We're very privileged to have Coach Doc Scheppler, Jeremy' shooting coach, give
us some first hand insights on the Knicks and Jeremy Lin:
After beating Toronto 106-87 (18 pts, 10 assists, 6-10 fg-a, 2-3 3pm-a, 4-4 ftm-a), then @ Phili 82-79 (16 points in 4th, 10-10 ftm-a), here are Doc's takes:
"Very impressed with Jeremy's on ball defense the last 2 games. He's
very motivated to become a great all-around player and that means
having the focus and intensity to contain his opponents dribble
penetration. What's different about his background as compared to
some of his teammates is that he has a strong foundation in the
principles of being a capable defensive player..
There are 3 major criteria for being a great defensive player. 1)
Athleticism- Quickness,1st step explosion and the ability to change
directions quickly and reactively are attributes that put athletes in
a position to become great defensive players.....
However.......sometimes players that have this only utilize these
abilities on the offensive end.... which leads to ...2) Mastery of
defensive principles.... When you develop an individual defender you
drill them on making action/reaction decisions based on cues...Much like
hitting a ball and running to first is a baseball reaction learned at
an embryonic stage,,, so are defensive reactions to defending someone
with the ball..On a shot ....bother the shooter and check off... if
they drive... contain it... dead dribble harassment...on a pass...
jump towards the ball. These reactions become instinctive like
running to first after you hit the ball...The reactions away from the
ball are also developed... either helping or denying...
Jeremy had great developmental coaching in his jr high, high school,
and college experience that are a major reason why he can be a great
defender at the highest level. 3) The focus and intensity of which a
player plays at is the last factor that completes a player at the
defensive end..This urgency, intensity, "motor", "plays hard", takes
an aggression (By definition, a disposition to dominate...)
When the Heat smacked the Knicks before the All Star break you saw a
great team of athletes playing with intensity and playing with great
principles....Possessing those 3 criteria are going to make them
difficult to beat.
I see a focused effort by the Knicks at the defensive end that will
improve with more focus and with more time together.. A lot of these
players have never been great individual or team defenders because
they didn't have a strong foundation of principles or have any desire
to excel at that end. i think Coach Wooodson, with his strong
fundamental background playing for Coach Knight is bringing that to
Although jeremy struggled with his outside shooting last night, he
still showed why hes a special player. He LOVES to win, and embraces
the moment where he needs to make the winning plays. The beauty of
his belief in himself was so evident last night...after struggling for
3 quarters.... He's so tough mentally . 16 points in the 4th quarter
and draining all of his free throws in "end of game" situations...
His shooting will go through times of inconsistency because of not
keeping his arc tight and controlled...He will drift back a little on
his shot in certain situations as well, but he knows his shot and is a
great learner who can self correct on off days to put him back
inrhythm..Thats part of the beauty of Jeremy as an athlete.. In a
change of possession last night , he gathered the ball and showed
himself his release in the middle of the game at the opponents basket
before giving the ball to ref prior to inbounding.
He's starting to incorporate different finishes in his repertoire,...
floaters, runners, up and unders,step throughs. this will add to his
effectiveness and decrease the charges and PROTECT him from getting
He's 23 years old and theres a huge upside to his improvement and
theres nobody more motivated to get better than Jeremy. Hes a humble
learner who listens and accepts feedback better than anyone. I'd like
to see him have a better shooter's mindset away from the
ball...constantly moving into passing "windows" with the ball.....with
the "plan" to catch and shoot... He catches the ball and it's like hes
saying hmmmmmm let me see if I'm open... then he shoots... Got to be
no doubt....This "plan" will speed his feet up and make his shot more
rhythmical and polished... I saw it everyday in workouts over the
summer.... but it's just another thing to continually get better at
and make it a part of who he is...and he will.... very motivated!
Cant wait to watch the next game...."Next one's in"!!!!!!!!!!!!!