Canberra Capitals player Jess Bibby works on her shooting technique with David Jones. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
He's a former Harlem Globetrotter whose coaching tweaks helped NBA star Jeremy Lin unleash ''Linsanity'' across the globe.
But it was Canberra Capitals stars Jess Bibby and Isabelle Strunc who received some words of wisdom from US shooting coach David Jones at a clinic at Belconnen on Friday.
Jones helped Chinese star Lin overhaul his jump shot before he exploded onto the scene with a stream of brilliant displays with New York Knicks last year.
Capitals player Isabelle Strunc high fives David Jones. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
''It was exciting for me, knowing I had an impact on a player fulfilling their dreams,'' Jones said.
''His agent brought him to me, I showed him the methods I have of shooting and made a few adjustments.
''When the 'Linsanity' story hit I was invited to all the games on a private jet.
Jeremy Lin. Photo: Adam Hunger
''My daughter's saying 'daddy, we have to buy a jet' and I said 'not in this lifetime.'''
Bibby has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the WNBL's best perimeter shooters, but used the session to fine tune before Saturday's season-opener against Sydney at AIS Arena.
French import Strunc showed she could be a handy addition for the Capitals by impressing Jones. ''For someone like me who's been doing the same thing for a long time, it's good to get someone new to have a look and give a couple of pointers,'' Bibby said.
While the help he gave Lin forged his reputation, Jones still gets a kick out of helping less high profile players through his business Shooting for Success.
''It's very exciting for me to have these girls come in and accept what I'm saying and have an open mind,'' Jones said. ''The main advice was not to change how she shoots her jumper from a three-pointer to a two-pointer. Jess has been around a while and hopefully with the methods … I'm teaching her, maybe she'll add another few years on to her career.''