Stephen Jackson Sees Political Reasons For Why Kyle Korver Is Still A Pro And He Isn’t
If Kyle Korver wasn't on an NBA roster, he'd be the single best basketball player on Earth without a million dollar contract. Even at 35 years of age -- old for just about any professional athlete -- he'd be a valuable addition to any team in the league, which is why the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly willing to part with a first-rounder to acquire his services. Dude still hits over 40% of all shots he takes from beyond the three-point line (something he's done for the last 13 seasons), so it shouldn't come as a surprise that he's [drumroll] in the NBA.
Sources: Cleveland, Atlanta will work on finding a 3rd team for Dunleavy until Friday trade call. If none found, Hawks willing to keep him.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 6, 2017
The same cannot be said for the guy he's being traded for, Mike "I will eventually play on every team in the Central Division" Dunleavy, but at 6'9" with just-under-40%-three-point-skills, he too still has a place on an NBA roster. Are Dunleavy's days of dropping 35 in a playoff game over? Of course. Can he stretch the floor and give you some defense for 10 minutes a night? Absolutely.
Korver and Dunleavy are in the NBA because of their ability to contribute on the floor. Discussion over, right?
According to 38-year-old Stephen Jackson, it's not only surprising that Dunleavy and Korver are still kicking around, it's indicative of some much more sinister. In fact, Captain Jack thinks the forces keeping them in the league have the opposite effect on him and other players like him.
Dunlevey and Korver in the NBA and me and my comrades not goes to show that politics exist but once again they don't want the truth. Oh well
— IG: stak5passe (@DaTrillStak5) January 6, 2017
For context, Stephen Jackson hasn't played a minute of NBA basketball since the 2013-14 season, when he gave the Los Angeles Clippers 14 three-point attempts, of which he made just one. As a San Antonio Spur in the previous season, Jackson shot .271 from behind the arc. The season before that? No one knows, as the video camera had not yet been invented. Point is, there may be actual "political" reasons why certain players are still in the NBA and others are not, but when it comes to Stephen Jackson (and Kyle Korver and Mike Dunleavy), it's pretty obvious that there are legitimate basketball explanations for their current employment status.
Perhaps it's Stephen Jackson who doesn't want the truth.
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