Yep, my vertical went down. One problem in measuring is that the rims at the court are all at different heights. I see where my finger ends up against
the rim and add that number to 120" (10 foot rim) and subtract my reach (96"). The exercises I'm doing are taxing my legs, which is totally
natural. That coupled with measuring on a different (higher) rim throws things off.
My game is getting interesting in certain ways. I played 21 with some guys and totally owned them; 4 people and I won 21 - 4 - 2 - 0. It was my
rebounding and decent shooting. Recently I've always been winning at 21.
But afterwards I played a 3-3 game. My shooting was pretty bad. My friend told me it's been a while since I played because my ace hook shot was
anything but ace. The guy I was covering was a little bit bigger than me but I had the jump over him (literally doing direct lay-ups over him). I got
better as the game went on and I did way better defense than him. He was good, but if I made my hook shots I would've dominated him. W/o that we were
Anyway, so I really need to practice at least twice a week. I've developed a "mental strategy" to shoot my hook shots the same way every time: just
think "center" because when you arc the ball you want it to hit the center space in the rim. I also need to figure out a "trigger word" (a la
) to shoot jump shots consistently with my elbow straight, etc.
Overall, I've found being consistent in your motions for shooting to be the most challenging thing. It's harder than getting 4.0s in school or
understanding math. Quite amazing really. The human body is so hard to control. Okay, enough philosophizing