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Old 06-24-2012, 09:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was inspired by recent stories in the Random Thought thread about pick-up basketball games you've played.

Discuss any pointers, tactics and stories about your own basketball games.

And please no cheating guys (don't lie to make yourselves look like Brian Scalabrine ).
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I haven't been playing basketball consistently for the past year. I used to have a nice jump shot, but my stroke is way off.

I've been trying to practice by shooting inside out, but I am not feeling any of my shots. Do you guys have any special routines to help warm up your jumpers?
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I haven't been playing basketball consistently for the past year. I used to have a nice jump shot, but my stroke is way off.

I've been trying to practice by shooting inside out, but I am not feeling any of my shots. Do you guys have any special routines to help warm up your jumpers?

My high school coach uses the same type of philosophies as Dell. He'll never let us shoot right away, always lay-ups first. It allows the brain to see the ball going into the net, building confidence.

I also like to practice my form by shooting free throws one-handed. I have trouble with consistent jumpshot form, so shooting one handed gets everything all synchronized and crisp before I start into shooting for real.
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Yeah I have been trying shooting one handed too. The most frustrating part of it is that those were the shots that I had no problem knocking down consistently a year ago.

On a brighter note, I had an awesome pick up game today. It was a really tight game, but my team broke through when I created a lot of post up opportunities for the big man. Then, with game point the opposing team tried to double team in the post and leave me open. SWISH!
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I found that the best way to get warmed up is to start your jumpshooting from about 2 feet out. Well not JUMPshooting, but more of a free throw. You just want to make sure you get the same release every time. So when you start from really close, you can get your rhythm going. I usually shoot about 5 2-footers, then start moving further out. Get to the free throw line and shoot about 10 free throws. This usually works for me. If you have your rhythm going, you'll know right away. A big thing is to shoot like your shooting in a game. Sometimes during warm-ups I'll take lazy jumpers. But by game time, I'm usually good to go.

I'm just like you because I don't always get the same release. I have to find what's working that day. My shooting form changes day-to-day. It's a very slight change, but it can the difference between a good shooting day and a bad one.

You want to make sure you are balanced. I love shooting one-legged fadeaways (Dirk style...try it...it's actually pretty easy), but the key is to have balance in your jumpshot. When you do one or two dribble pull-ups, you want to make sure you're jumping off of two feet to get that elevation and balance in your jumper.

Another thing is to make sure your shooting elbow is not out, you want you elbow to be straight and you want to make an L-shape with your shooting arm. You don't want to extend your arm too far back, but you also don't want to not extend enough. Usually, it's a little less than a 90 degree angle.

But for me, I think the biggest thing is to use your legs in your jumper. Can't stress that enough. Sometimes, when my legs get tired, I start shooting short jumpers. Then to prevent that, I try to put more power in the jumper. It doesn't work. At that point, you're just aiming and not actually shooting with a solid follow-through.

So yeah, balance, elbow in, legs in your jumper, and of course, eyes on the target.

It sucks because I know I have the ability to be a very consistent shooter, but sometimes that ever-so-slight change in the shooting form throws me off. I heard you're supposed to shoot a jumper the same way 100 times to build muscle memory. Try that I guess.

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Yeah Clutch I actually do exactly what you said. I try warming up by shooting a "free throw" from the baseline, just outside of the paint area. It worked for a while, but I started studying for exams and that threw me off again.

Anyway I'm sure I'll get my stroke back again if I decide to seriously work on it for a week or so.
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A couple days ago I was playing a 3-on-3 game. In the first game I ended up wide open for a 15-footer and when the opposing team didn't close out, one of the guys yelled "don't worry, he can't shoot". I'm not sure what made him think that...I have never played basketball with him before lol. Maybe it's because I'm left handed. Anyways, I missed the shot, but I kept what he said in mind. We were down 9-3 and then I had about 4 or 5 open jumpers that I swished, making sure to yell "I can't shoot though" after every jumper. I love seeing the other team get mad. Our team played great, amazing passes, good teamwork, and we came back to win 11-9. Second game we were down 9-2, and with more teamwork, we were able to comeback and win 12-10 (win by 2). Third game we were up 9-3 and lost lol. Last game was the best though. Down 10-2, we go on a 10-0 nothing to end the game. You should've seen the look on these guys' faces. Hilarious shit. Other than the first game, I didn't really go off, but we played a great team game that made us unguardable.

I swear my teams are the comeback kings. I should start keep track of it lol.
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Yeah comebacks are amazing. I remember a long time ago, my team was down 15-2. I kid you not, my teammate went Kobe and carried us to a 21-18ish wins. I scored the last 2 buckets though. I usually don't like taking a lot of shots, but I think I am the best closer on my team.
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Yeah comebacks are amazing. I remember a long time ago, my team was down 15-2. I kid you not, my teammate went Kobe and carried us to a 21-18ish wins. I scored the last 2 buckets though. I usually don't like taking a lot of shots, but I think I am the best closer on my team.
I'm also very unselfish. However, if I feel that my team is struggling to score, I will let it fly. I won't just watch. That doesn't mean I won't pass for a better shot, but I'll be in Kobe mode. Let it fly and hope for the best. Hate when it doesn't work out though.

I think the best comeback my team ever had was when we down 9-0 to this team that had this big man go off. For whatever reason, we didn't double the guy as he scored all 9 points. Then I finally started doubling off of my guy and they start struggling. Me and my cousin close out the game on a 12-1 run and I think we both had 6 points. Didn't miss a shot between the two of us.
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Nothing worse than getting picked so highly by the coach and turn out to be a bust. All my flaws were exposed during practice and so I had no choice but to sit at the end of the bench teh whole season. I felt like I let him down, I looked so good during tryouts.
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Nothing worse than getting picked so highly by the coach and turn out to be a bust. All my flaws were exposed during practice and so I had no choice but to sit at the end of the bench teh whole season. I felt like I let him down, I looked so good during tryouts.
That happened to me my grade 9 year. I like to think of myself as a forward, however he thought I would make a good point guard. My handles weren't the tightest so I turned it over a lot in tryouts. I think he figured out pretty quickly that I wasn't point guard material.
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Coach must have picked you for a reason. Just try to come back stronger next season by playing ball with people better than you.
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thanks guys. That whole season of practice helped out a lot. Better to know what my weaknesses are now then later.

Yeah he picked me because at the tryouts I was Allen Iverson cheesing everybody there at will and had the most work ethic out of everyone. First day of practice, coach puts me as PG to run some plays However, once I get trapped in a corner or face tight D during practice, Id get tunnel vision and turn the ball over. I'm not a good passer to start with so things got ugly fast. This caused me to lose confidence in my whole game and I'm still trying to find my scoring mentality back.

Transitioning from streetball to organized high school ball is definately harder than I thought. Also doesn't help that I'm 5'8ish 120 lbs.
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thanks guys. That whole season of practice helped out a lot. Better to know what my weaknesses are now then later.

Yeah he picked me because at the tryouts I was Allen Iverson cheesing everybody there at will and had the most work ethic out of everyone. First day of practice, coach puts me as PG to run some plays However, once I get trapped in a corner or face tight D during practice, Id get tunnel vision and turn the ball over. I'm not a good passer to start with so things got ugly fast. This caused me to lose confidence in my whole game and I'm still trying to find my scoring mentality back.

Transitioning from streetball to organized high school ball is definately harder than I thought. Also doesn't help that I'm 5'8ish 120 lbs.
I was the starting pg for my team in grade 11 and 12 when I was 5'11, 135 lbs. You just gotta find a way to get it done.

On a side note, I was tearing up a pick-up game the other day when a guy on the other team yelled "somebody else guard Steve Nash" (referring to me )
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I was the starting pg for my team in grade 11 and 12 when I was 5'11, 135 lbs. You just gotta find a way to get it done.

On a side note, I was tearing up a pick-up game the other day when a guy on the other team yelled "somebody else guard Steve Nash" (referring to me )
Haha nice! I get called Kevin Durant because of my body frame and my quick, high release. This one guy said I was a mix of Durant and Dirk loll.

My weakness is my dribbling though, wish I could get better at that. Any tips guys?
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Haha nice! I get called Kevin Durant because of my body frame and my quick, high release. This one guy said I was a mix of Durant and Dirk loll.

My weakness is my dribbling though, wish I could get better at that. Any tips guys?
what's your problem with dribbling?
keeping it close to your body to make it hard for defenders to steal, with the weak hand or just crossover and behind the back stuff?
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what's your problem with dribbling?
keeping it close to your body to make it hard for defenders to steal, with the weak hand or just crossover and behind the back stuff?
I'm left handed but my right hand is very weak. I'm pretty good at finishing with my right, but I struggle to dribble or drive right. It's actually ridiculous how much better my left hand is than my right. I think the worst thing is that I can't seem to get my footing down when I drive right.
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I'm left handed but my right hand is very weak. I'm pretty good at finishing with my right, but I struggle to dribble or drive right. It's actually ridiculous how much better my left hand is than my right. I think the worst thing is that I can't seem to get my footing down when I drive right.
I started dribbling with a tennis ball. I take it you were never in a league because they make you dribble, drive and lay up with both hands on both sides. Let Pistol Pete teach you...

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I used to play in a house league when I was a kid. I also used to play for my school team in grades 9 and 10. Our coach didn't even let us practice. All we did was fitness stuff.
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I used to play in a house league when I was a kid. I also used to play for my school team in grades 9 and 10. Our coach didn't even let us practice. All we did was fitness stuff.
sounds like PE

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