Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Foster Q&A: The rookie is ready to work

Mavericks rookie Shan Foster admits it’s a whole new ballgame. The wide-eyed second-round pick understands that talent alone isn’t going to get it done. Just because he can shoot – and he can – doesn’t mean he can play in the NBA.

“I’m definitely going to put in the work,” Foster said. “I’m going to go above and beyond the call of duty everyday whether it’s in practice or a game. I’m going to do whatever it takes to make the team, and not just be satisfied with that. I’m going to continue to work hard to make an impact and be the best teammate that I can be.”

The work has begun. The reigning SEC Player of the Year out of Vanderbilt began working out at American Airlines Center on Monday. The detailed drills – fellow roster hopeful Ronnie Seibutis is also taking part – have focused on fundamentals that aren’t emphasized to the same degree in college.

Foster (6-6, 205) has worked on such aspects as his footwork, shooting release and movement without the ball. Rick Carlisle has a program in place for the youngsters to follow. Video coordinators Monte Mathis and Mike Shedd have been handling the workouts this week.

“One of the things that coach said was that initially you’re only open for a split second, and you have to be able to minimize all excess motion,” Foster said. “So that’s what we’ve been working on.”

Foster added that it’s been an adjustment, but he looks forward to learning and getting better everyday. He also realizes that for the first time in his life, it’s all about basketball.

“I can’t wait,” he said. “Four years of basketball and school, and now it’s just basketball. I’m going to be in the gym like crazy.”

Read the Q&A with Foster at

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