For those of you who were wondering…

Yes, Tyreke Evans does work on that half court shot in practice.  Here is a video from an October 20, 2010 practice, that proves it:

That footage does not look as pretty as this:

I guess practice makes perfect.

Here is an exchange between Tyreke Evans and myself in the Kings locker room last night following his amazing half court buzzer beater:

JH: Now, I’m at practice most of the time and I watch you guys shooting those half court shots but…you aren’t usually the one who makes it in first…

Evans (laughing):  I just have to get a rhythm.  I start out missing, you know, I try to trick them.  Once I start missing, they keep going.  They make one and I say, keep going.  Then I hit about four straight.

JH: How good does it feel to have your team run over and all of you guys huddle up in the corner, celebrating and jumping up and down?

Evans: It felt good, we needed that.  We all felt good and that’s how we’re all supposed to live as a team you know, all happy with smiles on our faces.  We have a good team on paper, and we just have to go out there and prove it.

JH: Do you think that shot goes a long way towards you being the leader of this team?

Evans: Definitely.  Me, just playing to the ability that I can play.  Just going out there and trying to take over the game.  Like Cisco said in the locker room, they need me so I just have to go out there and play to the best of my ability.

After a shot like that, when his team so desperately needed a victory, you can’t help but think that this might get Tyreke Evans back to the form that won him the rookie of the year last season.  Confidence is a fickle thing in the NBA but after last night, it shouldn’t be an issue any longer.

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James Ham is co-owner and senior editor of Cowbell Kingdom, providing extensive Kings coverage through news analysis, in-depth interviews with players and staff and daily coverage of breaking news. Along with providing original content for the site, including the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast and his weekly Sunday Musings column, James also provides game day coverage for NBA.com and is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary "Small Market, Big Heart".