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jeffb 06-18-2009 10:28 PM

Kapono speaks about the trade, role with 76ers
 
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NBA.com

Confident Kapono ready to bring long-range shooting to 76ers

Posted Jun 18 2009 6:13PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jason Kapono is a sure shot to make an impact in Philadelphia all because of his long shot.



No active player in the NBA is as accurate in his career from 3-point range than Kapono.

No team in the NBA was worse from 3-point range last season than the Philadelphia 76ers.

Even a down year by Kapono's standards (43 percent) in 2008-09 would have been good enough to top Sixers regulars.

Andre Iguodala and Andre Miller made 95 3s out of the backcourt, guard Lou Williams missed 79 percent of his attempts, and only reserve Donyell Marshall (46 percent on 56 attempts) put up numbers that matched Kapono.

Kapono's career has bounced him to five teams in seven years because he can shoot the 3 like few others. That long-range boost is exactly what the Sixers are counting on as they try to go deep and win an Eastern Conference playoff series for the first time since 2003.

"I take care of what I can do and get ready to compete for playing time and provide a skill that this team needs," Kapono said on Thursday.

Kapono was acquired last week from Toronto for power forward Reggie Evans. The Sixers have a glut of big men in the frontcourt, especially if Elton Brand is fully recovered from shoulder surgery, and desperately needed that long-range threat. They made a woeful 32 percent of their attempts last season.

Kapono's numbers dipped a bit last season after he made 51 percent of his 3s in 2006-07 with Miami and 49 percent in 2007-08 with the Raptors. Kapono's .454 career 3-point shooting percentage is tied for first in league history with Steve Kerr.

Kapono believes he can lift his accuracy back near 50 percent.

"I don't think it's anything too serious so I'm still confident and still believe I'm one of the best out there and I look forward to bringing that to the 76ers," he said.

The former UCLA standout, who made a pitch for the Sixers to select Bruins guard Darren Collison in next week's draft, joked that he was barely ready to attend preschool when he knew outside shooting would keep his career moving upward.

"It first dawned on me when I realized I couldn't dribble, run, or dunk," he said. "Once you get into the league and got a chance to play, it really helps you out and you gain the confidence that you need to continue your career."

The Sixers have lacked a serious 3-point threat since trading Kyle Korver two years ago, and Kapono might even find a starting job at shooting guard in place of Willie Green. Kapono has talked briefly with first-year Sixers coach Eddie Jordan, and the message was clear: His 3s are needed, wanted and will have to connect for the Sixers to open the floor and have a shot at competing in the East.

"It's a huge step from my confidence standpoint," Kapono said. "It's such a great fit in terms of the style of play of Coach Jordan coming in with his system and philosophy
I can't believe he admited he couldn't dribble/run/dunk he should have added play D! :haha:

TOAO 06-18-2009 10:33 PM

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Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 195327)
I can't believe he admited he couldn't dribble/run/dunk he should have added play D! :haha:

Lmao :haha: Atleast he's honest

finstock 06-18-2009 10:59 PM

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Originally Posted by TOAO (Post 195328)
Lmao :haha: Atleast he's honest

I think JK had as many 3's as travels last year. Seriously, anybody else notice how often he travelled?

babyface 06-18-2009 11:51 PM

I hope he does well. He probably will too.

jeffb 06-19-2009 12:03 AM

"Kapono's career has seen him bounce around from 5 teams in 7 years because he can shoot the 3 like few others".....:laughing1:

That my friends, is a classic line! As if bouncing around the league is a good thing...lol

If he's so great why is it that a team doesn't scoop him up long term and keep him? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, why is that???? :confused2:

Someguy again 06-19-2009 08:01 AM

Cause you can't keep something so awesome for a long time.

fancylad 06-19-2009 09:30 AM

wow. 5 teams? I knew of Charlotte, Miami and obviously toronto, but i didn't realize he was such a journeyman.

I like the guy for his sense of humour and the way he handled himself in general. He's a good guy. It's too bad things never worked out for him here, but it really didn't stand much of a chance given his abilities and the team's needs.

Gurk 06-19-2009 10:53 AM

He got drafted by Cleveland so that is team number 4 and Philly which is number 5. Also, this move was good for both teams, we got the interior toughness we needed and they got a three point shooter. I just hope he doesn't torch us with threes when he comes and faces the Raps

Superjudge 06-19-2009 11:31 AM

Kapono is a top level dude. I like him.

He has a great attitude, good team guy.

I wish him good luck... just not against Toronto

Jakkal 06-19-2009 11:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Gurk (Post 195403)
He got drafted by Cleveland so that is team number 4 and Philly which is number 5. Also, this move was good for both teams, we got the interior toughness we needed and they got a three point shooter. I just hope he doesn't torch us with threes when he comes and faces the Raps

ah don't worry, he'll likely be in a stretch of 20+ games where he doesn't shoot ... y'know... a 3... :mischief:

logicz 06-19-2009 12:11 PM

lol .. he might get starting position ... willl see how that pans out

m5racer 06-19-2009 12:51 PM

:haha:
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Originally Posted by logicz (Post 195456)
lol .. he might get starting position ... willl see how that pans out


Jakkal 06-19-2009 01:01 PM

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Originally Posted by logicz (Post 195456)
lol .. he might get starting position ... willl see how that pans out

um yeah and that means what... 2 shots per game???

Be afraid.... be very very afraid...

babyface 06-19-2009 01:38 PM

I'm sure he'll play harder against Toronto

Dark Knight 06-20-2009 04:35 PM

Dawn, we have lost all our personality.

Moon and Kapono can't play basketball, but they do know how to have fun

Jakkal 06-21-2009 05:00 PM

It was fun dis'n their play. Plenty of others have limitations though... :sigh:

Loh_08 06-22-2009 04:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Dark Knight (Post 195719)
Dawn, we have lost all our personality.

Moon and Kapono can't play basketball, but they do know how to have fun

Reggie Evans will have tons of on-court fun with his personality, that's for sure. The more he is hated, the better it is for us.


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