"You want to win, you don't wanna go home so for me I need to find a way to relax. I know I can shoot the ball. I'm putting a little too much pressure on it, and I need to look at my mechanics, maybe there could be something there too."
Sometimes, you think about it too much. Jon's greatest shot of the last few weeks -- the turn-around bang-bang at the end of the GT ACCT game -- was pure instinct.
I trust that he'll right the shooting, and again note that he is providing great defense and great vocal leadership. I want him on the floor, regardless of how he's shooting.
JJ went through slumps, Trajan went through slumps. They come, they go. Jon will be fine, and when he has that break-out game it will be lights out. So keep on shooting, Jon, and know that you have a great team that has your back.
I saw in the ACCT that he was taking much longer to shoot than he had all season and now in the NCAA's he is getting very frustrated when he misses. I remember against Ark-PB, Coach Collins talking to him and you could just see the frustration on Jon's face.
I think the frustration comes from him wanting to win and help the team so badly that when he doesn't perform well he starts feeling it is his fault if the team loses. He needs to realize that if your shot isn't falling it doesn't mean you aren't helping the team it means you should focus that much harder on playing D, finding other people (assists), and hustling so that the lack of points from you is made up for with other tangibles and intangibles.
I think he is doing just that and focusing on other area's of his game when the shots aren't falling but the frustration is not going away.
As I tell my Qigong and Ancient Awareness Skills students--sometimes you have to lose your mind and come to your senses!
you're all wrong!
obviously it's tired legs and k overplaying his starters.......pause......not
things to do this weekend:
1) watch duke
2) chip in to iron dukes for the average cost of one cleaning bill for "gatorade stain removal"
Well here's another situation where the odd depth perception/sightlines in the Houston facility could be a wildcard. Is it going to further mess with his head, or will the new environment help him break out of the funk?
Or is that concept entirely overrated? Most teams seem to adapt perfectly well to these football venues.
Thus spake KyDevilinIL_inKyagain
Although, counter argument: Now that Jon has passed 2,000, the counter mojo issue is gone. Smooth sailing from here on out (knock on wood).
Andre Dawkins -- 2011 Final Four MOP
I've read and heard so much about basketball in the past week that I can't say where I heard or read it in the last day but someone asked Jon pointedly where his shot was. He answered , "It's in Houston." then, "I'll get it back in Durham and it'll be in Houston." Damn straight.
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Jon is a thoughtful, sensitive guy...no, really he is, and that's a good thing in most aspects of life. It's even good for some things in basketball---studying the game, valuing the team concept, etc.
But for pure shooting, it's probably better to be a no-conscience gunner, who knows the next shot is going in even if he just missed 10 of them. Jon had some open looks on Sunday where he had plenty of time...maybe too much time to think about the shot.
If this slump doesn't work itself out, maybe it would be better to run him off some screens and curls so he has to put up a quick shot (and not over-think things)?
It's a tribute to Jon that he continues to play the other aspects of the game in a superb fashion while struggling with his shot.
There was a play early in the game yesterday (about halfway through the first half) where Jon caught the ball near the top of the key and was wide open. He hesitated and then took the shot, which he missed. That hesitation was clear evidence of this problem. Jon, just pull the trigger in rhythm, man.
it's been a long time since he's shot the ball well. this rules out tired legs (his legs haven't been tired since january right?). it could be mental. or it could be mechanics. something is weird about his mechanics to begin with...hence the ball spinning sort of sideways upon release. if zoubek and the plumlees and thomas continue to pick up the slack, the most important thing is for jon just to keep putting up quality minutes in all other respects, as several of you have pointed out already. i love that we barely turn the ball over and a lot of that credit has to go to jon.
from an optimistic perspective, the fact that jon isn't shooting well could be a blessing in disguise. creating more opportunities for others to shine. providing a better experience and more confidence to other players. and then if in houston jon figures out how to score again, it's like going from from the cold pool at the water park to the warm pool. it's gonna feel great.
I think Jon should start driving to the hoop more and taking some shots closer in. He is very capable of scoring points this way and it could go a long way in restoring his confidence....if that is really the issue.
Not really true,his dribble drive from the baseline was an airball against Cal. He misses more than he makes in his drives. Nolan is the star of the dribble drive. Its not Jon's back its not fatigue. He is missing his shots period. He needs to work on it between now and Friday.
I agree there's a lot of value for a slumping player to see the ball go through the hoop, but at least in the past month and a half, taking close-in shots doesn't appear to be an effective way for Jon to accomplish that.
Jon needs to breathe out of his eyelids like the lava lizards of the Galapagos Islands.
That, or just watch some silly movie before the game to relax.