Korver had strange odyssey to Atlanta

Vivlamore reporting. Here is my story on Kyle Korver for Saturday’s print edition of the AJC:

Kyle Korver has landed in Atlanta – and what a trip it was just to get here.

Perhaps odyssey is a more apt description of the three-week process that resulted in Korver being traded to the Hawks from the Bulls this offseason. The long-range shooting specialist said he has “good vibes” with his new teammates early in training camp. However, there were some unsettling moments while his future was being determined during two cross-country trips – one by car, one by plane – with his six-month pregnant wife Juliet.

Kyle Korver averaged 8.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 22.6 minutes a game for the Bulls last season. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Kyle Korver averaged 8.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 22.6 minutes a game for the Bulls last season. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Korver said he knew following last season that with the Bulls under financial constraints they would not be able to keep most of their bench players, including his $5 million salary. The team agreed to work with Korver and his agent to secure an acceptable destination.

The Korvers embarked on a week-long drive from Brooklyn to Santa Barbara, a chance to put a foot in each ocean, he says. With several teams interested, the couple used an iPad on the trip to go to each possible destination in their minds. He was notified that a deal had been reached with Minnesota. Korver would be back in the Midwest, a four-hour drive from family.

“After a couple of days, nothing had been announced,” Korver said. “No one called me from Minnesota. I thought, ‘This is weird.’”

By the time they made it to Las Vegas, the reason was clear. Another deal was in the works that would send Korver on to Portland. OK, at least a brother and his fiancée had just relocated to that city. A free baby sitter.

“So we are thinking this is where God wants us,” Korver said. “And then that is not happening either. It was taking forever.

“After a couple days, my agent said ‘I don’t know what’s going on. The trade is gone through but I just don’t feel good about it and Atlanta has been calling every day. I think we should switch over to Atlanta.’”

Two hours after arriving in California, the couple, pregnant remind you, raced through the airport trying to catch a red-eye flight to Atlanta for a physical. They arrived at 7 a.m. only to be informed that the NBA offices were closed for the weekend. After three days in a downtown hotel, with no car and no understanding of the city, the physical and the trade were completed.

“It’s kind of like the first day of school in a new place,” Korver said on the first day of training camp with his fourth team after stops in Philadelphia, Utah and Chicago. “You’ve got new faces, a new coaching staff to impress, in some ways you are trying to prove yourself again, which is good for you. It kind of puts you on edge, makes you work a little harder.”

Korver, who will become an unrestricted free agent following the season, and his wife are still awaiting their new addition.

The Hawks will count on his long-range shooting ability. He has a career 3-point average of .413 (1,134-for-2,743) as he enters his 10th season. His average is 14th on the NBA’s all-time 3-point percentage list and is eighth among active players. Combined with new teammate Anthony Morrow, current Hawks players hold the ninth and 14th spots on that all-time list.

“He puts so much pressure on the defense that, at times, it allows you to play 4-on-5 because he eliminates one of the defensive players because they have to pay so much attention to him,” coach Larry Drew said. “They have to know where he is at all times on the floor.”

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28 comments Add your comment

grimey

October 5th, 2012
5:42 pm

Hawksauce!!!

The Truth

October 5th, 2012
5:45 pm

“He puts so much pressure on the defense that, at times, it allows you to play 4-on-5 because he eliminates one of the defensive players because they have to pay so much attention to him,” coach Larry Drew said. “They have to know where he is at all times on the floor.”

This is “The Truth” especially when he is shooting in that 41% zone.

Melvin

October 5th, 2012
6:02 pm

Welcome aboard Korver but you may not want to unpack your bags too quick. Not sure if you are in ATL long term plans but good luck on the upcoming season…

AG

October 5th, 2012
6:03 pm

The Hawks struggled many times during the year when teams played zone. We have a team full of zone busters.

ECF or Bust

October 5th, 2012
6:45 pm

who’s the girl on the Hawks? I’d hate to have that mop busting me in the face during a game!

Slimjr

October 5th, 2012
7:14 pm

Well what else is news doc..

On que the Braves melt down in a Playoff’ game again..A sign of things to come for the Dirty Birds? Hmmm.

Turning this game off.Its a wrap.. We seen this B4? Yes…….

Where’s David Justice and Glavin when you need them? heh heh heh

Slimjr

October 5th, 2012
7:28 pm

Cletus Van Damme

October 5th, 2012
6:26 pm

“Chipper’s error led to 3 runs (it should have been an easy double play). Then Simmons lays a stupid bunt down with the pitcher coming up.

What is going on here?”

CHOKE JONES at work today…Along with his crew..

Have we not seen this B4?

Rev in Tampa

October 5th, 2012
7:34 pm

Glad to know that Korver is aware that it is God who directs his future. I guess I can’t call him a punk like I did when he played for Chicago.

Rev in Tampa

October 5th, 2012
7:56 pm

Slim,

You turned off the Braves game too late. You missed the Atlanta fans finally acting like Knicks fans.

Rev in Tampa

October 5th, 2012
8:08 pm

Opps. I meant that Slim turned it off too “early”.

Big Ray

October 5th, 2012
8:10 pm

Braves…meh…can’t keep a conversation going for more than 5 seconds per blog….Oh well.

Big Ray

October 5th, 2012
8:10 pm

LOL@ Rev ….

Slimjr

October 5th, 2012
8:29 pm

Chop Chop Bravos!

steven a smith

October 5th, 2012
8:35 pm

I sincerely hope we can keep this guy. He should finish his career in Atlanta. 25-30mins per night. Elite Shooter.

Big Ray

October 5th, 2012
8:38 pm

Korver can definitely shoot it…

I’m interested in who plays in the preseason game tomorrow. Well, kinda, anyway. Want to see how Damion James looks, for one thing.

Slimjr

October 5th, 2012
8:40 pm

Korver will be a welcome addition to the Hawks..He will help the guards with his reliable shooting…

Braves win..Opps wrong time line…

prison mike

October 5th, 2012
8:54 pm

Realistically, he has no future here and one of the most likely trade pieces.

Melvin

October 5th, 2012
9:13 pm

Big Ray,

I remember you being high on Damion James on draft night. He reminds me of a classic tweeter. He seem to be more comfortable around the paint than on the perimeter in college. Hopefully, his game has developed more on the perimeter since he been in the league.

Slimjr

October 5th, 2012
9:19 pm

He’s more high on himself at the moment…lol!

doc

October 5th, 2012
10:02 pm

Slimj read this:

doc
October 4th, 2012
10:14 am

and mark they hold the edge historically.

i cant remember a time where in a close situation, the cards havent had out number. that is going back to the 80’s when torre was manager. it just seems when it comes down to it, they win. they kind of knocked the winds out of our sails a few years back, in 2005, when we were streaking. their little ss hit one out and we werent the same.

they have a much better record in post season even when they didnt “deserve” to be there. they won two world series with terrible records in the last decade didnt they? anyone with even the shortest memory only has to think back one year to see how they overtook us. i am not optimistic, though hoping we can finally get the monkey off our backs with this team. ominous task especially if they break ahead of us.

What do you think i was expecting. At least chipper ddnt make the last out on the scorecard even though the ump blew another call.

Anyway, those that felt korver didnt want to be here it seems hevwored ard to get here. Hate it when stupids are wrong like they were. Reminds me of the folks that trashed the idea that rose wanted hinrich when i first mentioned it months ago. Now very stupid when it comes out from the source.

doc

October 5th, 2012
10:54 pm

“it seems hevwored ard to get here.”

translated into:

it seems he worked hard to get here.

soullrenaissance

October 6th, 2012
12:10 am

Peace Out to choker who never won the big game like Dave Justice yet gets idolized for being a great switch hitter, please, Jones wasa great player but NEVER was real leader of men, too laid back or something. Always froze up in the big games…what other baseball star who never had clutch in his veins got idolized so much??? Cal Ripken. SMH.

j-hawk

October 6th, 2012
5:40 am

Who cares about this guy. He is merely a stop-gap while we punt this season to get good draft position. He is not some amazing star who can take this team to the next level. If he comes off the bench, he can be a nice addition to a good club, but I see us using him more than we should due to our lack of stars

Buddy Grizzard

October 6th, 2012
9:22 am

Korver is trade bait. He knows it, everyone knows it. Why do you think he seems so unhappy to be here?

Buddy Grizzard

October 6th, 2012
9:23 am

Ferry bought him up like Park Place on a monopoly board.

Slap Dog Hoops

October 6th, 2012
12:46 pm

Kyle Korver is the biggest one trick pony in the NBA. All he has offered in his career is three point shooter and nothing more. I have no respect for his game.

Grandad

October 6th, 2012
1:00 pm

If ‘Pop’ were bringing korver into San Antone;
no one would be thinking stop gap.
They would be saying “shrewd” move.
Another “atta boy” for Ferry & the SA way.

Korver = good Teammate with a skill + leadership & intangibles.

Grandad

October 6th, 2012
1:05 pm

People who can only see the one trick pony miss the circus.