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Kyle Korver heard rumor coach offered money if his team ended Korver’s 3-point streak

Mar 10, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT

Kyle Korver

Kyle Korver’s streak of games with a 3-pointer ended at 127 last Wednesday.

It’s pretty incredible Korver kept the streak going so long, considering shooting 3-pointers is nearly his entire role. You’d think at least one opposing team would successfully stick a defender on him beyond the arc for a full game.

Alas, maybe one coach took that repeatedly failed challenge personally.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

Kyle Korver told Yahoo Sports he heard “a rumor” that a coach offered money to his team if they stopped his 3-point streak

Was that coach Mike Budenholzer? Because no coach did a better job of halting Korver’s streak than the Hawks coach.

Budenholzer kept Korver on the bench during the entire fourth quarter of a blowout loss to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday, preventing Korver from getting more chances to overcome his 0-for-5 start from beyond the arc. Korver could have made a 3-pointer earlier, but Budenholzer ensured the streak ended.

Assuming it was actually an opposing coach, though, does this constitute circumvention?

Unless the coach was Portland’s Terry Stotts, I doubt the NBA would punish a coach for planning to – but not actually – circumventing the salary cap.

But even if the coach made the payment, the amount would likely be key. I would be shocked if the money involved were significant enough to draw the league’s attention.

The NBA doesn’t regulate a coach taking a player out to dinner the way, say, the NCAA would. Teams have a little allowance for compensating players beyond what’s specifically laid out in their contracts.

And as long as the coach wasn’t encouraging his team to play dirty with Korver, this doesn’t resemble the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, either.

The NBA should poke around to make sure everything here was on the up and up, but I suspect the investigation would end without any consequences for anyone.

  1. fnc111 - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Hawks coach deserves to get death threats. What an ego maniac. Coaches like this are evil.

    • drewdatwit84 - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      death threats? over a 3 pointer streak? ridiculous much?

  2. pharohislife - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    All Average things must come to an end.

    • pharohislife - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:43 AM

      “I joke I joke, I kid I kid”

  3. fnc111 - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Phil Jackson to coach the Bulls after Thibs leaves for the Knicks job.

    • zerole00 - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Defensive minded coach going to the KNICKS? Were you dropped on your head as a child?

  4. csbanter - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Bad job by Hawks coach, he could have kept Korver in the game. So it was a blowout, the Orioles played Ripken for an inning or two just to keep the streak going. #atlrecordkilla

  5. azarkhan - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    If you can find it, watch what the Knicks did to end Dana Barros’ 3 point streak in 1996. They literally covered him with 2-3 players. They were determined to shut him down and they did.

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