Amir Expanding His Repertoire
We've heard Amir Johnson mention his work with assistant coach and Alex English this offseason and on Tuesday, he got a little more specific on his focus while with the Hall Of Famer in East L.A. during the summer.
"Just working on his turnaround jump shot he used to do," said Johnson. "Just keeping the ball up the same time."
While new weapons in his offensive arsenal were part of the plan, building his range was also a priority.
"We always did five shots a spot. Then I'd run full court, come back down, same spot and shoot it and just do it all on five spots on the floor... it was a lot of repetition."
English has been encouraged by what he's seen from the five-year pro.
"He's getting better every day," said English. "The more he plays and the more that he gets a chance to use it in the game, it's going to only build his confidence.
"I hope we can keep him healthy, keep him in the game, because he really worked hard on his perimeter game, as well as, just being more focused on the floor."
English, an eight-time NBA All-Star and the league's 13th all-time leading scorer,
knows a thing or two about adding to his game.
"I remembered when I played, every summer, I would add a different kind of shot or I would get stronger or I would do a little bit more conditioning, so when I came back I had something different to add to my game on the floor and every player should do that," said English.
"That's what Amir did this summer, that's what Reggie (Evans) did this summer and that's going to be a plus for us."
Check out even more video from Tuesday's practice, including David Amber, Rowan Barrett and Sherman Hamilton reflecting back on training camp, Matt Devlin's one-one-ones with Julian Wright and Andrea Bargnani plus Devlin and Jack Armstrong looking ahead to the preseason opener against the Suns (can you say, 'Ball'?).