New York Knicks point guard Trey Burke compared his team to the Navy SEALS for the way they put their lives on the line when they take the court. While the comparison may seem ridiculous, Burke elaborated.
“It’s a whole level of focus we have to have,’’ Trey Burke said, according to the New York Post’s Marc Berman. “Take the me out of it and it’s we. It’s like Navy SEALs. There’s lives on the line. I know it’s not life and death, but in this league it kind of is. You want to win games. We got to learn to value it. We value just being in the games with these playoff teams. ‘We’re in the game.’ It’s not what it’s about.’
Burke knows that he has to be ready when he is called upon.
When my number’s called, I can’t be something I’m not,’’ Burke said. “I have to be the guard that I am. Coach [David Fizdale] told me to attack. That’s what I’m going to do. I can’t try to please being someone I’m not. That’s what I did earlier in the season. For this team to win, I have to be the Trey Burke everyone knows I can be.”
Burke had to work hard to get back to the NBA, with a strong performance in the G-League earning him a spot on the Knicks roster. While Burke struggled this season, he has started to showcase the ability he had when he lit up the G League last year.
“[I was] being conservative, letting the game come to me,’’ Burke said. “Not attacking immediately. Naturally I’m a scoring point guard. When I attack it’s not always for me to score, it creates for others to. I wasn’t doing that.
“Earlier in the season, I was settling too much for jump shots. Having time to reflect how I was effective last season and different spurts throughout my career, I was always in attack mode and having fun and getting in the paint.
“We didn’t win but it’s a game I can build on,’’ Burke said.
Pistons’ Andre Drummond Says Pairing with Blake Griffin ‘Nightmare’ for Teams
Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond is a big fan of playing alongside forward Blake Griffin and believes it gives the Pistons an edge over their opponents.
In fact, Drummond believes that he and Griffin pose a “nightmare” challenge for opposing teams.
“I think for me, my job is to make his game as easy as possible on the offensive end. When I get him open, he usually makes the right plays,” Drummond said, accordig to The Associated Press.
“It’s a nightmare for teams. You’ve got to really pick your poison, who you really want to get going, and it’s scary when we both get it going.”
Drummond is putting in a solid season, averaging 17.4 points and 15.0 rebounds per game this season.
Heat’s Dwyane Wade Reflect on Final All-Star Game
After making his final appearance at an NBA All-Star game as an active player, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade took time to reflect on the experience as he enters the final few months of his NBA playing career.
“Whatever my legacy is and whatever it will become, it’s what I’ve been building since anybody ever heard my name or before that,” said Wade, soon turning his attention to the remainder of the season, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
“So at the end of the day, when it’s over, I think that the respect that I’ve been getting from fans around the world, fans in arenas, the players that I’m playing against, that’s the thing that makes me fill my heart with joy. Because I just want a respect for what I bring to the table, and that’s in both on the court and off the court. And I’ve been getting that.”
Wade will be calling it a career at the end of the season.
“So I’ve just got to keep it going. I’m 37 years old, I’m a young man in life. I’ve got a long life ahead of me, and I’m destined to do other things that’s great. So see what that is.”
Celtics’ Jayson Tatum Addresses Trade Rumors
Ever since New Orleans’ Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis put in a trade demand rumors have been running non-stop about which teams, and which players, will be a part of his exit from New Orleans.
One player in particular, Boston Celtics’ star Jayson Tatum, has been rumored to be a main piece in a potential trade that would land Davis in Boston.
Tatum, isn’t concerned with the constant chatter.
“And my response is always the same; control what I can control, I don’t take it personal. I understood coming in that it is a business. They have to make the best decision for them, whatever that may be. Especially right now; I can’t control it.” Tatum said, according to NBC Sports’ A.Sherrod Blakely.
“You learn pretty quickly that when you are under contract, you don’t have too much say-so,” Tatum said.
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