Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill asked head coach Mike D’Antoni what he needed to do to stay on the court next season. Hill missed games due to back and hip issues but because he wasn’t given a shot at other times. D’Antoni gave him a very specific answer and area of his game to work on in the offseason.
“He talked about what I need to work on for this coming summer,” Hill told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “My jump shot, he definitely wanted me to work on my outside jumper.”
Jordan Hill made 33.3% of his jump shots but was a dominant 64.7% shooting at the rim. He also was sixth in the league in rebounds per 36 minutes.
“That’s mostly what I’ve been focusing on this whole summer, not so much the post work because I know I can go down to the block and easily get an offensive rebound and putback,” said Hill. “We got Pau Gasol that can focus on the paint and we got Chris Kaman that can focus on the block. So, I just want to be a stretch 4. Just try to spread the floor a little bit, just show a little range. I’ve been working on it the whole summer, trying to focus on that, on my 3-ball. It got a lot better. I’m just ready to put it all together and showcase it.”
“I’m just trying to do a variety of stuff that will help me spread the floor and get great shots,” Hill said.