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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.