Originally Posted by Uwe Blab
He wouldn't win, but he wouldn't embarrass himself. It's not like the traditional shooters aren't doing set shots either. Once they get to the rack, they are shooting set shots, just grabbing the ball from the rack and shooting in rhythm, just like getting a good pass in a game. Bonner's release takes milliseconds longer and it would keep him from finishing all the racks, but I think it would be a good showing. Larry Bird's shot was slightly different but that didn't slow him down (not comparing the two, aw who am I kidding, Bonner's a Bird clone!).
that's in a game though. the pass has to be on point for him to catch then release with a slower mechanism. now you're talking about running to a rack, grabbing a ball on the side, positioning his feet, then positioning his arms in the motion (low close to his face), then releasing and doing that over. a traditional motion is overhead and guys usually keep their feet set throughout (right handers keep their right foot in place) and launching a higher percentage shot.
better way to explain it is like this: guys who enter the contest can run to the ball during a game and catch and shoot because the motion allows them too. Bonner absolutely can't come close to that and that's something the players do during the contest.