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Sunday, September 30th, 2012 at 11:54 am  |  17 responses

Clippers Hired a Free Throw Shooting Coach For Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan


It’s no secret what the Clippers’ big men need work on—DeAndre Jordan shot 52.5 percent from the line in ’11-12, while Blake Griffin converted just 52.1 percent of his attempts from the stripe. So, naturally, the Clips are doing something about it. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, they hired a free throw shooting coach for the two. More details: ”Jordan made 52.5 percent of his free throws last season, a poor number but still a career high. Jordan, entering his fifth season in the NBA, is an abysmal 44 percent shooter from the line for his career. Griffin sank only 52.1 percent from the line last season, down from 64.2 percent during his rookie season. Overall, he’s made 59.3 percent of his free throws, perhaps the only lackluster mark on an otherwise sparkling resume. The Clippers hired Bob Thate during the offseason as a shooting coach to work with Jordan and Griffin in an attempt to raise their free-throw percentages. Seventy percent would be excellent for any big man in the NBA, and 65 would be adequate. Jordan and Griffin each showed off a new shooting motion while they and their teammates shot free throw after free throw at the end of Saturday’s first practice.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    bob who? they need to google mark price

  • Pops

    Why not just have Billups teach them how to shoot free throws. He’s been shooting 90%+ the last 5-6 years.

  • RKJ92

    They JUST decided to do this?? LOL

  • Max

    It’s not that DeAndre’s form is bad.

  • mikeD

    a free throw coach? seriously?

  • LobCity

    By any means necessary.

  • Ugh

    Maybe if you’d done the same you’d know he now works for the Magic.

  • roscoe

    No worry… FT don’t matter to LAC fans. Dunks & a DJ at games matter to LAC fans.

  • http://twitter.com/dma_pdx Marco Yolo

    shaq and dwight had FT shooting coaches. don’t think it really helped either of them

  • nick

    took the thought right out of my head lol, should a done this when Jordan as shooting 44% haha

  • spit hot fiyah

    touche! +1 for you

  • danpowers

    thats really a strange phenomenon, how some guys just cant improve this part of their game even though they are practicing each and every day as professionals for many years.

  • Dingo

    I can hit my free throws
    Smack em down 9 out of 10 times
    But I can’t run or jump nor jam off sweet dimes

    So respect to you Griffin
    But just don’t keep missin cos like
    Shaq they all start dissn

  • http://twitter.com/MisterBucketz Mitya Ya

    80 pct would make Blake a top 5 fantasy pick

  • http://twitter.com/MisterBucketz Mitya Ya

    They should also hire a blocking coach

  • JohnDoe

    About time

  • jinomas

    Blake is an explosive jumper and he needs to incorporate the same explosiveness to his jumpshot rather then a controlled jumpshot that he’s trying to control. He looks like he’s thinking over his jumpshot. All he needs to do is explode like he normally does and release that ball at the peak of the jump without thinking!

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