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Shooting from the ground up

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  November 1, 2010 10:18 AM

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I mean if he wants me to get off the floor, I mean I'm coming off the floor

A year ago, when she was picking a part Alex Rodriguez detail by exacting detail, Sports Illustrated's Selena Roberts told one story about how painstaking A-Rod's pregame preparation was. "He practiced throws from every conceivable position, right down to a bare-handed dive for the ball followed by a twist and throw from his knees. 'I'm like, 'Wow, dude, why would you even practice that?' recalls former Rangers teammate Mike Lamb. 'And then, that night, the exact play happens. You watch stuff like that, and it ruins it for us mere mortals.'"

Yesterday, Ray Allen broke out something just as strange. He was going over routes to catch-and-shoots with Delonte West and then decided to take him through a shooting drill. But not just any shooting drill. First, he had West start at a seated position, get up, step back behind the 3-point line and finally shoot. By the time they worked their way around the arc, they were starting from a completely horizontal position on the floor, hopping up and taking jumpers. "It helps you because you have to use your entire body," Allen said.

West didn't argue.

"That's Ray Allen right there," West said. "The best shooter in the history of the game. If he wants to come off the floor and shoot jumpers, I'm following it. That's how that goes. I just got another lesson today. Just when you think you know it all, you learn something different. I just got a 1-on-1 lesson from one of the best shooters in the history of the game. I mean if he wants me to get off the floor, I mean I'm coming off the floor."

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