The 3 point shot was started 40 years ago. Doesn't seem like it's been that long. The first year of it's igitbeing in play, it made up about a little over 3% of the total field goals. Today it is very close to 25% of field goals are from behind the arc, and not only that, but they come from every player on the court. There are those that specialize in the 3 , bu you need to be able to hit it no matter what position you play,. Recruiters are looking for anyone from 5'11 to 7' that can hit the 3.
Mr. Stevens I think the 3 point shot has ruined many a good shooter or kids learn poor form because they start too early and lack the strength. You watch any youth basketball league and the first thing kids do in warm ups is to head out and start hucking up the 3 ball. Learn the intermediate jumper in your youth and lay-ins, then as you get the muscle mass venture out to Curry land.
Back when I was a kid we practiced the Kareem Abdul Jabbar hook shot. I was unstoppable in Church ball and led the league with a 2.3 PPG ave.
RunForrest was also the league leader in technical fouls, elbows thrown and landed, and in saying "My bad" after a turnover or airball. Work on that Mikan Drill!
I was a sophomore when the 3 pointer hit Idaho. It was the '82-'83 school year. I still remember all of us trying to shoot from there and how it felt like such a loonngg shot. Not anymore. But I like it. Has definitely changed the game.
This is Stinger58, Forrest. You have nothing over in me. I was All Stake. They used to give me tickets to all the Stake Gold and Green dances. You are right and my first post included your remarks about kids running out in the floor and head for the 3 point line. First work on the fundamentals of basketball and then your shots
Hey Stinger58! The Gold and Green Dances must have been with the upper echelon crowds because I never made it to one of those. Lots of cow tipping though.
@Hurricane there was a reason I didn't wear elbow pads and "My Bad" is not in my vocabulary. It was always the other guys fault. At least that's what coach (my dad) always said.
Pretty funny posts and great points Stinger and Forrest. I agree about the little kids it is a pet peeve however if they find the time to work on both they will be rewarded as it is necessary to have one in today's game. One of the casualties has been the tiny few who have the 14 footer because it requires an equal amount or work and is a lost art. The truly great 3 point shooters nearly all have the skill at a jr high age. By the 6th and 7th grade many kids today can shoot in practice at a 60% clip which is incredible to me. Also each shot requires a different leverage and release point and 95% of high school varsity kids cannot shoot 30% on a six foot jumper because they have never worked on it. Many however become elite 3 point shooters who never really could shoot it in a game at a high percentage until senior year or while they played in college. These kids were way more skilled in transition shooting free throws and getting to the hole in the half court than any elite high school 3 point shooter I have ever seen. Any player who works so much in practice shooting the 3 always leaves way to much on the table and never reaches his or her potential. Dribbling explosion and footwork drills are equally important. You have to find the time to work on all facets of the game. Basketball is easily the sport where skill work in all facets incrementally shows the greatest dividends.
well written axes. The good ones develop an all around game with the 3 being an important part of their development. I like to use my grandsons as examples, but then you get the "living the sport through your grandkids, but I watched them closer than the others.