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November 25, 2008
Extra, extra: Salmons material released (finally)

Call it the John Salmons mentality. The Kings small forward had to wait seven seasons to become a starter, and he has certainly taken the better-late-than-never approach to his current state. The same logic, then, will be applied to this blog post.

The piece on Salmons may have come out a few days ago, but here is the remainder of material that didn't make the cut but that is worth listening to and watching for those who remain curious about this man. From interviews with Salmons himself, former teammate Allen Iverson, and his former assistant high school coach at Plymouth Whitemarsh (Jim D'Onofrio), questions are answered regarding everything from what Salmons thinks of Sacramento to why he pounds the ball to how he views his role this season.

A few disclaimers real quickly: The Salmons interview took place just before the regular season, so keep that in mind (and ignore background noise from Center Court restaurant); the audio files were edited to give you some of the better material (and avoid my own long-winded questions).

The video of Salmons' walk to the basketball court in his North Philadelphia home is referenced in the story, so be sure to read that first.

Audio Files (Click on links to hear interviews)

Salmons interview, part 1 (2:29) (On the difference between Philly and Sacramento and on his view of the media)

Salmons interview, part 2 (13:03) (On becoming a starter; on shade trees named Ron-Ron being gone-gone; on playing in the triangle and his candid take on his isolation/pounding style)

Iverson on Salmons (3:57) (On his former 76ers teammate finally getting a chance to shine and on his legacy as a player who overshadowed so many others)

D'Onofrio on Salmons (7:39) (On his work ethic growing up; on his offseason summer routine in Philadelphia)

- Sam Amick



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