at the end of the year. And it ended up being a
You played in 72 games as a rookie, did you ever
hit the ‘Rookie Wall’?
Korver: I played in a lot of games, but a lot of
the games that I played in -- especially in the
beginning -- it was like, say, the end of the
quarter and we had the ball. Coach would call a
timeout and put me in the right corner so that
A.I. could have his right hand and try to get to
the basket at the end of the shot-clock and hit
one of his little floaters.
So, it’s like in a lot of those games I probably
played a combined minute-and-a-half -- just
end-of-the-quarter type stuff. But I got to appear
in a lot of games and, by the end, I got to play lot
My second year is when I played a lot. I think
I broke my nose about two-thirds through the
season and I hit a little wall that year. I was
pretty out of it for, like, a month.
Did you have any thoughts back then that you’d
be a three-point specialist?
Korver: Well, it’s always been what I do best.
Like, a lot of people don’t want to be labeled
a certain thing anymore. They don’t want to
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be a specialist. But they’re just kind of OK at
And I think one of the ways that you carve out a
long career is to be great at something. You can’t
be bad in other areas; you still have to be able to
play the team game. But, I mean, I’ve never been a
high-flyer. I’ve never been a break-you-down, oneon
I run around a lot. I shoot a lot of threes. And
that’s just kind of what I’ve done since I was really
What was the experience like, joining a team led
by Allen Iverson?
Korver: A.I. was great for me. To this day, I can’t
even believe it. He was amazing to me.
The thing is, A.I. didn’t want to pass you the ball
unless he thought you were going to make it. He
was like: ‘Why would I pass you the ball if you’re
going to miss?’ He would just rather shoot it
We didn’t have a lot of shooting on our team and
he felt like I could give him some assists -- and
so he was always looking for me. And he really
encouraged me to shoot. He’d be like: ‘Shooters
shoot the ball! Shooters shoot the ball!’
He would tell me that all the time. So, he helped
me be aggressive.
There’s a lot of talented guys that come to the
NBA, but you kind of have to make it at some
point. You’ve got to have like a moment or a year
where you show everyone that you can play. And
I wouldn’t have had that early in my career, or
maybe at all, if it wasn’t for him -- just because he
was just so there for me.
So, to this day, he’s one of the most important
people that I’ve had in my career, just because he
helped me get going in the beginning.