Hall Of Fame coach Herb Magee, a “shot doctor” who has mentored Charles Barkley, Jameer Nelson and Sebastian Telfair, among many others, spent part of the offseason working with Philadelphia 76ers wing Evan Turner. “Turner has improved. He’s learning how to play through a couple missed shots. He’s willing to listen, a terrific, bright young man,” Magee said during a phone interview on Wednesday.
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When the Sixers drafted Evan Turner with the No. 2 pick last June, they took a player who, in college, could get wherever he wanted with the ball in his hands. Problem was, the Sixers wanted him to play shooting guard. Problem is, Turner just isn’t a good enough shooter to be a starting “two” in the NBA. Not yet. Enter Herb Magee. Magee, of course, is the legendary coach at Philadelphia University who has amassed 922 wins in his 44-year career there. As a player, he was for years the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,235 points. If there is one area of expertise in Magee’s vast basketball knowledge, it is shooting. He has wowed at camps for years and years, made videos and taught many NBA players the art.
Coach Doug Collins has known Magee since his playing days, starting in the early 1970s. Seeking Magee’s help was a no-brainer. “I’ve known coach Magee for so long and know what kind of a great teacher he is, especially when it comes to shooting,” Collins said. “The thing is, if the two of them can get into the gym together and coach Magee can see how Evan shoots and what corrections can be made, it’s a win-win situation. “It’s so good to have someone who is in the area that can be such great help. With coach Magee being in the area, there’s a chance that he’ll be able to see Evan after they’ve had their time together and get word to him one way or the other if need be. When you have a resource like coach Magee in the area, I think you’d be pretty stupid not to use him.”
“The good thing about all of this is that it sounds like it’s something he really wants to do. That’s the most important thing. We will be successful.” Magee doesn’t lack confidence, nor should he. Ask him how many foul shots he’d hit right now if you gave him 10 and he doesn’t hesitate in saying he’d make them all. He’s not joking. As for Turner, he didn’t really know much about Magee, but is excited to learn. “I’ve heard that he is the shooting professor, a guru,” Turner said. “I know that I have a little hitch in my shot, but it’s something that can be corrected, and I’m going to learn from one of the best. Anything I can do to help my game, I’m for it.”