Using the backboard is such an old-school move. Who
were some of your influences?
Kevin Love: Know who I used to watch use the backboard
all the time? George Gervin.
He could shoot it straight-on. He would shoot – basically
our three-point shot – and bank it! I remember the NBA
legends would play at All-Star weekend; he was there
with Pete Maravich and he would just call “GLASS” from
You’ll never see that anymore.
But I really learned it from Tim Duncan – and I also had an
assistant coach, Jack Sikma – who really helped me a lot.
And my dad knew all the angles on the glass. If the NBA
had a three-point line when he was playing, he would’ve
lasted in the league a lot longer because he could REALLY
He was a little bit ahead of his time for being 6-9, being
able to run the floor, pass, shoot.
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Why is going glass a dying art?
Love: Because it’s not sexy.
And it’s a mid-range shot. And today’s game is ‘pace and
space.’ So, we’re looking for three-point shots, we’re looking
to get into the paint. And using the window has been lost a
lot in our game.
I think the game is moving farther away from the basket.
You look at 4’s and 5’s now – you’re seeing Karl-Anthony
Towns, you’re seeing Boogie Cousins and guys like that
stepping back and hitting, like, 180 threes in a season.
I was the first guy to average over 10.0 rebounds and hit
1000 three-pointers. But you’re going to see a lot more of
that now. All those guys are gonna get there.
Will the bank-shot ever come back?
Love: Well, things always have a way of coming back
around, but the game, in a lot of ways, is getting smaller –
where you’re seeing guys like LeBron playing the 5 and so
many non-traditional bigs -- a guy like Draymond Green
-- playing the 5.
And I think teams like Golden State and Houston have
kind of changed the landscape of how teams are playing
and how they’re built. It’s not traditional anymore. They’re
constantly mixing up lineups and the lineups -- really as it
should be -- are all based on matchups, and vise-versa.
Do you go glass based on what spot you are on the floor
or who’s guarding you?
Love: A little bit of both. From both the left and right side,
I like using the glass. That’s something that I’ve worked on
Shooting straight-on from that angle feels like there’s more
room for error. So, using the glass to your advantage, and at
that angle, is something that I think a lot of shooters – and
I mean guys that aren’t necessarily specialists – have used
to their advantage.
A guy like Tim Duncan, he wasn’t necessarily the greatest
shooter. But he used that glass to his advantage every
chance he could. And a great shooting guard who uses
the glass quite often is Dwyane Wade. He’ll pull up in
transition and put it off the glass. And Russell Westbrook is
very good as well.
Those guys are so explosive you forget how great they are