Center of attention: Bucks’ Brook Lopez lights out from 3

first_img“You talk to old coaches, old teammates, front-office people that have been around Brook, you almost have to ask him to get off the court” in practice, Budenholzer said.Appropriately, Lopez took some extra time after practice, shooting 3s with guards Tony Snell and Pat Connaughton before finally wrapping up.“So the way that he’s grown his game and become just a really effective 3-point shooter, a really effective player, that takes work,” Budenholzer said. “And I think we’re all reaping the benefit of that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Entering the Bucks’ game on Wednesday night against Memphis, Lopez was tied for seventh in the league in made 3s (39) and was 14th in attempts (93), shooting 41.9 percent from behind the arc.A career 34 3-pooint shooter, Lopez said he had hoped coming into his first season in Milwaukee was to eclipse 40 percent.“Not necessarily that I’m going in worrying about makes or misses, but that’s a personal goal,” Lopez said. “You have to go in with a mindset, just if you’re open you’re going to shoot your shot.”It’s a remarkable goal when considering just how far Lopez has come along as a 3-point shooter in such a short period of time.The 11-year veteran spent his first nine NBA seasons with the Nets after being drafted 10th overall in the first round out of Stanford in the 2008 draft. But he didn’t hit his first 3 until Jan. 10, 2015 , when he was 1 for 2 in a 98-93 loss to the Detroit Pistons.ADVERTISEMENT It was the only 3 he would hit that season. He made just two the following season.The transformation happened before the 2016-17 season, when Kenny Atkinson became head coach after serving as assistant under then-Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer.“At the time, it was kind of the system that we ran in Brooklyn,” Lopez recounted in explaining why he took up the 3. “It was something he wanted to implement, and he had great confidence that I could do it.”Lopez said he was already comfortable hitting mid-range and long jumpers in game situations. Spotting up from behind the arc was something he did in pickup games with friends growing up, but he didn’t have the confidence to shoot 3s in games.So he put in a lot of work on his shot before the 2016-17 season, working out in team drills where they would practice five-out looks. Personal workouts were devoted to shooting 3s.“It was a step just from shooting them, and my practice and workouts, and shooting them in games,” Lopez said. “You just have to confidence to shoot them in games.”Lopez was 3 of 31 combined from 3-point territory over his first eight seasons. He was 134 for 387 (34.6 percent) in 2016-17.Lopez moved on to the Lakers last season, when he was 112 of 325 from 3 (34.5 percent). He’s well on pace to shatter that his career bests in just 13 games with the Bucks .Milwaukee is undergoing its own transformation with Budenholzer now coaching of the team. He has instituted a similar system Taking Milwaukee that stresses proper spacing and taking good shots. If a 3 isn’t there, All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo can be unstoppable driving to the lane.If defenses collapse on Antetokounmpo, he can find open shooters on the perimeter like Lopez. 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(AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — A new nickname for Brook Lopez started floating around Twitter after the Milwaukee Bucks 7-footer had a career night from the 3-point line.“Splash Mountain .” How appropriate for a self-described Disney aficionado who is quickly developing a reputation as one of the best-shooting big men in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img “I’m pretty partial to that honestly,” Lopez said with a laugh about the moniker this week. “I’m a pretty big Disney geek … I wear it with pride on my sleeve.”Keep shooting the way he did on Sunday against the Nuggets and he might challenge the “Splash Brothers” in Golden State for 3-point supremacy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLopez hit a career-best eight 3s and scored 28 points to help the Bucks beat Denver to split a four-game Western Conference road trip.This wasn’t just a one-night-only performance, either. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Srikanth, Prannoy need consistency for medals at Asian Games: Vimal Kumar

first_imgFormer India coach Vimal Kumar is disappointed by Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy’s show at the BWF World Championships 2018 in August and said that they will need better plans if they are to win medals at the upcoming Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia.Asian Games are set to begin in the twin cities of Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 and considering the rankings and quality of Indian players, there are expectations from them.However, just ahead of the Asian Games, Indian male shuttlers did not put a very good account of themselves as only B Sai Praneeth managed to reach the quarter-finals.Srikanth lost in straight games to Malaysia’s Daren Liew while HS Prannoy went down to unheralded Igor Coelho of Brazil to crash out of World Championships in the Round of 16.Also read – Saina Nehwal drops out of top 10, Kidambi Srikanth ranked 8th in BWF rankings”I am really disappointed with Srikanth and Prannoy. They need to find the consistency. You need to play differently when something doesn’t work. They are not being able to do that. Both of them are attacking players and when things go differently, they are not able to cope. That have to make that adjustment,” Vimal Kumar told PTI during an interaction.Ahead of the World Championships, Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei had pulled out of the tournament. Apart from him, even former world No.1 Son Wan Ho also withdrew from the Championships, making Srikanth’s half of the draw relatively simpler.Kumar was unhappy with the fact that Srikanth failed to capitalise on that golden opportunity he got to reach at least the semi-finals of the tournament.advertisement”Srikanth should have capitalised as Chong Wei’s pulling out opened the bottom half of the draw. Liew didn’t have any big result. Sometimes, you can take a game from a top player but he is not of the same level as Prannoy or Srikanth. So it was not a good result for Srikanth,” Kumar assessed.”But anything can happen at the Asian Games, because the top level badminton players play with such indifferent form, no one is playing anything special except Momota.”According to Kumar, the standard of men’s singles at the World Championships was poor and except for world champion Kento Momota of Japan, nobody is bringing anything special to the fore. He went as far as to say that watching men’s singles was “boring”.”Overall, if you look at the standard in men’s singles, there was no one special apart from (Kento) Momota. After Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan, this man is taking badminton to another level. He (Momota) was literally toying with everybody, he is able to play both attacking and defensive and he has good deceptive strokes,” he said.”Otherwise, it was boring to watch men’s singles. There was no constructive rallies, there was no quality matches this time. But definitely, Momota is the most exciting player at the world now. Nobody troubled him. He has the game to dominate the likes of Chong Wei and Lin Dan.”Even as the male shuttlers disappointed, PV Sindhu clinched her second silver at the World Championship after losing another major final to Olympic champion Carolina Marin. Kumar said Sindhu has to quickly recover from the loss to do well at the Asian Games.”It was disappointing and I know it really hurts when you lose at that level. I can put it this way as a coach, she shouldn’t weigh too much into that. She has to get rid of all the negativity, she is still young and she will definitely win the World Championship,” said the two-time former French Open champion.”It comes every year and she will be able to do that. She shouldn’t worry. She needs to be just forget it and now Asian Games is coming back and other girls would be there.”Apart from the loss in final, Kumar felt Sindhu did well and brought different techniques on the court to trump the Japanese duo in the quarter-final and semi-final.”I feel she employed deceptive half smashes, using lot of back of the court drops, straight and cross drops and she was ready for those girls who employ slow drops. She was taking those early and did upset Okuhara and Yamaguchi and I think she did well,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more