(KTSF by Lynne Ku)
Doc Scheppler, coach of the girl’s basketball team at Pinewood School in Los Altos Hills, helped Jeremy Lin refine his shooting skills last summer. He was with Jeremy Lin 3-4 times a week during the training period and worked at changing Lin’s playing habit and shooting pattern.
Scheppler demonstrated how he taught Jeremy Lin about balance, release and shoot – three important fundamentals for a basketball player. On Lin’s balance, Scheppler told him that his feet were too close. “Anytime for a great shoot, you want your feet underneath your shoulders. Feet, shoulders, underneath the ball. When your feet are too close, it’s almost like you’re out of balance.”
On his release, Scheppler suggested that Lin lower the release position of the ball. “Last year his release was up here, this far back. So it would be a throw, he would throw, like that. No distance control on the shot. So we brought his release down to right here.”
Instead of throwing, Scheppler had Lin try snapping. “I’m snapping my wrist to the target and when you shoot the ball that will keep the ball straight on line.”
Last month, on the night that Lin drained a 3-pointer to beat the Toronto Raptors, Lin sent a text message to Scheppler . “Doc, that was all you. Thanks for everything you did this summer , ” Lin wrote.
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