Any particular A.I. stories you can share?
Korver: (laughs) Well, there’s A.I. stories for
days, for sure.
And everyone always talks about the “Practice!”
interview -- and for good reason. Great presser.
But, you know, one of the moments that I
thought was just as great -- that didn’t get as
much love -- was when we were in Memphis.
There had been this big, long thing about him
not starting a game because he’d been late for
practice and then had ended up not playing for
a couple games, and it turned into a little ‘thing,’
And he was doing an interview at shootaround
in Memphis and I was shooting at the basket
behind him -- really because I just wanted to
hear what he was saying.
And he was like: “I don’t know no former MVP
that come off the bench. I don’t know no ninetime
All-Star that come off the bench. I don’t
know no four-time scoring champ that come
off the bench! Why is it always Allen Iverson’s
He went through his whole resume of, like,
everything! And rightfully so, right?
And I was just like: ‘Whoa! This is one of the
greatest things I’ve ever heard!’
And got no love on TV. I mean, surely, if there
had been social media like there is now back
then, it would’ve gotten a lot more play, but it
was still a great interview.
Aside from Iverson, were there any other
veterans that took you under their wing?
Korver: Yeah, Aaron McKey. Aaron McKey was
He talked to me about how to practice, he would
show me things during the game. But he did it
the right way.
Like, a lot of veterans -- there’s guys out there,
they want everyone to know that they’re helping
the young guy. You know, it makes them look
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good. So, they’re really doing it for themselves;
they’re not really doing it for you.
But Aaron would just pull you to the side when
no one else was looking and just talk to you
straight, encourage you. But then you get into
practice and he would never let you sub him
out. Like you’d ask him if he needed to come out
during one of the drills, if he was tired. He’d be
like: “No, no!”.
But that’s a lesson in itself! That’s a great lesson
for a young player -- like: ‘No, I don’t want you
coming in here taking my time on the practice
court then taking my minutes during a game!
I’m trying to play still.” And that was a great
He’d take you out to eat. He would show you the
ropes. He bought me a watch. I just thought:
‘Wow. This is the best.’
And were there any veterans that were extratough
Korver: Yeah, Eric Snow.
Man, Eric Snow was on me! I had to bring him a
newspaper every morning -- USA Today. Man,
I had to do a bunch of stuff for E-Snow. But he
was there for you, too. But it was just tough love.
(laughs) Yeah, it was really tough love.
Was there any initiation or hazing for the young
guys back then?
Korver: Well, E-Snow, I had to bring him the
paper every day. But you know, the usual, donuts
The NBA has come so far, though. We don’t do
a lot of hazing anymore, and for good reasons,
even though most of it’s harmless.
Young guys don’t have to do anything anymore.
Actually, you know, they probably have it too