Points in the Paint

» October 22, 2009 5:03 PM | By Brandon Hoffman
  • Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News:  “You get a new rookie, the tendency is to want to coach him up right away. You look at all he can’t do, and you want to start making corrections and fiddling with his game. When it comes to first-year forward DeJuan Blair, the Spurs coaching staff is fighting that temptation for now. They aren’t remaking his shooting form. They aren’t in his ear constantly about playing defense. They aren’t trying to teach him post moves he doesn’t have. They aren’t trying to make him Mark Price at the foul line, or Dikembe Mutombo at the rim. For the time being, they are just letting Blair be. In that, the Spurs are just doing what they once did with another prized frontcourt rookie. ‘We didn’t even try to coach Tim Duncan at the beginning,’ Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ‘We watched him. Once we figured out what he does, then we tried to do what we could to make it better.’ Popovich is taking the same ‘observe and report’ approach with Blair this preseason.”
  • Ziller analyzes the statistical decline of San Antonio’s X-factor, Manu Ginobili.
  • Tania Ganguli of the Orlando Sentinel:  “Last night was not by any measure a good free throw shooting night for Dwight Howard. He made just six of 16 attempts, shooting an abysmal 37.5 percent in Orlando’s 117-87 win over Indiana. That’s about half as many percentage points as he was hoping to achieve from the line this season. Howard attributed his free-throw troubles to overthinking. He said he worked on free throw shooting more than any other skill during the offseason and often has success when he’s shooting them in non-game situations — before, after or during practice. ‘I want to make it so bad that I put too much pressure on myself when I’m shooting in the game,’ Howard said. ‘The guys said they’re going to start joking with me, [to] keep my mind free of the free throw itself.’ Because of his struggles, Howard has been hacked and hacked and hacked in this season’s exhibition games. He’s attempted 57 free throws so far, second only to Denver’s Carmelo Anthony, who has attempted 59.”

3 Responses to “Points in the Paint”

  1. Chris Humpherys Says:

    Saw me some Nuggets-Lakers preseason ball last night.

    Oooooooooh, it’s getting closer.

  2. Brandon Hoffman Says:

    I caught the first three quarters.

    Melo is in midseason form.

    Kobe forced several shots, as usual, but his post game looks refined.

    Counting down the days…

  3. john amaechi Says:

    excuse me?

    KOBE!! does not force shots. he just wants to make sure everyone is still aware that he can get off whenever he wants.


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