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Korver succeeds in season of sorrow

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ON a mid-March day in Central Iowa, Kyle Korver and his three brothers were watching the NCAA tournament together in the same room. Despite his alma mater, Creighton, losing, it was a good day and a good memory.

Korver has hung on to that moment and others like it over the past two months as he has struggled with sorrow. At times he has cried himself to sleep in the afternoons before games and woken feeling something he can only describe as his insides trembling. He has relied on prayer to give him the strength to get up and go to work.

A 15-year veteran, Korver prides himself on his consistency and levelheadedness. These are cornerstones of what has made him one of the greatest 3-point shooters in NBA history. His mother, Laine, who once scored 73 points in a high school game, taught him that you’re not great until you’re consistent. He’d always taken it to heart.

“You know it’s hard to hold death in one hand,” Kyle said. “Your brother passing. Everything you feel about that and you get playoffs. Nothing else gives you different eyes for what’s going on in the world and what’s important and what matters.”

During my GM years, I was never overly concerned when a non-quarterback was not in the offseason program or when such players missed the early weeks of training camp (except for rookies who needed all the reps they could get).

But I always made sure our starting quarterback was set and satisfied contract-wise so he could be there to lead the team, work with new teammates and build chemistry on and off the field.

Brady is missing an opportunity to work with newly signed receiver Jordan Matthews; to spend more time with Kenny Britt and Phillip Dorsett, who joined the team last season but saw limited action. Brady could be getting in tune with rookie running back Sony Michel, who should be a dynamic player in the Patriots’ passing game as well as their rushing attack.

There surely is a feeling among players and coaches at Patriots OTAs that something big is missing. I always felt that way whenever a star player of ours was not on the field Cheap Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys due to a contract dispute, a personal issues or an injury. The young Cheap Reversible Basketball Jerseys Patriots want to meet and work with the legendary QB they have watched and admired.


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