Keith Smart


Everything comes back. Even to the point of what the arena was smelling like.

I just missed a shot earlier from the right side of the floor and I didn't get enough lift on it. So I knew if I had another opportunity, my focus had to be "jump up, shoot up" and I did that.

I had a chance to take a shot to win a championship [in a way] that every kid dreams of doing. Counting the clock down: five, four, three, two, one. And now all of a sudden, I had a chance to live that.

And not only live it, but live it right in my backyard in New Orleans. With a lot of family members that were watching me play. And [as] someone who didn't play high school basketball, to end up on that stage was a great moment.