Landry Fields’ pregame shooting routine
He opens with short baseline jumpers from the right side, launching them from in front of the Knicks bench as assistant coach Dan D’Antoni, coach Mike D’Antoni’s brother, feeds him passes. The only other Knick on the court is Timofey Mozgov, working with assistant coach Phil Weber. And the Knicks City Dancers also are practicing.
Soon, Shawne Williams will emerge onto the floor, along with assistant coach Herb Williams. They’re all getting early work. Tip-off against the Hawks is not until 7:30. When Fields was at Stanford, he wasn’t showing up three hours before the game, as he did Wednesday. At Stanford, it was more like 90 minutes before. Maybe 75.
“I’d just get dressed, go out on the court and shoot a little bit, stretch, the coaches would talk,” he says. “By that time, it’s like 30 minutes left.”
Fields is shooting better from 3-point range in the pros (40 percent) than he did any year in college at the shorter distance. Now he backs up, shooting 3-pointers from the right corner. Then he moves over to just beyond the elbow’s orange paint, hoisting short jumpers. He backs up farther there, too, putting up 3s from the wing. Fields essentially is playing the old game Around The World, shooting from all over.
Fields doesn’t have a set number of shots he takes from each spot. “It’s once I feel comfortable,” he says.
Straightaway shots are next. Then the left wing in front of celebrity row. Then the left baseline. As he is shooting, the Knicks’ pregame video intro plays on the scoreboard, the one that ends with Amar’e Stoudemire screaming “Now!” Then the video ends. And it’s quiet.
Fields takes jumpers now as if he’s coming off a curl. Then D’Antoni wants him to go “up and down,” so he shoots a corner 3, then moves to a wing 3. Now he’s catching the ball, taking one dribble, moving up and shooting from the left side and the top of the key. Then the right wing. Right corner. He cracks up when the “Soul Glo” bit from the movie “Coming to America” is played on the scoreboard.
Now Fields is working with Dan D’Antoni, who is being physical while guarding the 23-year-old. D’Antoni is banging Fields, forcing him to dribble away and shoot. Fields then practices driving baseline jumpers. He takes a step-back 3. He does pull-ups. He does crossovers. It’s 5:12, and it looks as if Fields is sweating. He goes back to taking shots from the right side. Then it’s free throws, which he does by himself. He works on driving layups.
“[The routine] might get toned down a little bit on back-to-backs,” he says. “But what I just went through right there is the full one.””