While Corey Kispert will never forget his NBA debut, which came on Friday night in a win over the Indiana Pacers, Wizards fans may remember him for a peculiar facial expression he made. .
Kispert on his NBA debut and went viral originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
While Corey Kispert will never forget his NBA debut, which came on Friday night in a win over the Indiana Pacers, Wizards fans may remember him for a peculiar facial expression he made. . After Davis Bertans scored three shots with 35 seconds left in overtime, Kispert glanced at him as he returned to the bench for a timeout and the screenshot immediately went viral on networks social.
“I remember giving him a look. I was scrolling through Instagram and saw it [later that night]”Kispert said.” He’s a bad man. It was a crazy shot. I had to make sure he knew about it.
While Kispert has said he wished he could go viral for making a great play on the pitch, the time will come for that. It was his first taste of a real NBA game that matters after playing a few in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League and preseason.
It was a small step towards where he wanted to go. He scored two points in 10 minutes with a rebound, an assist and a steal.
But it was also the dream of a lifetime, playing in the NBA. Kispert said his sister flew to the game, making it even more special.
“It was great to walk in and get my feet wet. I made good games, made bad games. Did good things, made mistakes. Now it’s about growing and building every time I go out, ”Kispert said.
Kispert, 22, said what marked him the most in his first NBA game, besides the speed and skill of the players, was the length of the games compared to college. There are two extra minutes per quarter, so eight more minutes per game.
As he now understands, a lot can happen in eight minutes of play. It doesn’t take long for a team to run and change the momentum of a game.
Kispert said he also learns by asking questions of his teammates on the bench. He’s a little embarrassed to ask what he calls “stupid questions,” but does everything he can to learn the ropes.
Part of this process is watching how his teammates get to work, including Bertans. Kispert was drafted 15th overall by the Wizards due to his three-point shooting and, in particular, his ability to catch and shoot. Bertans happens to be one of the best outside shooters in the NBA and has led the league two consecutive years in all three catch-and-shoot.
“Just the way he prepares, the way he prepares. His day-to-day work ethic is really something that I’ve tried to look at and model, ”Kispert said. “He does the same thing every day and he’s really particular about how he shoots and when he shoots it and how the ball goes through the rim. Like great little details, he looks at it through a microscope.
Kispert showed his potential during the preseason with a three-game draw against the Knicks in the final minute of the fourth quarter. He stepped out of a screen and fell smoothly into a long-range shot in a big moment for him, given his inexperience.
Right now he has to wait his turn with the Wizards enjoying considerable depth and most importantly his position. He understands this, but is confident that he will get to where he wants to go in due time.
“Every day I get better and better and the game will slow down. I think I have a chance to be really special, absolutely, ”said Kispert.