Corey Brewer has always remained loyal to his roots. When he left Tennessee to star at Florida and help the Gators capture back-to-back national titles, in 2006 and 2007, he remained in close touch with those he left behind in Portland, Tenn. Chief among them was Portland High basketball coach Tris Kingston, and the duo remained in close contact throughout Brewer’s early years in the NBA.
Now in Houston, Brewer started the 2016 season with something off in his shooting motion. His performances cratered in late October, with his shooting percentage dropping to around 20 percent. It was a low point for the ever-confident Brewer, but luckily he knew right where to go to get back on track: As reported by the Houston Chronicle, he brought in Kingston and asked him to help work on his shot.
According to Brewer, that made all the difference. The guard surged to a shooting percentage of near 70 percent and the former Gator has been quick to credit Kingston with the turnaround.
“I brought him in,” Brewer told the Chronicle. “He basically created my shot, taught me how to shoot. That’s where it all started. He changed the way I positioned the ball and my elbow, went back to when I started shooting. That’s my guy.”
Were all players to have a ready-made solution so easily at hand, the NBA would be a much better-shooting and higher scoring league.