AT&T CENTER – The PUJIT: Pull Up Jumper In Transition.
If there’s one shot some of the most daring shooters in basketball take, it’s the PUJIT. To be in full transition on a fast break and then just pull up for a jumper in less than a second, is a shot many wouldn’t take, but there are some skilled shooters who can shoot the shot at a trustworthy percentage.
Last season and in his time with the San Antonio Spurs, former guard Gary Neal had the PUJIT in his arsenal. Neal, along with Manu Ginobili, were players coached by Gregg Popovich who had the go-ahead to shoot the PUJIT if the opportunity arose.
With Neal leaving the Spurs this past summer for Milwaukee, Popovich granted access to two current Spurs to shoot the PUJIT – Danny Green and Patty Mills.
“It’s the first time I’ve gotten the green light to be able to do it, or allowed to do it this season,” said Green of being able to shoot the PUJIT this season more freely.
“I honestly don’t know,” said Green when asked if he could recall when he first started shooting the PUJIT.
“Rarely, from time to time,” said Green of shooting the PUJIT when he was in college at North Carolina.
“Here, a decent amount,” said Green of shooting the shot before this season.
Though Chip Engelland is the Spurs’ famed shooting coach, Green says the coach who works with him on the shot is Chad Forcier. “Chad is my guy (on that one),” said Green. “We do work on it.”
“The first time I got the green light that it was ok to do it, was right before the All-Star break, during the Rodeo Road Trip,” said Green.
Asked if Neal had permission to shoot the PUJIT, Green thought he did.
“Yes,” said Green of Neal, “I think he had the freedom to do it. This year, I think me and Patty.”
“We practice those shots,” said Green of he and Mills, “we’re pretty decent at them. So if we see daylight or we’re open, they want us to shoot it, to put pressure on the defense, on teams, to catch them off-guard.”