Bulls post practice notes from the first two-a-day

Last night I attended the evening two-a-day practice.  Much like media day, rookie mistakes were made.   I assumed that I'd be able to watch practice, but that's not really the case.  As such I showed up two hours early and sat in the waiting room pacing for much of that time.   As such, I can't give you the inside scoop of what happened during practice, but I still do have some interesting notes about what happened after it.
After practice was over, three Bulls players (not counting the
non-guaranteed guys) stayed to do extra shooting.  Care to guess who
they were?   Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Jannero Pargo.   
Interestingly enough, the two Bulls whom most people feel are our
"future" players were there.

Derrick stayed to shoot threes.  I'd
say he was shooting about 50%-60% from the three point line though bare in mind he's
shooting uncontested wide open shots over and over from the same spots,
so I'm not sure what the percentage means.   I've been told Kirk shoots
an insanely high percentage (80% or so) under those circumstances.  

looked especially good on the shorter three from the corner, and his shot
looked like it had more arc on it than last year, though it could just
be that I was watching it from the floor level rather than the TV

His form also looked smooth and consistent without the
inconsistencies he had in college though those were probably worked out during the season last year, it's just I never spent much time analyzing his form during the season, because an opportunity to watch him shoot jumper after jumper never came up.

One interesting note is
every time he'd switch positions, the guy rebounding for him would say
"Game Winner!" or "This one's for the game!" on the final shot from the last position.   Derrick Rose didn't
miss any game winners while I was watching. 

Bulls Confidential, where over analyzing ten minutes of Derrick Rose shooting threes happens.

was working on a variety of post moves.  First, he started with deep
post position with the ball and shoot baby hooks over his defender over
and over.   He looked successful scoring over and over in this fashion,
but much like Rose shooting open threes, the actual success isn't so
important as the fact that he's just taking the reps, gaining
confidence to go to that move without hesitation.

After doing
post ups for awhile, he switched to getting the ball in a mid post
rather than the deep post and then spinning into a face up position and
immediately shooting a 10 foot jumper.   I'd say he hit about 60%-70%
of those shots, and he looked pretty comfortable with it.  

tornado release is still there, which means he'd only be able to shoot
the shot if he was unguarded in the mid post.  If a defender is on him
then his low release point would make him a prime target to getting
blocked.   Of course, Noah's defender will be playing the drive rather
than the shot, so if he incorporates in a dribble to set up a fake then
he should be able to get that shot.

Afterwards, Noah shot free throws for awhile, and he didn't miss one while I was watching.  By the time I left, Rose and Pargo had left the court   Noah was still working when I went home.

The other important note here is that everyone was made it through the two-a-day, Luol Deng was looking happy and healthy walking off the court.


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  • So James Johnson DIDN'T do extra shooting. Call me a pessimist.

  • A good rule of thumb for threes I heard once is you take the percentage a guy shoots unguarded in the gym, halve that and you get an approximation of what they should shoot, percentage-wise, in games. So Kirk always being around 40% from three, those numbers make sense, and if Derrick translates that makes him a low 30s guy.

  • Good to know that Steve Kerr shoots 105% from 3, unguarded.

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