Preparing to shoot a basketball

April 10th, 2016

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Small Problems at the Free Throw Line

January 18th, 2015

The hardest part of refereeing basketball is not coaching. I watch players make the same mistake over and over, and I just want to help, but it’s not my place.  Read the rest of this entry »

Problems with Free Throw Practice

February 10th, 2014

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Why everyone should shoot like Steve Nash

May 11th, 2011

Originally published in Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter 4.35. Similar articles available in Brian McCormick’s Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletters, Volume 4.

I believe Steve Nash is the best shooter to play in the NBA, at least since the NBA incorporated the three-point line. While my belief is based primarily on observation, the numbers support the theory. John Hollinger, the creator of the player efficiency rankings, ranks Nash as the all-time #1 shooter based on a combined shooting range (CSR) which adds 2-point percentage, 3-pt % and FT%. Read the rest of this entry »

Free Throw Shooting Instruction

September 8th, 2009

Former Washington Wizards’ and Toronto Raptors’ Shooting Coach Dave Hopla explains the basics that he uses when instructing free throws. He keeps the instructions simple rather than over-complicating the shot, which tends to cause “paralysis by analysis.”

  • “Toe – Tack – Target”
  • “Valve the Basketball”