Here’s some exciting news for the Bulls (and scary-bad news for their opponents) — Derrick Rose has been working hard this summer on improving his jump shot:
“About three weeks after the Bulls were eliminated by Boston, Rose was in Santa Monica, Calif., working on his jumper, conditioning and other aspects of his game with trainer Rob McClanahan. McClanahan said Rose had problems with consistency because he often shot flat with his palm on the ball. Not enough lift on his shot left too many of them hitting the front of the rim. McClanahan challenged Rose to shoot for the back of the rim. When Rose missed, McClanahan was quick to remind him. ‘No short shots,’ he’d say. Or, ‘finish the shot.’ … Rose takes about 500 jumpers six days a week when he and McClanahan are in the gym with other players like Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. When they’re alone, that number doubles.”
Rose, who was a sickly 16-for-72 from downtown last season, is also trying to add a three-point shot to his arsenal. If this kid can become an outside shooting threat in addition to his lightning strikes into the paint, he’ll be unstoppable. Which would be totally cool with me.