San Antonio Spurs’ Derrick White hopes scrimmage jump-starts shooting touch | #schoolshooting



Derrick White smiled after his feed to Josh Primo on a fast break in Wednesday’s Silver and Black Scrimmage resulted in the rookie laying the ball in off the backboard rather than dunking it.

“If you’re going to jump like that, you might as well dunk it, right?” White said afterward. “That’s what I was thinking. He said he would have missed it. But you can see the youth and the athleticism.”

Something else on display in the Spurs’ annual intrasquad affair at the AT&T Center: White trying to work his way out of a shooting slump.

The fifth-year pro will enter Friday’s preseason finale against Houston shooting just 15.0 percent (3 of 20) from 3-point range on an average of 5.0 attempts over 24.5 minutes per outing.

“You ain’t lying,” White said after a reporter asked him if it felt good to sink a few shots from beyond the arc in the scrimmage. “Still, I wish I had made more.”

Plagued by injuries and a bout with COVID-19, White shot 34.6 percent from deep last season on a career- and team-high 6.8 attempts over 36 games.

The Spurs open the regular season at home against Orlando on Oct. 20.

“It’s a work in progress,” White said of his shot. “I’m going to stay with it and keep working on it, and trust the work I’ve put in. It’s good to see some go in, but I’ve got to keep getting better and better.”

Hiring deepens focus

on social justice

In a move to further deepen their commitment to social justice, the Spurs on Thursday announced the hiring of Kara Allen as the franchise’s first chief impact officer.

Allen’s job duties call for her to “lead all apsects of community and societal impact, including Spurs Give, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, social justice, community engagement, crisis management and sustainability” for SS&E, according to a news release.

“Kara Allen is a social impact leader with a profound personal and professional commitment to connecting with and making a difference for communities who have been systematically pushed to the margins,” said R.C. Buford, SS&E’s chief operating officer. “We are thrilled to bring her passion to our organization. Her leadership and experience will help us to further cultivate an ethos of inclusion at SS&E and inspire even more change in our community and beyond.”

Allen’s hiring comes less than two weeks after Buford joined 11 other business leaders in San Antonio, including the heads of USAA and Valero Energy, in spearheading an initiative aimed at combating racial and economic inequality in the nation’s seventh-largest city.

The partnership, called the Corporate Partners for Racial Equity, will contribute a combined $13.8 million over five years to support efforts aimed at improving education, economic opportunity, safety and justice.

Allen joins SS&E after serving as CEO with Umoja, which has supported Chicago Public Schools, as well as thousands of school professionals nationally, through training and consultation. The Purdue graduate earned a master’s degree in social work at Southern Cal and a doctorate in educational leadership for social justice at Loyola Marymount.

Walker is added

to the injury report

Lonnie Walker is the latest Spur to land on the injury report.

The guard will miss Friday’s game with a left quad contusion, which also forced him to sit out Wednesday’s scrimmage. He suffered the injury in Sunday’s win at Orlando.

Tre Jones is also out, meaning the second-year point guard will have missed the entire preseason with a left ankle sprain.

Center Jock Landale will miss his second consecutive game while in concussion protocols.


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