Posted 14 September 2017
It has been almost exactly one year since I last posted about my ongoing Quixotic quest to develop an outside basketball shot. In the intervening period I have had to deal with chronic pain in both knees.
Fortunately I have gotten significant relief from cortisone shots, but unfortunately the relief is fairly short-lived; I get about 2-3 months of relatively pain-free activity, and then another month or so of increasing pain until I am forced to go back for more drugs. The orthopod tells me that I can continue to do 3-4 shots/year, but eventually I’ll be in the market for new knees.
As it turns out, I have an appointment in about a week to see a joint replacement specialist, and I suspect the result of this visit will be a knee replacement surgery appointment :-(.
In the meantime, I have been making some actual visible progress on developing an outside shot, and just today I hit two 3’s in a 3-on-3 game, one of which was the game winning shot – wowee!!
Here’s a short video showing front and side views of the current shot technique
23 Sept 2017 Update:
Here are a couple more short videos taken on my home b-ball court. My technique is (slowly!) improving, to the point where I hit 22 of 27 foul shots and most of the medium range ones. These videos focus on my release and follow-through, from the side (first video) and then the front/back (second video)