Blake Griffin Says He Fixed His Jumper

by October 01, 2012

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.'”