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Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 at 9:40 am  |  16 responses

Kyrie Irving and Head Coach Byron Scott to Have a 3-Point Shootout


Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving is certainly no stranger to challenging much older folks to 1-on-1 duels. Cavs head coach Byron Scott seems to think he can take on Irving from behind the arc. They’re supposed to battle it out at practice today. Per the Plain Dealer: “‘I just read something today where coach Scott unofficially challenged me,’ Irving said before the game against the Wolves. ‘That’s something a third-place winner would do, go behind my back and challenge me. The challenge is supposed to be [Tuesday]. I’m looking forward to it. I’m getting up early and doing my pushups.’ Irving, who will take part in the 3-point shootout during All-Star Weekend for the first time, was referring to Scott’s third-place finish in the contest in 1988. Scott came in last in his first appearance in 1987. ‘It’s really, basically, to show him how the contest is done,’ Scott said. ‘Like I said the other day, 60 seconds is a long time, so he doesn’t have to rush. He can take his time and get all five balls from each spot. You get that done in 60 seconds pretty easy.’ The main problem is that Irving is 20. Scott is 51. The coach is still confident. ‘It’s like riding a bike,’ he said. ‘You never forget how to do it. … I think I’ve got a good shot,’ Scott said. ‘My only problem is if I get tired. That’s a lot of shots for a guy who doesn’t shoot that much right now. That’s my biggest challenge. I said I’m going to get two chances at it because I’m old. I’m going to go around twice and we’ll take my best score and see if you can beat it. He said, ‘Well you can just add up both of your scores and I can probably beat it.’ He’s talking a lot. So, we’ll see.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    doing push ups before shooting = bad idea

  • chris

    kyrie has already got this

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Boobie Gibson has got this

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    lol “you can add up your scores”

  • tom

    still waiting for that kobe 1on1!

  • Zabbag

    coach will lose

  • The Philosopher

    Scott for the win.
    One of the great spot up shooters of all time.
    From the Golden Age of the NBA.

  • nike_head

    I really doubt it will matter. If it does, you don’t shoot or lift weights enough.

  • http://twitter.com/AdonKay Adnan K

    it does matter a LOT, because it completely messes up your muscle memory and that’s what 90% of shooting is, is arm muscle memory, the other 10% is getting your feet set… any form of resistance training before a game or a shoot around is a bad idea. Just think about it, it’s common sense, What you do to your muscles is warm them up with heavy resistance so you get them used to lifting heavy, and then you go out there and try to gently shoot a light basketball. Your muscle memory is gonna be completely scrambled because your muscles are still thinking you’re dealing with something heavy, when you’re trying to shoot a light ball.

    I’m a shooter myself and I never ever lift on game days, and any other basketball player I’ve met says the same thing. Best way to describe it is trying to shoot the ball feels very awkward, like your arms are literally shaky on release because you’re unsure of how to send the ball, it takes a good few hours for your arms to get back to normal. On practice days lifting is ok cuz you can do other things like layups, but game days, forget about it

  • nike_head

    I hear what you’re saying, but it has never been a problem for me. I’m not saying a full workout is ideal before shooting, but a few pushups won’t likely affect anything. In my experience, its only ever taken a couple of shots/minutes for things to be back to normal. Again, not saying a full workout is not going to affect anything, but a short, light lift before shooting should not affect a professional if it does not affect me.

  • get real

    “I’m a shooter myself and I never ever lift on game days, and any other basketball player I’ve met says the same thing”….and how many All-Star appearances do you and your collective friends have? I’m not going to question the best basketball player under 24 for his game preparation. Don’t think you have the credentials to do so either.

  • http://twitter.com/AdonKay Adnan K

    few pushups is fine that’s not a problem, but if you go hit the weight room for a proper session and then come out try n shoot jumpers, trust me you’ll feel it

  • http://twitter.com/AdonKay Adnan K

    lol

  • http://twitter.com/AdonKay Adnan K

    this is all i gotta say

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Depending on the amount of reps it can be beneficial for getting the muscles loose.

  • nike_head

    Which what I said with ” Again, not saying a full workout is not going to affect anything, but a short, light lift before shooting should not affect a professional if it does not affect me.”. Glad we agree

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