Jamison was the National College Player of the Year in 1998 for the Tar Heels

Antawn Jamison was taking stock of his career prospects. At 6-foot-9 he hadn’t fit as a small forward, he wasn’t great at being a perimeter player and a third coach’s suggestion of being a flasher didn’t really work out.

I realized the only way I was going to be successful and have longevity at all was I had to be able to learn how to shoot the 3-point shot,” he said. “I remember my rookie year was the lockout and we missed half the season, we played like 50 games in almost 3 months, it was a lot of games but not a lot of time for learning or growth or whatever.

“And I remember going home a week after the season and I put in time with my family and then after that for the whole summer I was at Golden State just trying to perfect being a decent shooter.”

He went to the gym twice a day during the summer and worked on his agility, his strength, and took shot after shot after shot.

It was thousands of shots a day. You start off catch and shoot, you got to make a certain amount of shots from a certain amount of spots,” he said. “Then it became being able to catch and take a couple of dribbles and then shoot off the dribble. But it was shot after shot after shot. That was the only way that you could become decent or be a great shooter. You have to put the work in.”

During his 16 year career, Jamison was a two-time All-Star and won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2004

He also worked out with John Starks, Gilbert Arenas and, later in his career, Steph Curry and mimicked exactly what they did.

And I’m not talking about going in there for 45 minutes,” he said. “I’m talking we’re in there for 2-3 hours at a time, doing pick-and-rolls, catch and shoot, learning how to get your footwork after you set a pick, getting to the point where you can catch that ball quickly and put it up and do it on a consistent basis time and time again.”

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