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Kwame Handed Key to Success, Gets it Wet

So Phil Jackson gives Kwame a card on which is written "15-10," with the intention of spurring Kwame to average 15 points and 10 rebounds this year. A few more free throws, a few more rebounds, and he's there. Motivation, you see. Driving on to the next level. Etc.

Q: Do you still have the card?

A: I've got it in my wallet. It's a little soggy because my wallet got wet, but it's in there.

(Interjection for your Ovechkin quote of the day: "Last year I used a little bit not normal stick.")

More from Kwame:

On his body: "I'm just trying to get my legs and hamstrings back in order where I can be consistent....It's just trying to get my hips and stuff balanced. The trainers know more than me. Some days everything feels good and then some days everything's not balanced and lined up." (Frankly I always thought that was the problem with Kwame in D.C.; boundless talent, great attitude, flawless technique, but his "hips and stuff" were always imbalanced. And by "hips and stuff," I mean "brain.")

On Kobe Bryant: "...the key words you always remember him saying is, `Will it in.'" (Nope, I didn't just type that, and you didn't just read that. Definitely not. Carry on.)

On his free-throw shooting: "Most of the time, I didn't even want to get fouled because I didn't want to go to the line." (Um.)

On his skills: "My problem is when I do something wrong or bad, I just work on that one thing. I'll come in and work on 50 jump hooks and then I get good at jump hooks and I have no jump shot." (Er.)

On playing down low: "I've got to add a little bit to my game where I can get some type of finesse (move) with a little 15-foot jumper or a little touch jump shot around the basket so I don't have to bang every play and get tired." (Well, then, go get-'em, lad!)

(Read former Post staffer Ross Siler's Q&A here, and thanks to TrueHoop for the link.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 28, 2006; 11:54 AM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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