So he looked at film this summer and noticed a trend. Most of his misses drifted left.
Waiters conversed with his shooting coach and decided to test a new style, sliding a step to the right for free throws. “The first couple times it felt weird,” he said.
But Waiters, always the free basketball spirit, wasn’t swayed from the kooky correction. He was convinced he needed to amp it up. “I moved even more to the right,” he said.
That’s definitely a creative fix – maybe even one that will boost his free-throw percentage. In an extremely small sample, Waiters is 8-for-12 (67%) in the preseason.
But it’s just a band-aid.
If Waiters free throws are drifting left, that indicates a flaw in his form. If his form is flawed, that could extend to his streaky jumper. There’s a reason the top jump shooters and top free-throw shooters usually correlate.
At some point, Waiters should address the underlying issue.
In the meantime, if this helps him make a few more free throws, why not?
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“I think the 3-point line is exciting,” he said. “I would add another line and make a 4-point line as well. I’d say let’s go another three or four feet back and that’s a 4-pointer.”
It’s surprising to see Scott endorse a 4-pointer, but I didn’t expect Phil Jackson to do so, and the Knicks president did. Maybe there’s just something about coaching the Lakers that opens people to 4-pointers.
More immediately, Scott addressed the long-range shot available to his players. Scott on 3-pointers, via Oram:
“We’re going to shoot 18 to 25 a night,” Scott said. “We’ve got guys that can shoot it.”
Despite Scott’s stated plan to shoot far fewer, the Lakers attempted 19 3s per game last season – 25th in the league. Shooting 25 per game from beyond the arc would probably get them a little above average.