Randy Foye is a veteran sharpshooter, last season in Utah he was taking 5.3 shots from beyond the arc a game and hitting 41 percent of them. He is entering his eighth NBA season, can play a little point in a pinch but mostly he is there to space the floor and knock down bombs in Denver — which he should get a chance to do off Ty Lawson kickouts and running to the arc in transition.
What not many people knew about until a fascinating story in the Denver Post Friday by Benjamin Hochman made it public — his heart is in the wrong place.
Literally. And his liver. And kidney. We’ll let the story explain.
The Nuggets guard has a condition called situs inversus, which means that “everything is a mirror image, flipped around,” he said. “Your organs are reversed, so my heart isn’t on the left side, it’s on the right side. And my liver isn’t on the right, it’s on the left.
“A little different, right?”
It doesn’t impact his performance, but it is so rare he’s believed to be the only person in American professional sports with the condition. Although, some of the people that have it don’t know about it because, well, who checks their liver all that often?
Foye is meeting a Denver area high school athlete who has the same condition, which is pretty cool.
You could see a lot of Foye this season in Denver as the team’s outside shooting was not a strong point, especially after Danilo Gallinari went down. Foye is going to get a chance to prove himself on offense. It’s the other end of the court where Foye in and Andre Iguodala out could really sting.
There’s this overplayed angle talked about by some fans and pundits suggesting the Warriors just got lucky last season — for example, they faced a banged-up Rockets’ team in the conference finals then a Cavaliers’ squad without two of their big three through the Finals. Then there was Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers saying the Warriors were lucky not having to play the Clippers or Spurs in the postseason.
The Warriors are sick of hearing they were lucky.
Friday Klay Thompson fired back at Rivers, via CSNBayArea.com.
– “I wanted to play the Clippers last year, but they couldn’t handle their business.”
– “If we got lucky, look at our record against them last year (Warriors 3-1). I’m pretty sure we smacked them.”
– “Didn’t they lose to the Rockets? Exactly. So haha. That just makes me laugh. That’s funny. Weren’t they up 3-1 too?”
– “Yeah, tell them I said that. That’s funny. That’s funny.”
Warriors big man Andrew Bogut phrased it differently.
If you think the Warriors just won because they were lucky — you are dead wrong.
They were the best team in the NBA last season, bar none. They won 67 regular season games in a tough conference, then beat everyone in their path to win a title. Did they catch some breaks along the way, particularly with health? You bet. Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant didn’t win a title without catching some breaks along the way, either. Nobody does. Luck plays a role, but it was not the primary factor in why the Warriors are champs.
All this talk of them getting lucky is fuel for the fire they needed not to be complacent this season. Way to give the defending champs bulletin board material, Doc.
Dwyane Wade has earned his status as an elder statesman, the E.F. Hutton kind of veteran who speaks and everybody listens.
Rookie Justise Winslow is listening.
Winslow (who should have gone higher in this draft) is a perfect fit for the Heat and he’s going to be part of their rotation off the bench from the start of the season (along with Josh McRoberts and Amare Stoudemire). Wade has already fully stepped into the mentor role with Winslow working with him on post moves, reports Jason Lieser at the Palm Beach Post.
“As his career develops, hopefully he’s able to do multiple things on the floor, but right now there’s gonna be certain things (Erik Spoelstra) wants him to do, and some of those things I’m good at,” Wade said. “I’m just passing down knowledge to someone who I think could be good at things that I have strengths at. It’s gonna take a while, but if he figures it out at 21, he’s ahead of the curve. I figured it out at like 27.
“All of us are where we’re at because someone before us helped us. They helped by letting us sit there and watch film with them or having conversations with them. If he’s a student of it and he really wants to know, I’m a pretty decent teacher in certain areas.”
This is what you want out of a veteran leader and some of the young teams out there have done an excellent job adding this kind of mentor — Kevin Garnett in Minnesota may be the best example. Someone who can pass on his wisdom and show the team’s young players how to be a professional and win in the NBA.
It’s a little different for Winslow, he and the Heat are more in a win-now mode, but he should be able to contribute to that.