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Wade talks about working with shooting coach this summer

Jun 27, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

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Dwyane Wade’s knee was drained once during the playoffs, but for most of the postseason it was his knee draining his game.

Wade’s trademark explosivness was gone, there was not much lift on his jumper, he moved more slowly than normal. He became a second option to LeBron

In the coming weeks he is going to have doctors look at his knee — that will determine if he needs surgery and if he can play in the Olympics — but he is not using that as an excuse for his down (by his standards) playoff performance.

He’s talking about a shooting coach, he told the Miami Herald (via Ball Don’t Lie).

Wade said he might work with a shooting coach “for the first time ever” after a postseason in which he shot 31 percent on mid-range jumpers (50 for 163) and 29 percent on three-pointers (10 for 34).

The goal, he said, “is to try to do more in the sense of my three-point game and midrange game, getting that back. My mechanics aren’t that bad. I don’t have an ugly shot, not one of those Shawn Marion shots. There are certain things in my shot I can change.”

During the regular season Wade was better from the midrange — he shot 39.4 percent from 15 feet out to the arc, and just 26.8 percent from three — but not good. The jump shot has never been his bread and butter, his ability to get to the rim has been. But as his body ages and slows he’s going to need to adjust his game, and he’s going to need that jumper more and more. A shooting coach speaks to his maturity.

But first, Wade’s knee is needs to be looked at.

  1. bchapman2011 - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Wade is 30 and has already lost some of his explosiveness. He should have been perfecting his jumper in his mid to late 20’s like Jordan did. Lebron will be in the same boat 3 yrs from now if he does not develop a better shooting game. Look at Kobe. He would have been washed up at 29 if it were not for his ability to hit the outside shots.

    • caseybojangles - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      stop it with kobe being some monster jump shooter and lebron isn’t. just because you only remember the ones that go in and not the plenty that he jacked up and bricked doesn’t put kobe in some storied place. you don’t like the FG%? his 3P% is just as good and getting better while kobe’s is getting worse. numbers don’t lie…

      Kobe Career FG% .453
      Kobe 11-12 FG% .430
      Kobe Career 3PFG% .337
      Kobe 11-12 3PFG% .303

      LBJ Career FG% .483
      LBJ 11-12 FG% .531
      LBJ Career 3PFG% .331
      LBJ 11-12 3PFG% .362

    • miamatt - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      While I would agree that his jumper needs to improve as he ages (who couldn’t use a better J?), the biggest reason that LBJ and Wade were ranked #1 and #3 in PER, respectively, is that there was a focus from day one to not settle for jumpers, and I believe that philosophy will continue to serve them well for the next couple of years. Kobe is a legend, and it is incredible that he could well have led the league in scoring again at age 33, but his jumper is only partially responsible. He needs a high volume of shots to get there, isn’t particularly efficient, and at times that comes back to bite the Lakers. Wade has lost some explosion, but even now, getting to the paint needs to be his bread and butter. I think we’ll see post knee surgery that his explosiveness isn’t as far gone as it looked this post-season. In any case he still averaged nearly 23 ppg on 46% shooting for the playoffs, so he’s not dead.

      Still, that jumper needs to become more reliable so he remains effective as he ages. Earliy in his career, Wade did improve it markedly from where it had been in college, and he’ll need to make a similar jump in the next couple of years to maintain productivity.

      Lebron could also stand to improve his J, but it is less crucial for him. Even as he slows, Lebron will have the size and power to dominate inside. If anything, he should be looking to guys like Shaq and drawing inspiration there.

      If I’m an opposing coach, I am praying that Wade and James fall in love with the jumper. Not saying it isn’t an area for them to improve, just that it can easily get overstated.

  2. cantonbound13 - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Can Dwhine Wade work on the flopping & complaining?

    • canehouse - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      MIAMI HEAT… NBA CHAMPS 2012!!!

      Oh yeah… we’re still parting down here… extraordinary Red-Bones, Blonde, Red Head, Dirty Blonde, Cuban, Columbian, Dominican, Brazillian, etc women ready to blow it out!!! Going to be a very NICE summer!!!!

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        Too bad you are all alone on your couch

    • truthhurtstoo - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      moron- some things don’t change. BTW- the knicks suck

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        bandwagon fan

  3. t8ertot - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Nice shot at Marion

    • soflasfinest - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      You don’t think Marion has one of the ugliest J’s ever?? It goes in so I’m not saying its broke but c’mon it looks like he’s playing hot potatoe with the ball!

  4. supaherolife - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    casey get some real stats since you copied paste from espn. those fg % are from everywhere on the floor. lebron takes or gets shots under the basket more than kobe and takes less threes if you just use your eyes you know lebron nor wade can shoot consistent. kobe problem is he efficent he has the worst shot selection ever…. but he makes them so no one complains as much but if he took better shots he would average over 30 a game.

    • caseybojangles - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      first of all, yes, i used a reputable stat collector to quote stats. i just don’t have the time to keep my own stats here. and your point with this one is???

      second, yes, lebron hits the paint more than kobe and this would account for some of his higher FG%.. this is why i also provided you both player’s 3PT FG%

      third…wait a minute…so are you saying that lebron’s 3 pointers are closer to the rim than kobe’s? a three pointer is a three pointer, regardless of player.

      fourth…LBJ takes MORE threes than kobe. WAAAAY more. LBJ had 502 3PT attempts last season. Kobe launched 287. both numbers are plenty for a decent sample size to compare percentages.

      last…shot selection is PART OF THE GAME. why does kobe get a pass for his incredible selfishness and unwillingness to pass or otherwise make a better basketball decision? so your argument is we all should overlook and not count his bad shot selections and just extrapolate in our minds if he took better shots what kind of player he would be. so basically, you rather both teams come out and play a game of HORSE instead of an actual game…great logic.

  5. lakerluver - Jun 27, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Yeah, should’ve done that a few seasons ago. In 2-3 years when Wade can’t get past defenders or elevate higher than them he will be pretty much washed up.

    • jt1138 - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      Lol seriously? Unless Kobe got those super-injections in the offseason, he would have been washed up this year. Actually, he said he almost retired because of it. So don’t gimme this crap about Wade being washed up. He can get those super-injections and continue to be amazing.

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