SWORD MAGAZINE 107
Is the bank-shot something you’ve developed in the pros
or something you’ve always used?
Love: I’ve always used it – even in my post game, even if it
wasn’t on the face-up. I’d used it on the back-down -- turn
over my right shoulder and put it off the glass from the left
There have been scientific studies that prove how
effective the shot is. Does it feel better than a regular
shot at the rim?
Love: Whoa! There’s a scientific study! I’m smarter than I
But, actually, that’s what it feels like. It feels like you have
more room for error. The way it skips off the glass, I don’t
know, it’s just always felt like the hoop gets bigger.
Around the basket, you’re just trying to put it soft off the
glass. But I think that when you’re shaking in the post and
you’re going to your move, especially when you’re going
baseline, I try to use the glass quite a bit.
Do you consider yourself a ‘throwback player’?
Love: In a lot of ways, yes.
But at the same time, I’ve added stuff to my game and
been able to, I guess, move into the modern era of
basketball that’s more like 2018 – where it is ‘pace and
space’ – because I am able to shoot the long ball and play
that running game and add a different dynamic to the
running game. Like, I’m bringing it up the floor now and I’m
also rebounding and running the outlet.
But the European influence – mostly Dirk Nowitzki – had
such an influence on me. And same with my dad – to have
that presence of mind to know that’s where the game is going.