Landry Hustles His Way to Role in NBA
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
March 28, 2012
Editors note: The following article appears on Hornets.com courtesy of Hoop Magazine, the official magazine of the NBA. Pick up a copy of the March/April 2012 issue or visit www.hoopmag.com for more features on the leagues players.
Each time Carl Landry scores a basket during a home game in New Orleans, the Hornets public-address system plays the brief audio clip Every day Im hustlin! The sound bite, taken from a popular Rick Ross song, is a fitting tribute to a fifth-year player who had to scratch and claw his way to earning a permanent role in the NBA. (1)
Ever since I entered the league, nothing was given to me, describes the 28-year-old Landry, who wasnt picked until the second round of the 2007 draft. I had to work for everything. When I first came into the NBA, people tried to poke holes in me. They said Im unathletic and that I wasnt tall enough (to thrive in the paint) and a lot of other stuff. Its not the size of the dog; its the fight in the dog. Thats something I tell myself all the time. Going out there and outworking people gets you a long way. (2)
As the reconfigured Hornets begin a new era in the Big Easy, theyd do well to follow their power forwards simple words of advice. Landry the rare player who seems more comfortable as a reserve than a starter is focused on doing whatever he can to help. (3)
Coming off the bench, playing center, playing small forward, it doesnt matter, the 6-foot-9, 248-pounder says. Im just happy to be out there, grateful for the opportunity to play. Im excited about any opportunity that I have.
(1) Landry received zero interest from major NCAA basketball programs, after a nondescript high school career in Milwaukee. He ended up at a junior college in Indiana, where he blossomed, then finished his college career at Purdue.
(2) It did during the 2011 playoffs. Landrys relentless play in the paint was a key reason the Hornets won Games 1 and 4 against a supersized Lakers frontcourt.
(3) Landry has come off the bench in more than three-fourths of his career NBA games.
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