Advertisement
Share

DeAndre Jordan shoots 100 free throws after each practice

Clippers center DeAndre Jordan tries to block a shot by Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried during a game at Staples Center in April.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Even though DeAndre Jordan is a talented and athletic center, in the fourth quarter he often becomes a liability because of his poor free throw shooting.

The 6-foot-11 center has averaged 42.5% from the free-throw line over his last six seasons with the Clippers. Last year, he shot 42.8% from the charity stripe.

He’s trying to turn that around.

After each practice, Jordan has started shooting 100 free throws before he leaves the gym. He said he doesn’t concentrate on how many he misses or makes.

Advertisement

“Just focusing on shooting the ball the same way every time and keeping my routine the same,” he said.

Jordan said he’s not sure how long he stays at the Clippers’ practice facility after hours, but he said he has a special gauge that he uses.

“There are some days that I look up and there’s nobody else in here, and that’s a bad day,” Jordan said. “If Reggie [Bullock] and Jared [Cunningham] and CJ [Wilcox] are still working out, then that’s a good day.”

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he’s not too concerned about Jordan’s free-throw shooting.

“I don’t even focus on it, honestly,” Rivers said. “That’s one area I don’t make comments about a lot. He’s putting in all the time that he has to put in, and if they go in, great. If they don’t go in, we’ll still figure out a way of winning. I always use Wilt Chamberlain, Shaq [O’Neal], Bill Russell -- they’ve all done a lot of winning and all were poor free-throw shooters. So it’s proven you can win with a bad free-throw shooter.”

Rebounding, however, is a different beast. Rivers said Wednesday that if the Clippers want to contend for a championship, they need to become a great rebounding team.

That’s where Jordan excels. He led the league in rebounding last season, averaging 13.6 a game. But his success has also been a bit of a problem for the Clippers because, as Rivers pointed out, his teammates often assume that he’s going to grab the board and, therefore, don’t get into position themselves, which has led the Clippers to be a middle-of-the-rung rebounding club, ranking 13th overall last season.

“It’s not a one-person job, it’s everybody,” Jordan said. It’s all the bigs, it’s the forwards, it’s the guards -- rebounding is a team effort, especially on the defensive end.”

The Clippers have been outrebounded in each of their three preseason games. In their first preseason game against the Warriors, the Clippers were outrebounded, 44-37. Against the Trail Blazers, they were outrebounded, 49-35. And against the Jazz, they were outrebounded, 55-32.

“We’ve got to do a better job at fighting for positioning and pushing guys out,” Jordan said. “But like Doc always says, I’m the last line, so if it gets past Chris [Paul], if it gets past CDR [Chris Douglas-Roberts], then I have to come and clean things up, or at least alter the shot.”


Advertisement