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Video: Carmelo helps Griffin work on step-back jumper

Jul 11, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

This is why guys come back from things like the Olympics as better players.

Blake Griffin needs to work on his perimeter shot, it’s gotten a little better but it’s not a threat teams have to respect yet. Part of hitting that shot is making sure you have space to get your shot off on the wing. And Carmelo Anthony is one of the best at creating just enough space to get his shot off (he doesn’t fear taking the contested jumper, either).

Interesting little video from Team USA practice of Anthony talking to Griffin about how to do a little step back.

  1. thraiderskin - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    that’s pretty damn cool.

  2. birdgang - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    People can say what they want about Blake, but if he develops a solid mid range game as well as getting better with his back to basket. He will be a dominant unstoppable force in this league. The kid is a freak of nature as it is. If he puts in the hard work and doesn’t become content with his new max deal he can go down (I know it’s is a little early and a lot of ifs) he could find himself in the top 50 club when it’s all over.

    • baron30 - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      he will be an insanely athletic Mailman if he starts knocking done the 15ft jumper…especially on the pick and roll w/ CP3

    • cmehustle - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:02 AM

      The problem is by the time it takes guys to learn all that is when there athleticism starts to dwindle. See Malone, Karl; Stoudamire, Amare; Duncan, Tim; Kemp, Shawn among others

  3. xelcid - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Smart of Griffin to do this with a prolific scorer like Anthony. If Griffin adds this to his arsenal, man oh man would it be extremely difficult to guard him. Chris Paul was doing some one-on-one sessions with Kyrie Irving a couple days ago as well. Why would any player turn down the option to be surrounded by the best players in the league is beyond me. It would have been great if Lin stayed on the Select team and competed against Paul, Williams, and Westbrook on a daily basis.

  4. gmen4life33 - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Melo’s jumpers are so pretty. He just has to remember to keep defenses honest by driving early and often to set up those jumpers. A slimmer, quicker Melo attacking the rim? What they gonna do with you Melo

  5. cantonbound13 - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Only if Wade was there to teach him how to flop & complain.

  6. connaniii - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    I believe only Paul Pierce has a better step-back jump shot…which is a lot less dificult to accopmplish than a true fade away jump shot!

  7. rtfinch - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    When they’re that big and that athletic the last thing you want them to do is fade away.

  8. skinsfanwill - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Who is gonna help him with his free throws? He should be shooting 1000 per day before he works on a step back jumper.

  9. qdog112 - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Perhaps he should learn a straight up jumper first. Mastering a step back shot makes no sense without the “base” shot being locked. Besides, a step-back or fade away is for people who need it. If he can out jump defenders, there’s not reason to step-back.

    Start with the basics.

    • cmehustle - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:05 AM

      Its more flashy to just skip the fundamentals. Almost like riding a bike, of course you want to immediately learn how to speed and do wheeleys.

  10. myguy317 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Melo is a pros pro , and he has been since Syracuse …

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