Q. How do you get
from early toilet training, or proper foot nutrition," says Valvano.
use terms like "hover," "fly," "soar," "swoop,"
"elevate," "levitate," "sky" and "blast off" to
describe various leap moves. What is the appropriate verb to describe a hang
move, and could you use it in a sentence?
condor," as in, "He condored that sucker."
Q. Can you be an
effective player without hang time?
A. Sure. A lot of
guys go up three inches and get airsick; they're what McGuire calls "space
eaters or dance-hall guys—pushers and shovers." Mark Eaton of the Utah Jazz
is 7'3" and led the league in blocked shots last year, and he doesn't even
get off the ground. "He used to get pumped up and go for every shot,"
says Kelley. "Now he's learned he doesn't even have to come close to
jumping to get four or five blocks a game." Not only doesn't Eaton jump on
defense, he doesn't jump on offense. When he does, it looks like the launch of
the space shuttle; Eaton goes up slow and parts break off shortly after
Q. How long can
you last without hang time?
A. Paultz has
played pro ball since 1970-71, and he counts his hang time in milliseconds.
"I'm glad I never had it," he says, "because you can get injured.
The higher you get, the harder you fall. Plus, you can get undercut. I never
have and never will get undercut. Guys without hang time can't be faked off
their feet, because they can't get off their feet."
Q. But can you be
a great player without hang time?
A. Let's turn
that around. Do the names Larry Bird, Moses Malone and Wes Unseld mean anything