Price Starts Work On Kidd-Gilchrist Shot

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LAS VEGAS – Where to begin? With the hitch just before the release or with the release point itself, on the way down, after the peak of the jump? With the slight body twist so his shoulders are not square to the basket? With the bad footwork and, therefore, bad balance? With the wrist and elbow that jut in awkward angles?

summer-league-logoNone of the above. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has a broken jump shot – a totaled jump shot, actually – but form is not the biggest problem. Approach is. Confidence is. Begin there.

He is a starting small forward in the NBA, a year removed from being the No. 2 pick in the draft, a major piece of what the Bobcats hope is finally the foundation of the future… and looking for ways to not shoot a jumper. Nine 3-pointers attempted last season, two makes.

Enter Mark Price, one of the great shooters in league history during a 12-year career at point guard and hired as a Charlotte assistant by new coach Steve Clifford with a heavy emphasis on taking a jackhammer to Kidd-Gilchrist’s perimeter game and working with Kemba Walker on the pick and roll. Which is why this is also a very good place to begin, far from North Carolina and far from the regular season.

Price has been on the staff only a couple weeks, and Summer League at UNLV is no actual gauge on what MKG will look like when his form leaves the body shop after many months, but this is the first benchmark on the time together following hours of workouts. This is also encouraging.

“I’m trying to shoot it now,” Kidd-Gilchrist said. “That’s a big step.”

Because he was always trying to not shoot it before.

“Yeah,” he said. “I think it’s a big step for me to shoot the 3. My mid-range, too. I’ll shoot the mid-range a lot, too.”

Kidd-Gilchrist plays with a passion, attacks the rim in transition and with slashing moves in the halfcourt and has the potential to become a standout defender, but there is no reason for opponents to respect his jumper. They can play way off, worrying only about the moves to the basket, and he won’t come close to reaching his potential that way.

“Everybody can become a better shooter,” Price said. “He’s definitely got some flaws in his technique right now. We just start working on certain things and try to keep moving in the right direction. Most people kind of look at his elbow and the things that go on with that.

“It’s a lot more than just the elbow and things like that. It’s the footwork, balance, a lot of different things. We’re starting with the feet and trying to get him more squared-up to the basket. Actually, we’ve made some progress in practice, but then it becomes a transferring-it-to-the game kind of thing. He’s young, too. It’s going to take some time.”

And the mental aspect. It’s that, too.

“I think confidence,” Price said. “Everybody knows that’s what he needs to work on. He knows that. Everybody else knows that. I think just getting it to a confidence level to help him. Believe it or not, I have seen some improvement there already. I think he believes in what we’re trying to do. Everybody would like it to happen quicker, but stuff like that doesn’t happen overnight.”

6 Comments

  1. Me says:

    alot of these early entry kids have families to support. whether it be moms dads brothers or kids. not everyone is born rich you have to take the money as soon as its available sometimes

  2. yololololo says:

    His release is so slow, this guy will never be able to shoot well of the dribble. he looks like ronnie brewer and charles barkley(golf swing) with that hitch before he release his shot.

  3. jim says:

    Mark Price is the best shooter of all time

  4. Oracle says:

    shouldn’t he have worked on his jumpshot whilst in college? ohhh, i forgot, he chose to come in early to the NBA to get his money. that’s the problem with the league nowadays, these kids who haven’t worked on their game at all, spending only one year in college and then jumping to the pros to sit on the bench on a rookie deal. and the teams wonder why the players are not so good. they’ve been enabled, that’s why.
    michael jordan spent 3 years in college, karl malone spent the whole 4 years, tim duncan stayed 4 years, larry bird and magic johnson stayed 4 years, dwayne wade stayed 3 years, kareem abdul-jabbar stayed 4 years, paul pierce stayed 3 years etc all the other greats stayed 3 years or 4 years in college and came into the NBA as players with their games – shooting, dribbling, defending, basketball iQ, at a good level. Good enough for the NBA.
    the NBA has to understand that not every player is like Kobe, LeBron, KG, Durant, Carmelo who jumped straight in from high school or after 1 year in college and have every skill at NBA level. Heck, even these guys would have been greater in the NBA right from the start if they played 3 years in college before coming in.
    NBA needs to set new rules that players must spend 3 years in college or 3 years after graduation from high school before coming to the NBA

  5. LabMonkey says:

    But unless you’re a center, how do you make it to the NBA with a broken jump shot?