Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 at 12:25 pm  |  32 responses

Blake Griffin Hired A Shooting Coach

Towards the end of last season and throughout this summer, Blake Griffin has been working on his outside shooting and free throws with a new partner—a specialty shooting coach. Griffin, who shot a meager 64 percent from the line his rookie season, and a borderline-abysmal 52 percent last year, recently spoke about seeking help in an appearance on The Champs podcast. Blake underwent minor knee surgery after an injury during USA training camp, but will continue to work with his coach when the doctors give their OK. Via NBCSports.com: “I hired a shooting coach. I work with him every single day. Yea (his old shooting form was) kind of a fadeaway or a push-arm shot. Or bring it behind my head—slightly. Like if you watched me shoot you wouldn’t be like, ‘That’s a terrible shot.’ It was decent, I guess. But now I’ve just kind of streamlined it. But I’ve still got a lot of work to do. You struggle with it because when you relearn all this stuff I guess you shoot terrible. You shoot worse than you ever have. Then you turn a corner when it all kind of clicks together. It’s not really relearning to shoot, completely, but I turned the corner and felt a lot better about it. Then I got hurt… lost it all!”

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  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    He should’ve hired a coach to help him quit crying all the goddamn time on the court. Man up half-breed

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    when seeing blake shooting free throws he has a delay in his release.
    hope he gets a better shot. And i hope he doesnt get the shawn marion shot.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    this is really promising to hear. I really hope he lets this coach work him through the hard parts of changing his shot. He will really benefit. Like Karl Malone did.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    ^^ Or the Tayshaun Prince shot.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    no coach is going to encourage someone to shoot like those guys. don’t worry.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    u can’t learn the marion shot

  • Fat Lever

    Hire Herb McGee!

  • TTWS3

    Kevin Martin’s got a pretty weird shot. It’s like he’s Ryu from street fighter or something.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    You should have seen it before he started working with Thorpe.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Kevin, that’s gross man..
    I really want this dude to be good. I think he can make allot of records if he works on the nuances of the game. His jump shot is just a step. He has a long way to go. Not even talking about defense. His offense is RAW.

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    Peja’s shooting form is the worst looking but the most effective (money) of all basketball.

  • robb

    @Kevin yeah, no flopping lessons first please.

  • bike

    The shooting coach is an old Chinese man who say to Blake over and over “Shot on, shot off, shot on, shot off, shot on….”

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    the fake bike, or substitute bike, or every once in a while bike, is a flaming racist.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Good move, I remember Rose hired a shooting coach his second season, people don’t realize how good he shot the ball that season thats why his FG% was almost 49%, the best of his career thus far. If blake improves his jumper,he’ll be the best PF in the league.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    You’d be hard-pressed to find a superstar or star player who doesn’t beg for foul calls. It’s the way the league is now. Blake is no different from the other top players in the NBA when it comes to complaining to the referees. The league has changed. Defenders can’t put their hands on offensive players. Every time an offensive player feels contact, he wants the call. That’s how it is. The flopping thing is also running rampant throughout the league. Again, Blake is no different from the others who drop to the floor after they feel any kind of contact on the defensive end of the floor.

  • http://Slamonline.com Tyler

    Blake still can’t gaurd a bucket..

  • http://www.xvideos.com nbk troll

    Good for Blake, too bad he signed that extension cause cp3 is outta there. Blake career = Elton brand career. Bike is a racist! ….Kyrie Irving > rondo. Toronto worst team ever! I wonder if reggie miller ever had a slam dunk coach.

  • riggs

    kyrie irving > rondo? I cant WAIT til school starts back up.

  • http://www.slamonline.com AT

    @nbk troll -LOLOLOLL

  • http://www.slamonline.com AT

    Who came first nbk troll or nbk?

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manu_Gin%C3%B3bili nbk

    is that a real question?

  • http://slamonline.com LLC#12

    nbk you couldn’t have replied any better haha! Anyway, this is great news, he flat-out can’t shoot. I remember seeing that video of melo trying to teach him the stepback J and I was thinking “man don’t run before you can walk!”

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Blake hiring a shooting coach shows that he realizes in the NBA, it takes more to win games, than just dunks. Blake needs to rebound better, block shots better and shoot better. Blake is an athletic freak, but really his game will not improve like Karl Malone did with his game. Lets just be honest.

  • http://www.slamonline.com AT

    lol no

  • http://www.slamonline.com AT

    @nbk – its debatable jk jk

  • JRq

    NBK should hire a trolling coach

  • SeanMagicJuan

    Lol@ Slick Rich, man you’re a Stan who embellishes. Derrick Rose has never even come close to shooting 49% in a season.

  • SeanMagicJuan

    Kyrie is not in Rondo’s league yet. He has played around 45 NBA games. Don’t be silly.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    SMH @ seanmagicjuan

  • Mac

    @SeanMagicJuan, Look up DRose’s FG% for 09-10. I’d say 48.9% is fairly close to 49% . . .

  • SeanMagicJaun

    I stand corrected. I’m just trolling Slick Ric for how mad he became about an earlier D. Rose/Rondo/Westbrook conversation. 48.9 is excellent for a PG. I like D. Rose, just not as a “point guard” and only pointed out that Rondo and Westbrook play better than D. Rose in the postseason.