Justin Hamilton is back. In the four games since New Year’s the 26-year-old seven-footer is averaging 11.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and most significantly, 54.5 percent overall and 57.1 percent from deep. A big improvement from December, when he shot 26.9 and 10.7 (neither are typos) and missed five games due to migraines.
What’s the reason for the big improvement. As Chris Carrino first reported on Friday night, he can see again. He’s got new contact lenses.
“I just started noticing when I was getting the migraines and we were trying to figure out what was going on. We figured out it was my vision,’’ said Hamilton in a post-game interview Sunday. “We were trying to get the right prescription. Right after the [Dec. 23] Cleveland game. Christmas Eve I got finally the right prescription for both eyes.”
How bad was it?
“I couldn’t see anything. It was blurry. I can see close, but further away the board right there, I couldn’t read the board,’’ said Hamilton in the Nets locker room.
“Not really sure [why] it kind of just switched. I was fine using that the last year-and-a-half. Then I don’t know if my eyes changed or something, it just kind if happened. So I was luckily able to figure that out and it wasn’t something worse. So it was kind of an easy fix, and I’ve kind of gone from there.”
The way Carrino described things Friday during the YES telecast Hamilton hadn’t had a change in his contacts’ prescription in two years. His vision and his numbers told him it was time. Neither Carrino nor Brian Lewis of the Post indicate whether the Nets advised him to seek an eye examination or whether Hamilton did it on his own.
In fact, the drop in December was so sudden it had to be something out of the ordinary. In November, Hamilton shot 43.9 percent, with three games of three or more three-pointers, including mid-December display against the Knicks where he hit five out of seven.
Maybe all the Nets shooters should take a swing by the team’s opthamologist’s office.
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