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Clippersfan86
09-28-2012, 11:09 PM
"The Clippers have hired shooting coach Bob Thate to work w/ DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. Thate pupils include Jason Kidd, Mike Miller."

This is the guy Jason Kidd has given credit to for changing his shot in NJ and taking him from ason Kidd to Jason Kidd.

http://www.nba.com/2011/news/features/john_schuhmann/06/05/kidd-shooting-prowess/index.html


Griffin and Jordan apparently worked with him all summer but the team decided to hire him onto the staff today.

Grant Hill: “From what I’ve seen they’ve [Jordan and Griffin] improved. Blake is shooting the ball better from range and from the perimeter, his moves in the post look better.”

Im_in_Mia_bish
09-28-2012, 11:10 PM
lol...

JasonJohnHorn
09-28-2012, 11:15 PM
I'm surprised more teams don't hire specialist coaches like this. I mean, every single-digit win in the NBA could literally go the other way if guys are hitting their FTs or shooting at a slightly higher percentage.

I was amazed at the change in Kidd's shooting toward the end of his career. He completely re-invented himself in his mid-30's, which was impressive to see because most players essentially stop expanding their game before they hit their late 20's nd here Kidd was, 34 or 35 years old and all of a sudden he could shoot the ball.

There are other areas of expertise that could come in handy with specialized coaches (defence, post-up game).

If I was Boston I would have hired this guy to work with Rondo. If Rondo could shoot as well as Jason Kidd does now, Boston would likely be unstoppable and Rondo may be the best PG in the league.

Smrt move on LAC's part. I'm not sure I want to be running plays for Jordan, lol, but it wouldn't hurt for him to be able to knock down 10-15 footers, and any addition to Griffens game is gravy.

Clippersfan86
09-28-2012, 11:18 PM
I'm surprised more teams don't hire specialist coaches like this. I mean, every single-digit win in the NBA could literally go the other way if guys are hitting their FTs or shooting at a slightly higher percentage.

I was amazed at the change in Kidd's shooting toward the end of his career. He completely re-invented himself in his mid-30's, which was impressive to see because most players essentially stop expanding their game before they hit their late 20's nd here Kidd was, 34 or 35 years old and all of a sudden he could shoot the ball.

There are other areas of expertise that could come in handy with specialized coaches (defence, post-up game).

If I was Boston I would have hired this guy to work with Rondo. If Rondo could shoot as well as Jason Kidd does now, Boston would likely be unstoppable and Rondo may be the best PG in the league.

Smrt move on LAC's part. I'm not sure I want to be running plays for Jordan, lol, but it wouldn't hurt for him to be able to knock down 10-15 footers, and any addition to Griffens game is gravy.

Great post but most reports are that Thate mostly worked with Jordan on free throws and Griffin with both jumper and free throws. He's not teaching DJ to take 18 footers or anything that I've heard. Kidd became a lights out shooter after about a year working with Thate.

Punk
09-29-2012, 03:56 AM
Griffin needs a shooting coach because his size and footwork will work against home against bigger Forwards on the post. He could space out and hit Js when he has a good post defender on him.

DJ needs to work on his post game. Hakeem would be pefect for him.

Ebbs
09-29-2012, 04:05 AM
Kidd credited Dirk numerous times for teaching him to shoot deep.

Avenged
09-29-2012, 10:40 AM
Good for Blake this will certainly help him expand his game even more.

Anything you get from DJ offensively is just a bonus though.

dtmagnet
09-29-2012, 10:55 AM
Jordan is a lost cause, wouldn't bother with him.

Chronz
09-29-2012, 11:31 AM
I'm surprised more teams don't hire specialist coaches like this. I mean, every single-digit win in the NBA could literally go the other way if guys are hitting their FTs or shooting at a slightly higher percentage.

I was amazed at the change in Kidd's shooting toward the end of his career. He completely re-invented himself in his mid-30's, which was impressive to see because most players essentially stop expanding their game before they hit their late 20's nd here Kidd was, 34 or 35 years old and all of a sudden he could shoot the ball.

There are other areas of expertise that could come in handy with specialized coaches (defence, post-up game).

If I was Boston I would have hired this guy to work with Rondo. If Rondo could shoot as well as Jason Kidd does now, Boston would likely be unstoppable and Rondo may be the best PG in the league.

Smrt move on LAC's part. I'm not sure I want to be running plays for Jordan, lol, but it wouldn't hurt for him to be able to knock down 10-15 footers, and any addition to Griffens game is gravy.
You found it impressive that a guy who never learned to shoot and never showed the commitment to wanting to learn, finally learned how to shoot when his best days were behind him?

Better late than never but I call that lazy

GiantsSwaGG
09-29-2012, 11:33 AM
How did DeAndra Jordan get that contract again?

The goods
09-29-2012, 12:00 PM
You found it impressive that a guy who never learned to shoot and never showed the commitment to wanting to learn, finally learned how to shoot when his best days were behind him?

Better late than never but I call that lazy

Ason because he has no J. Lol

Hotone1401
09-29-2012, 01:37 PM
You found it impressive that a guy who never learned to shoot and never showed the commitment to wanting to learn, finally learned how to shoot when his best days were behind him?

Better late than never but I call that lazy

That's a bit harsh. I play the point and I've never been a great/consistent shooter. It takes a ton of practice for a shot to develop and the results only come from really shooting in game situations. Kidd's responsibility to his team has always been to set them up. I can understand why it's taken so long. I definitely would not consider Kidd lazy.

Zefflin
09-29-2012, 01:52 PM
****ing clippers...

they're gonna be annoying this season

Hawkeye15
09-29-2012, 02:38 PM
That's a bit harsh. I play the point and I've never been a great/consistent shooter. It takes a ton of practice for a shot to develop and the results only come from really shooting in game situations. Kidd's responsibility to his team has always been to set them up. I can understand why it's taken so long. I definitely would not consider Kidd lazy.

No, his form was never correct, and he only became good at one thing, spot up 3's. If you want to be the best player you can be, you improve something as important as shooting as early as possible. Shooting prowess is done from practice. You can shoot more jumpers in a week span of the summer then you will all season in the NBA games, so I don't buy improvements only come in-game.

Lakers + Giants
09-29-2012, 03:34 PM
How did DeAndra Jordan get that contract again?

They expected him to be a mini Dwight because of his athleticism.

Cracka2HI!
09-29-2012, 04:00 PM
DeAndre Jordan is so underrated around here now. He is vastly overpaid but he can play basketball. If he can improve his post defense, rebounding just a bit he will be a solid NBA Center. I think his shot from he line has potential. His numbers didn't improve but his form was much better last season. If this coach can get him up to even 60% he would be a good player.

Chronz
09-29-2012, 04:04 PM
That's a bit harsh. I play the point and I've never been a great/consistent shooter. It takes a ton of practice for a shot to develop and the results only come from really shooting in game situations. Kidd's responsibility to his team has always been to set them up. I can understand why it's taken so long. I definitely would not consider Kidd lazy.
Sounds like your being far too lenient. I dont see why any of this is a reason for not improving your shot, and IIRC he once said something along the lines of being a low% shooter never changing. Kidd rarely QB'd great offenses in his prime, Im not even sure if has ever had an elite offensive team but I do remember the teams he led in scoring being mediocre on that end. Imagine trying to stop a team with a Kidd that can shoot? He would be the greatest PG to ever play. So no hes not lazy overall, but he is lazy on some things.