Determined Shamet’s NBA star is rising
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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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.