Plumlee Thinking Less, Playing Better

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- On December 10, 2011, Duke's then-junior forward Mason Plumlee shot 2-for-11 from the foul line in a six-point win over Washington at Madison Square Garden. Foul shooting had always been Plumlee's bugaboo. He worked on it for hours -- "I'm at Duke. They're not just going to let you miss free throws" -- but no matter how hard he huffed, no matter how hard he puffed, he could not blow this problem down.

After returning to Durham, Plumlee had a one-on-one meeting with his coach, Mike Krzyzewski. Instead of giving Plumlee technical advice on his shooting form, Coach K suggested a revision to Plumlee's pre-shot routine. "Coach told me, 'When you get up there, don't dribble. Just take it," Plumlee said. "He told me not to think about a routine. So that...

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