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...when you shoot the 3. Might want to look into that.
And I'm posting it here since I know that this site is where all the players and coaches go to learn how to be better.
The announcers were pretty funny when it came to Byrd last night. On one occasion, as he hoisted up a three, the play by play man said, "this is what he does," before he proceeded to brick it. On another attempt, they said, "great form," as he missed another. I'm glad he is at least taking the open shot now...although he did pass up one. Also, he is a zero out there now instead of a minus, so that is an improvement. At 6-8 with a strong body, I just wish he was a better athlete, and could play some D and create his own shot of the dribble a la Stauskas.
hoke- to alter or manipulate so as to give a deceptively or superficially improved quality or value.
He's got the swagger of a great practice player.
Keeping the sunshiners in check since 2000.
As opposed to taking the open shot before?
I'm glad you posted this because I've been saying this for games. It's easy to catch and I'm sure the coaches are bringing it up in the film room, but I'm sure that's a big piece of the difference between shoot around results and game results.
I noticed that too. It looked like he was shifting to the left in the air each time he shot.
He's shooting a blistering 17.5% beyond the arc, yikes! Hope he figures it out against Michigan.
7 for 40.....don't remember him making 7 all season. It is all mental.
"You make sure when you come, you got a little blood in your eye, a little blood in your eye, a little fire in your belly. We there yet?"
To his credit, thought he played solid D last night. As long as he's not giving up easy points, ill take his 0-2 from 3 as that's what Kearney gave us each game
I hear he is a ladies man on campus with the female athletes...even though he has a gf!
Get some! (literally!)
I would make him play IM or men's league once a week to get his confidence back.
Yeah, and how many of those were in garbage time when we were up by 25 against some hapless directional school? Yikes.
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The OP is right, its more than mental. Its a mechanical flaw when shooters don't so straight up and stay square to the target.
Unbelievable shooters like Kobe can get away with shooting from different angles, but for everyone else it significantly decreases the chance of success.
I've been really encouraged by his play the past few games. He's starting to get comfortable out there, and really that's all we need. If we can get to the point where Byrd can come in and get us 1 or 2 buckets - it's all gravy. Right now, he's playing better defense, not just outright turning the ball over. Byrd is playing a lot better.
The canuck creates off the dribble? LOL. You serious Clark?
Dude needs a major attitude adjustment. For the worse. He's too nice out there. Get mean dude, get pissed, take it out on somebody. Be a dagger in their hearts.
His game has improved a lot from consistent game experience/practice. He looks about 1000x more comfortable at the 2/3 right now, than he did at the 4 at any point in time.
If he's stepping into an open shot, he might as well take it. He played solid minutes last night that were needed. I don't mind him taking those shots, especially because when Appling and Harris weren't on the floor the offense was so out-of-sync. That was the best shot they were going to get on that possession.
He's definitely drifting left, but that could still be mental. I doubt he drifts left when shooting by himself or playing in practice, coaches would correct that immediately. Sometimes, lack of confidence leads to flawed mechanics. You start making mental adjustments for no reason. Haven't you ever hit them perfectly at the range, only to shank one on the first tee and the next thing you know, nothing about your swing feels right? I suspect that is where hens at right now.
I still think he can turn the shooting around, he just needs that game where it comes together shooting-wise, but the Purdue game may have been the best chance at that given the minutes and chances he got.
According some lately, he's on fire from behind the arc in the pregame warm ups. What the heck happens to his form during the game? Sounds as if it's changing drastically.
The mental is causing the mechanical problems.
http://www.bballvideos.com 2 horrible free throw attempts following a fragrant foul by K.Mart.
I am gravely disappointed. Again you have made me unleash my dogs of war.
I'm sure he's glad you posted this. I'm expecting a contribution from him to the "Bump When Your GF Is a Bitch" thread in the very near future.
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There was talk about him draining it warm-ups, and draining 6 3's in a row when he was playing scout team Deshaun Thomas.
I think it's all game or game-like experience. Byrd can't get that physicality/the realness of how a D-1 rotation guy is going to guard him in practice. That's because Harris isn't practicing, and I'm betting Dawson isn't full-go right now either. I don't think the coaches are interested in having Valentine and Byrd going against each other in practice right now, because they need to build as much chemistry between Valentine and Byrd, as well as with Appling since Trice is out.
I distinctly remember seeing Byrd hit a 3 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Yea, I agree with you about practice. Costello and Byrd are looking like they have a little more polish, and I think that's got to be due to some one on one coaching in practice. One more reason that Kearney leaving was a blessing in the skies.
Yep, definitely noticed that he drifts on his shot, instead of staying straight up and down. Also agree that the guy needs to play more "angry" and focused. And I keep coming back to the fact that he needs to expand his game to something beyond a "3 point jump shooter". Perhaps if he could make a couple of 8-10 foot shoots, that might build his confidence.
We need something from this kid, any contribution at all. It gets crazy frustrating watching him, but you have to keep hoping for the best. Don't think I've ever seen anything like it in all my years of watching MSU basketball.
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