mark on this team, on this organization. “So to always be in the same sentence as guys like that, especially him being such a tremendous shooter, it really means a lot. Having said that, a little bit different style of play back in the day.”
“I shot 14 3s tonight and I was saying without a guard on me that I was going to get up 15,” Love said. “A little bit different. Their efficiency had to be extremely high in that era, because they just weren’t getting up as many 3s. It wasn’t a pace-and-space league like it is now. “So while I passed him in the numbers, you still have to recognize Mark Price for being one of the all-time best shooters in this league. So that number isn’t really … his number isn’t really indicative of how great of a true shooter he actually was, especially from that 3-point line.” Price’s .409 3-point percentage ranks fourth on the Cavs’ list behind now-Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr (.472), Kyle Korver (.454) and Wesley Person (.422). Love’s percentage with the Cavs is .375.
On Sunday, Stephen Curry won the NBA All-Star 3-point contest for the second time, joining Larry Bird, Craig Hodges, Mark Price, Jeff Hornacek, Peja Stojakovic and Jason Kapono as multiple-time winners. Curry scored 28 points in the final round to edge Utah’s Mike Conley, who registered 27 points.