How Jeremy Lin Upped His Game: Shooting for Success.
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Before there was Linsanity and multi-million dollar endorsement opportunities and world-wide fame, Jeremy Lin was a ballplayer with a broken jump shot.
So David Jones fixed it.
Officially, "D.J." is the athletic director and boys and girls basketball coach at Buckner Fanning Christian School. But for nearly a decade he also has set up practice as a shot doctor in suburban San Antonio.
It was a relationship with Lin's agent, Roger Montgomery, that brought Lin to Jones' operating room in 2010, just a short time before the NBA draft.
"I guess like a lot of young players, Jeremy probably came into the gym a little bit skeptical about what he might be able to learn from a 44-year-old guy," Jones recalled. "But when he showed up for the first time we shot 3-pointers from five different positions on the floor, where you couldn't miss two in a row without starting over, and I was always finished long before him. And before we had even gotten that far, I think I impressed him by making 98 free throws in a row."
His own shooting prowess is Jones' calling card for a program called "Shooting for Success," where he combines the basic mechanics of a sound jump shot with fundamental life skills and core values.
Jeremy Lin worked incredibly hard to get where he is.
Yes, he has a lot of natural talent, but what's astounding about him is how hard he practiced to take that talent and make it world-class.