Hakeem Olajuwon Trying To Convince Blake Griffin To Work Out (P. 3)

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Clippersfan86
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I think he needs to address this the same way he has addressed his free throw shooting. If you work that low post game to dominate then they won't say anything or look like fools for doing it. When Cousins was talking crap, but Blake was having field days against his squad Cousins looked like a fool. When ZBo did it he looked correct cuz he had the production to back it up, even though it was done mostly while Blake was hurt. I agree with Voyeur about the timing of Zbo's comments, since he doesn't....

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That's just it. Like you said the key is the folding after being bullied that makes him a target.

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Heart is a big cliche thing to attack. Does a anyone actually think Blake doesn't have heart? Would Blake magically have more heart by being a better player?

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"Hakeem Olajuwon will join the Houston Rockets as an official employee.

Olajuwon has expensively tutored many of the NBA's players during the offseason in Houston and will continue that work with the Rockets.

'We are going to bring him in as full-time as is possible,' Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said Sunday. 'It's not done, but we have mutual interest to get it done, and we've had some early discussions.'

'We want him to work with Dwight (Howard) and Omer (Asik), and he wants to do that.'

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle"

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I don't mind a retaliation from Blake if he's attacked. However I think it's nonsense to criticize Blake for not "doing something" when Z Bo was acting like a schoolyard punk grabbing his privates and cursing Blake as Stephen A seemed to suggest. That kind of childish behavior isn't worthy of response, frankly.

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lmao wth?^ i would lay a bitch out if he did that to me. you tripppin

Voyeur
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Depends on how you grew up, I guess.

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surprised people want blake to smack people around as if its gonna be ok'ed by everyone, including the league.

kudos to blake for being himself and responding in a non-physical manner. he complains his ass off to the refs, but doesn't endanger his status and keeps in mind that he's a key part to the team's success.

id rather have that than another kenyon martin wannabe. this isn't streetball. this is the nba and there's rules and consequences.

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This,

I bet the same people who want Blake to "tuffin" up and hit someone are also the same people who didn't want Metta on our team because he's a head case and is out of control.

And BTW I don't remember a single fight from anybody in the league last season. Maybe the entire league needs to "tuffin" up....or not because it is basketball not MMA.

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btw, i think this has to do with the crap culture basketball has evolved into. in no other sport will you have so many people calling an athlete soft for not "stepping up" to others.

its such BS.

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This is for those who always ask "why doesn't ______ player just shoot 1000 FT's a day?" With the assumption that the players shooting woes is due to poor work ethic or lack of practice.

I'm posting it here because it has some relation to Blake, though he is now improving because he's practicing better. Watch till at least 1:50 where Blake is featured

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For real, the FT thing is funny.

Sure, there are players out there that would certainly benefit from more practice or attention to their approach, routine, level of concentration, etc. But for the most part, players that suck at the line just flat out have issues with depth perception, replicating their limb dynamics each and every time at the FT line, cognitively processing the motor program perfectly when their tired, and staying confident and focused each and every time at the stripe.

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Yup, DJ doesn't suck because he's lazy, DJ sucks because he's practiced a terrible and inconsistent form that doesn't give him confidence in his shooting ability.

Blake also has similar form issues, that's what they actually need to correct. Practicing their bad form a ton of times won't make them good shooters. Even Marion with his weak release still had more of a one piece shot, you could just say that he short armed his release a lot, but there was a lot of mechanics going right in how he shot despite the funny release.

Marion shooting:

He was always extending his release away from a more consistent shot, but he had a lot of good in his shot in terms of fluidity.

Was it laziness and lack of work ethic that made Austin Rivers a 54.6% FT and only 32.6% 3PT shooter or was it partly declining of confidence due to a hitchy shot that he shots in the way down?

Austin Rivers shoting:

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I'm posting it here because it has some relation to Blake, though he is now improving because he's practicing better. Watch till at least 1:50 where Blake is featured

Those shots were recent? So even with a shooting coach he has those bad habits? We're so screwed.

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Oh please. He definitely improved. And his FT shooting the last few months were up around the 70% range. 81% in the playoffs. We'll be fine.

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He seemed to lose confidence as the season went on. I'm talking mid range shooting, not fts.

Agent0
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Those were from last season. The difference in Blakes FT shooting for example was technique related, not work ethic related. Blake has a release that will lead to inconsistency, so he will never be a consistent shooter with that release. His shooting improvement will come from changing how he shoots.

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Blake doesn't need to hurt anyone or play dirty. He can just be like Timmy D. Just flat out dominate people. Then they won't talk smack.

Agent0
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With the thoughts on how Doc wants to play Blake, this is actually Blake's biggest off-season need.

Not the jab step itself, though that is fine, but that consistent mid-range jumper. Look at Amare from 10-15 and 16-23 from 04-05 till 10-11, the past two seasons he hasn't played much or been healthy. He's shot >45% from both ranges many times.

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Which he's already done. If you guys have followed Blake the last 2 years you don't need to ask about his shot considering it's completely different. He's getting more arc and elevation on his jumper. He's releasing at a higher point and has cut the hitch down tremendously. In other words.. his shooting form IS completely different, especially his free throw form.

Clippersfan86
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Look at Blake's form on this 3. It's absolutely beautiful for a bigman. Great arc, releases at peak, beautiful follow through, feet pointed at the target and spaced accordingly. No hitch at all.

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You're missing the point, if you follow the flow, my point is that Blake's not improving his shot before had nothing to do with bad work ethic and all to do with bad form. It wasn't that Blake sat around and did nothing in the 10-11 off-season, it's that Blake was at best working by himself (lockout, teams couldn't work with players) and re-enforcing bad technique.

So this idea of "what were they doing in the off-season" when a players shot doesn't improve isn't accurate, the issue isn't the effort, it's the technique, and practicing bad technique really hard isn't going to give the game results you desire. That's why now that Blake got a shooting coach, we see improvement, not because he just started working hard, but because his technique is improving.

That's why I said "the difference in his FT shooting was technique related", he shot better at the line because he improved his technique, not because he just started working hard on his shooting.

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I quoted you because you were the last to mention it, my post was more a general one for a handful of people. Like you said he was practicing bad form before, had nothing to do with work ethic or effort. In other words, I agree with you.

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Oh okay cool, excellent, I agree

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