De­ter­mined Shamet’s NBA star is ris­ing

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS - Jack McCaffery Colum­nist

PHILADEL­PHIA >> The last au­di­tion be­fore his life would change had just fin­ished, so there was noth­ing more for Landry Shamet to show on a bas­ket­ball court. In two days, he would be in the NBA Draft. There was noth­ing else for him to prove.

That’s when he was brought into Brett Brown’s of­fice. That’s when he could just be him­self. That’s when he could ex­hale. And that’s when the two of them knew it all could work.

“The 19th of June,” Shamet was say­ing Fri­day night, the date stamped in his bas­ket­ball con­science. “My work­out was over. He pulled me in. And we just talked for like 30 min­utes. It wasn’t even about bas­ket­ball that much. It was just good, gen­uine con­ver­sa­tion. That was the big­gest thing.

“So when I left for New York and the draft, that kind of stayed in my head, that you want a re­la­tion­ship like that. You want to be around good peo­ple. That’s the whole vibe I got here. And that’s why I kept think­ing about Philadel­phia.”

The draft can be volatile, with plans scut­tled early, late, and even in be­tween. That’s what hap­pened with the Six­ers last June, when they drafted Mikal Bridges in the lot­tery, traded him be­fore the night was out, landed Zhaire Smith at No. 16 and promised to use a draft

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LAU­RENCE KESTERSON — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Philadel­phia 76ers guard Landry Shamet (23) goes to the bas­ket past Detroit Pis­tons for­ward Blake Grif­fin (23) and guard Bruce Brown (6) dur­ing the sec­ond half on an NBA bas­ket­ball game, Sat­ur­day.

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