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The Art of the Jump Shot

Brooklyn Nets

Everyone seems to be working on their jump shot.

In fact, almost every Net on the court was taking three’s at Saturday’s Open Practice, even some you wouldn’t expect, at least this early. It was a strong indication of how the Nets offense will run. Brook Lopez took a few from the corners, made at least one. Hollis-Jefferson made one, to big cheers. Anthony Bennett hit one. Justin Hamilton had a barrage at the end of the scrimmage. Yogi Ferrell displayed his prowess from deep. Even Egidijus Mockevicius who didn’t make a three in his four years at Evansville, made two Saturday.

And that was with Bojan Bogdanovic sitting out the scrimmage! It continued Monday.

For example, here’s Jeremy Lin from the corner at Monday’s practice.

Anthony Bennett, too...

And Caris LeVert, as part of his rehab, shoots a bit as well...

Lin has talked about changing his form and how improving his jumper, particularly from long range, is his top priority. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson gets asked about his jump shot everytime, it seems, he’s within range of a microphone. Even Beau Beech, who go this far because of his shooting prowess, says he’s learning from Joe Harris. Harris, on the other hand, seems have his ‘J’ down pat, based on his performance on Saturday at the Open Practice. As Kenny Atkinson said Monday, he’s been a pleasant surprise.

A lot of it is about confidence, but a lot is about form and practice, practice, practice.

“I know the work I put in, so going into this season, I’m just confident in my shot,” Lin said last week. “I’m more confident in my shot today than I’ve probably ever been. I’m hoping that carries through.

“I changed my form last year, which is why I dipped. I wasn’t as comfortable with it and I spent another summer, made a couple more tweaks. Now it’s definitely the most fluid motion when I’m shooting from deep.”

Hollis-Jefferson said different shooting coaches have different techniques.

“When it boils down to it, it’s basically consistency. David (Nurse, who was the Nets shooting coach last season) taught more mechanical probably … but it’s still the same. Consistency, finding that rhythm, same shot every time,’’ Hollis-Jefferson said. “The problem was I tried to change it too much, throughout high school, college, and it’s in my brain, ‘You shoot too many different ways.’ I’m trying to break that down, get that out of my mind.

“It’s probably the biggest thing. All those ways you shot growing up, it’s lingering. … But it’s working its way out.”

RHJ also said he’s sought advice from a Spurs player who could be his role model as a 3-and-D guy, Bruce Bowen.

“I talked to Bruce Bowen, and he was talking about just being shot-ready. If you’re shot-ready, you’re drive-ready … on a closeout. … All shooters have that mindset of being shot-ready. My follow-through is good; I’ve just got stay shot-ready.”

Beech’s model is closer to home and the instruction more basic.

“Coach Ronald Nored and Coach Ryan Gomes (of the Long Island Nets) have helped me out a lot with footwork,” Beech told NetsDaily on Media Day. “I wouldn’t say I have the best footwork, when it comes to be being consistent, but it’s something that they’ve found an error or a flaw in my shooting that I can really take the next level and become more consistent.”

“Now, it’s my job so I want to become perfect at everything I do. I look at Joe Harris on our team. They showed me some clips of him. His footwork is perfect every time. How do it get like him? How do I shoot like that every time.”

Good role model.