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Keith Smart and Knicks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. have been summer shooting pals for six weeks, in three cities, for countless hours. And it started in a chair.
The Knicks assistant coach warned Smith the process would be “tedious.” It’s been all of that — and the alliance may turn so successful, the shape of the Knicks’ season could change.
Smart is the former Indiana shooting guard best known for hitting the biggest baseline dagger in Syracuse history. Smart authored “The Shot’’ that slayed the Orangemen for the 1987 NCAA championship.
After the 2018-19 season, coach David Fizdale handed Smart his summer assignment: Make Smith’s jump shot dangerous.
In May, Smart flew to Smith’s hometown, Fayetteville, NC, to launch “Project Dennis.” They’ve also worked in New York and Las Vegas during the summer league in early July.
They will resume in August.
In Vegas, Smith was genuinely enthused, saying “a big difference” had already taken place. He projected he would “take my game to the next level and it’s going to put us in the playoffs.” That’s a lot of pressure on Smart, a former Warriors assistant and head coach who also worked with Fizdale in Miami and Memphis. Smart has always been “The Shot Doctor’’ and is nicknamed “Smarty.’’ He was smart enough not to touch Stephen Curry’s pure launch during their two seasons together with Golden State (2009-11).
Smart said he’s been lucky to always have coaches obsessed with shooting fundamentals — middle school, high school, then with junior college Hall-of-Famer Jim Carey at Garden City (Kan.) Community College and Bobby Knight at Indiana. Taking shots off the side of a wall were commonplace drills.
Five years ago, Smart took up golfing and marveled at how pros deconstructed a swing to its finest component.
“So I wanted to use that approach in basketball shooting because those guys do a great job — how they teach it,’’ Smart said.
Smart went back to the basics with Smith.
“We started shooting in a chair, taking out all the floor movement and just looking at the shoulders,” Smart said. “The delivery of the hands through the basketball. We worked on that for about a week.”
A week? “I told him it was going to get boring,’’ Smart said. “But don’t get bored with any of it.’’
Eventually, Smith, arguably the 2017 draft’s most athletic player, emerged from the chair and more fine-tuning took place.
cebemaniaco escribió:La verdad es que ver a Melo mendigar un puesto en la NBA... da bastante que pensar. Ese ego, esa cabeza, ese no saber reciclarse en un especialista en el tiro....
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cebemaniaco escribió:Philip_Marlowe_ escribió:Barrett no va al mundial.
There were probably a dozen other reasons the Knicks struggled that year. But when Hopla talked to SNY about his time with the Knicks and that frustrating 2013-14 season, he pointed to another factor in the Knicks' shortcomings: He said McKinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting firm hired by Madison Square Garden to work with the Knicks and Rangers, had a negative impact on the coaching staff and was the source of confusion and paranoia among some players. The firm's influence led to decisions like not having coaches watch film with players and filling out seemingly endless amounts of paperwork, according to Hopla.
"We got so fed up with them," Hopla said of McKinsey & Company, which declined comment for this story when asked about their work with the Knicks in 2013-14.
Knicks owner James Dolan said in a Q&A in the New York Post in 2013 that he hired the firm to "reprocess" the Knicks and Rangers. The firm was hired before Dolan decided to fire GM Glen Grunwald, which suggests they may have had at least some influence on the decision. Grunwald was let go days before training camp opened in 2013-14. Current team president Steve Mills replaced him general manager.
The timing of the move stunned Hopla and other coaches: "(The season) just started out in a tailspin."
McKinsey & Company's influence continued throughout the season. Hopla said the consulting agency advised coaches to stop watching film with players at one point during the year.
"The players were like, 'Why aren't we watching film?' (We said), 'the McKinsey group told us,' " Hopla recalled.
Hopla said the consultants also told members of the coaching staff to fill out paperwork documenting how players performed in all workouts, a process Hopla felt was time-consuming (a second source confirms that coaches were asked to fill out the paperwork).
"I told them if we took all that time writing reports and we actually worked the players out, we would have made the playoffs," Hopla said.
Members of the consulting firm attended practices and games at home and on the road, which, according to Hopla, led to concerns from the players.
"The players started asking who they were," Hopla said. "…. They were worried about maybe they were writing reports about them. They were paranoid."
Hopla questioned why a firm without significant experience in pro basketball was allowed to influence how Knicks coaches approached aspects of their jobs.
"If the McKinsey group came in and it was Hubie Brown, Bob Knight and John Thompson, you'd listen to them," he said.
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