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“The Reverse Mikan Drill”

Posted by Steve Bzomowski on February 12, 2006

It being the birth date of our tallest president, we think of four score and seven not as a number of years, but the potential number of points that our gangly #16, the 6’6” orator, could have picked up in the post had he practiced this move. Part of the success of playing in the post is practicing a variety of ways of finishing shots from a host of angles. The Reverse Mikan teaches you to put the ball in the basket when approaching from behind the backboard, that slim four foot area between the hoop (backboard) and the baseline. Start with your back to the baseline directly behind the rim, take a step with your left foot angling out to your right and spin the ball (slightly) off the backboard finishing with your right hand pinky in the air pointing up. Take the ball out of the net, step with your right foot angling out to the left and spin the ball with your left hand, shooting again with a slight spin, pinky pointing up. Again off the backboard. Shot five score, try to make, oh, eighty-seven.

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