Biting into a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as he walked and talked, Shabazz Napier made his way from the visiting locker room to the court at Madison Square Garden Monday night before the Nets, his fourth NBA team, played the Knicks.
“Life ain’t good,” he said. “Life is great. And it can always be better.”
Was there ever a doubt among anyone who spent considerable time around Napier at UConn that he would stick in the NBA? He’s five seasons in and approaching professional basketball with the same pluck and charisma that defined his time with the Huskies, which included national championships as a freshman under Jim Calhoun and as a senior under Kevin Ollie.