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Monday, October 1st, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  12 responses

Blake Griffin Says He Fixed His Jumper


Having worked with a shooting coach this summer, Blake Griffin believes that his inconsistent jumper has improved dramatically. Which would be terrible news for the rest of the League. From the LA Times: “It’s not one of those things where people are going to be like, ‘Oh, wow, it’s completely different,’ Griffin said. ‘For me, it’s much more compact than it was. I feel like there’s less chance for error. But, still, I’ve got a lot more work to go.’ The Clippers hired Bob Thate as the team’s shooting coach, and his job has been to work with Griffin and center DeAndre Jordan. Griffin said they broke down all of his old shooting habits. He had a hitch in his shot and frequently looked hesitant to shoot. Griffin said he would fade back on his jumper, hang in the air too long and keep the ball up high. ‘I think we’ve pretty much gotten rid of all that,’ Griffin said. ‘Now it’s a matter of getting reps and shooting the same way.’ Now Griffin’s release point, balance and follow-through are better. It hasn’t been easy for Griffin to make the change, but he is determined to get better at shooting the ball. ‘It’s definitely frustrating, but you’ve got to stick with it,’ Griffin said. ‘That was my main thing. No matter how poorly I shot one day, I just had to stick with it. It was one of those things where he completely changed what we had been doing. It takes a while to get used to it.’”

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  • L Dribble

    I’ll wait and see before I change any of his ratings on 2K13.

  • Hursty

    As long as the ball goes in the basket, people aren’t going to mind how his jumper looks. Mind you, I’d rather it aesthetically appear closer to Zach Randolph or Rasheed Wallace’s J (if choice was an option).

  • spit hot fiyah

    if he gets a consistent 17 footer he can be the next karl malone

  • Redd

    He said this last off season. Before Training Camp is when players say they’ve become this & that and how they’ve become increasingly better. I pay it no mind.

  • bike

    I’m just worried now his dunking will fall off.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    How are you from the Free Throw Line….in games? — No matter how much you work on your shot, once you start shooting 50% from the FT Line all your hard work will begin to crumble.

  • danpowers

    could turn out to decrease his fg%. players often struggle in the first season they changed their shooting mechanics e.g. fields last season.but if that guy adds a reliable mid range shot, it is going to get scary for any defense to stop him

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    maybe he remembered what Carmelo showed him lol

  • shutup

    People don’t realize the free throw is the foundation for a good shot. When I used to coach youth basketball I couldn’t stress it enough, every jumpshot should be a free throw just with more legs. The same shot you shoot from 15 should be the same shot you shoot from 26 (which should also be the first judging criteria for determining if a player has true range on their jumper)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i couldn’t agree more. base of your shot should be developed either at the FT line, or from within 15 feet of the basket. When I work with people on their shot i always have them start with around the world, and then move onto the FT Line to compact the release. I actually don’t extend any of the people i help past the 15 foot mark until they work out all of their hitches and such. Legs are the easiest part of a jumper to incorporate. So I do it last.

  • BuenoWayno1

    Oh word? remember this http://youtu.be/SQ9kJfRDeAk

  • shutup

    I take a more philosophical approach, forgot where I learned it from but visualizing the ball going in is my first step, because its the only place you’ll never miss a shot. Then I start with a warm up from the front of the rim 10 in a row all net then start working my way back. Like you said lastly is the footwork and legs, get low and go heel toe toe (when stepping into a jumpshot or curling around a screen)

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