The Genius Of a Ray Allen Jump Shot: From Hero To Zero

June 9th, 2010 by Rahil Devgan Leave a reply »
Basketball has a few ways to score points. You could take two and a half steps for an easy layup or you could just leap up and dunk the ball in. Alternatively, if you get fouled you could stand stationary at the free throw line and get a point for each shot made. 

The jump shot however, is a completely different concept. To see an adept shooter take a jump shot that hits nothing but net is one of sport's purest motions.

It equates to a tennis player serving ace after ace  in rhythm with minimal effort or a cricketer playing a textbook straight drive past the bowler.

It represents an ephemeral moment when a physical action is transformed into visual poetry and we remind ourselves once again why it is that we watch sport.

But just as it's fair to say that Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O'Neal and other dominant centers didn't possess a jump shot, it's also equally fair to acknowledge that they didn't really need one. If they got double or triple teamed they simply passed the ball out to a jump shooter .

Over the past two decades, we've seen a variety of talented basketball players - some good at exploding and powerin ...

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