Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young struggled with his shot during a rough first two games in Summer League and the prospect is trying to improve amid the initial comparisons to Steph Curry.
Young wants to model his game more after Steve Nash than Curry, but tries to blend aspects of both of their games in his.
“I try to be Steve Nash more than Steph,” Young said ,according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. “I do blend Nash and Steph a lot, but my favorite player growing up was Steve Nash. I get a lot of Steph comparisons, and I agree I do have a few attributes that are similar to Steph. But Steve Nash is a Hall of Famer, though, and Steph will be one day too. I know I always have to show and prove my passing ability. I have to get better on that aspect, and I definitely work on that a lot.”
Young also addressed his shooting woes of late.
“I shoot my shots, and sometimes they’re going to go in, sometimes they’re not. I live with that,” Young said. “Everyone on the outside might come down on me, but I put in the reps so I’m confident every time I shoot.”
Vince Carter Returning for 22nd NBA Season
Vince Carter isn’t ready to call it a career just yet.
Carter announced his intentions next season during an appearance on
the latest episode of the Winging It podcast, (h/t the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore).
Carter had stated that he was “90 percent” sure he would retire following the 2018-2019 season, which he wrote in an entry with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated back in April 2018.
Carter appeared on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption back in March and stated he might have another season left in him:
Carter averaged 7.4 points per game for the Hawks last season.
Hawks’ Kent Bazemore To Miss At Least Two Weeks
While Bazemore’s absence won’t make a huge impact on the outcome of the Hawks’ season, who have struggled this season, it will make an impact on their flexibility around the trade deadline as the team will lose a valuable trade chip.
Bazemore has been enjoying a career year this season, averaging 14.0 ppg and 4.0 rebounds to go along with 2.6 assists for Atlanta this season.
Hawks’ Vince Carter Won’t Enter Slam Dunk Contest
While NBA fans are pushing for it, Atlanta Hawks veteran guard, and former Slam Dunk Champion, Vince Carter will not be entering this season’s Slam Dunk Content during the NBA All-Star weekend festivities.
“I don’t think about doing it,” Carter said, during an appearance on The Ringer’s “Winging It”podcast (h/t John Chick of TheScore). “We all … go back and talk about the dunk contest from 2000 and what it did for people and where you were and all of that, and I know what it did for me. So I feel like to taint it, 18-19 years later, why?”
Carter had one of the most legendary performances in the Slam Dunk competition back in 2000, in which he put on an absolute display en route to winning the contest.
“I think if I step on the court for someone to see a dunk, the first thing you’re going to think about is 2000,” Carter continued. “And you’re gonna compare that to 18-19 years later. And that’s just too much time in between. What that did for me then, I don’t ever want to tarnish it. And I feel like going out there, I’m just trying to relive something that should be left alone. Just like when we think some of our classic movies, like let’s not reboot or remake, let’s just leave it alone.”
Age is likely the reason Carter would opt to stay out.
“(In 2000) it didn’t matter, I could dunk fresh off the bus, off the plane,” Carter said. “Now, meh, not so much.”
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