Tips From Kyle Korver – Is Your Inner Circle Making You Better?

By Joe Haefner

Kyle Korver was the 2nd oldest player at the age of 33 to make his 1st all star appearance.

Prior to joining the Atlanta Hawks in 2012, he’d only started in 10 career games.

As Kyle mentions below, hard work, the right attitude, and surrounding yourself with the right people can help you achieve goals that others did not believe you could attain.

“I think there’s something to who knows what can happen when you put your heart and soul into something and do the daily work every day and try to be consistent and try to be open minded,” said Korver. “And surround yourself with people who can make you better. Who knows what can happen? It’s kind of a cool message, I suppose. There’s the saying: ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ I just try to be open minded and learn from it all.”

“It wasn’t always easy. There were a lot of hard moments and sometimes you learn from the end of the bench. Sometimes you learn from injuries. If you can keep a good attitude and keep on working eventually situations change and you can put those things to use.”

“I’ve always thought of myself as a basketball player. Shooting should always be what I do best, but I enjoy the whole game. I enjoy defense. I enjoy passing. I love setting screens. I like coming in and trying to block a shot on the weak side. I love x’s and o’s. I love working, For me, I’ve never thought of myself if I was labeled as a shooter, you can go and say whatever you want. I know that I love the whole game of basketball. So that’s what I’ve always believed in. Maybe now some people are changing their opinions a little bit and that’s great, but it really doesn’t matter because I have the most amazing job. I play basketball and I can keep working on getting better.”

Why Kyle Korver Is One Of The Best Shooters In The World

By Joe Haefner

From Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau:

“It’s a tribute to the way he works at it, the way he studies, prepares; his offseason conditioning work he puts in is incredible. It’s not an accident what he’s doing. Everyone knows it’s coming. He knows how to get open, he plays for the team. He’s a star in his own way; he’s always embraced his role, always played for the team, a great pro. The numbers say that (he’s among the elite all time shooters).”

 

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer:

“Kyle’s getting better. His footwork, ability to read screens, understand the offense. He’s an incredible shooter. I was blown away with how he shot it last year and now percentage wise he’s shooting it even better. The league has had some pretty amazing shooters without getting into names. For me in a season and 20, 25 games, I personally haven’t seen anyone on a night in and night out shoot it better.”

 

If you like quotes from coaches and players like these, check out Steve Finamore’s blog: Playing The Right Way. That’s where I get most of these.