CHARLESTON, S.C. — Quentin Grimes added a second former NBA participant to his checklist of offseason trainers.
Now he’s coming into 12 months 3 with a need to extend his duties on offense, believing a inexperienced mild from Tom Thibodeau will assist increase his repute from only a 3-and-D wing.
“I really feel like everyone is aware of me as a shooter and a defender. So I’m all the time bettering on that — capturing the ball on the highest degree, defending on the highest degree. However now it’s simply getting extra comfy with the ball, making performs for myself, my teammates,” Grimes stated at coaching camp Wednesday. “I see a learn, I do know that my teammates and my coaches have given me the belief to go on the market this yr and make the best play.”
Grimes performed his annual exercise with former All-Star Penny Hardaway in the summertime, saying it lasted about 10 days.
Extra lately, he took classes from JJ Redick, the previous sharpshooter and present ESPN analyst.
The concept spawned from a dialog with Thibodeau and assistant coach Darren Erman, with Grimes understanding that Redick was all the time adept at the kind of performs that might be designed for the Knicks guard.
“I do know JJ Redick was probably the greatest shooters ever on this league. His conditioning was otherworldly, stuff like that. So I simply tried to get within the fitness center with him, be taught little issues, how he would come off screens, pin downs, as a result of I knew that will be a few of the performs that had been going to be run for me this season,” Grimes stated. “So hopefully I’ll be ready for them once I get my quantity referred to as.”
Nonetheless, Grimes needs to do greater than catch-and-shoot.
He envisions dribbling and playmaking this season, even when these alternatives are uncommon in a lineup with Jalen Brunson, RJ Barrett and Julius Randle.
“I really feel prefer it’s an excellent factor and a foul factor [that other members in the lineup are ball-dominant],” Grimes stated. “It’s an excellent factor for me as a result of I can house the ground, create driving lanes for RJ, whoever has the ball. However like I stated, Thibs and [the assistant coaches], we had conversations this season like if I acquired the ball on the market and I could make a play, go make a play.
“I’ve the liberty on the market to do what I do.He tells me if I’ve a shot, shoot it. So if any shot seems to be good to me, I’m gonna let it go. So I really feel prefer it’s probably not a matter of who has the ball, who doesn’t have the ball.”
On offense, Grimes spent most of final season hanging out on the perimeter. He averaged simply 1.89 seconds with the ball per contact, and 1.1 dribbles per contact. By comparability, Brunson averaged, per contact, greater than six seconds and 5.65 dribbles.
Grimes thinks his time with the rock will change.
“Simply getting again to having the ball, like in highschool,” he stated.
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