NOTHING beats long hours in the gym if you want to improve your shooting.
Take it from NLEX veteran Asi Taulava, who was able to transform himself from a purely post threat into a three-point shooter in his stint with the Road Warriors.
Taulava has emerged as an unlikely outside-shooting threat for NLEX, reinvigorating his PBA career at age 45 and earning a national team call-up for the Asian Games and the Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers.
SPIN.ph recently asked how Taulava about his training regimen and how many shots he takes in practice.
“That’s a secret,” Taulava said. “But you have to put in the long hours for it to start falling. Haven’t been making much right now but sooner or later, it’s going to fall. It’s a matter of keep shooting."
Taulava, a 20-year PBA veteran, said he worked on the switch as the system of NLEX coach Yeng Guiao requires his big men to take outside shots.
“That’s his system. Big man is supposed to be able to knock down the long ball. That way, it keeps the floor open for the guards,” said Taulava.
Taulava said former TNT teammate and now San Miguel Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag has also been instrumental in helping him develop that outside shooting. Alapag has become his de facto shooting coach.
The many-time All-Star also took on a guard mentality to sharpen his shooting.
“(I) hang out with the guards, spend more time with the guards, and less time with the bigs. Got to get back to the basics. Like Jimmy always tell me, just got to walk the talk and shoot it,” said Taulava.