My family and I came to Chicago from India on Jan 21, 1995. In the 20 years since, I’ve been fortunate enough to get my hands on all types of Basketball basketballs. And using them all taught me some interesting things.
We all know about Steph Curry’s ridiculous jumper, but did you know that in high school, he had to change his form altogether? Like many small(er) guards who have difficulty getting a clean shot off against tighter, taller defenders because they shoot from the hip, literally, Steph Curry came to a crossroads.
Ray Allen’s fluid jump shot is the model form for basketball instructors and talking heads to exemplify marksman shooting. This is the jump shot that has helped Ray Ray nail big time 3s in clutch moments. Like the Celtics’ comebacks in the 2008 playoffs.
While Kobe’s shot looks like a mimic of Jordan’s jump shot form, it should be noted that that’s not why he consistently gets buckets, but because he’s mastered the form that’s apt for him and for the physics of basketball.