When Jason Kidd entered the league he didn’t have much of an outside shot — he was a fantastic talent but he was not a guy you feared from three. That has changed over time. Part of the reason is Bob Thate, who was the shooting coach for the Nets when Kidd was there.
Now Thate is the Clippers shooting coach. Before the Knicks fell to the Clippers Sunday afternoon, Kidd worked out for Thate for about 30 minutes, talking shooting, something commentator Jeff Van Gundy talked about during the broadcast.
Kidd shot 51 percent from three in the first 10 games of the season and was still shooting well for the next 20, however in his last 20 games Kidd is shooting 23.8 percent from three. He’s lost his touch and he needs it back for the playoffs. So he talked to Thate, he told the New York Daily News.
“He helped me out a little bit, what I was doing wrong,” Kidd said. “I’ve known him for a long time, his family. I’m happy he’s working with the Clippers and Blake (Griffin). He just pointed out a couple of things, just trying to help you out.”
Kidd then promptly went out knocked down three of five from beyond the arc. We’ll see if that trend continues, if a little coaching from his past can get Kidd’s shot falling again.