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Ricky Pierce
Chris Mannix
July 02, 2007
One of the NBA's premier sixth men now provides hands-on instruction in the art of the perfect jumper
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July 02, 2007

Ricky Pierce

One of the NBA's premier sixth men now provides hands-on instruction in the art of the perfect jumper

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Financially secure�when he retired in 1998 after 16 NBA seasons with eight teams, 6' 4" swingman Ricky Pierce did what many 39-year-olds would love to do: He played golf and tennis; he rode his five horses on his 10-acre ranch in Sugar Land, Texas; and he spent time with his family--wife, Joyce, a former member of the R&B group the Fifth Dimension, and their three children. When Pierce went to the YMCA to watch his son Aaron play hoops, he also gave advice to parents eager to teach their kids the art of the jump shot. The player known as Deuces for his uniform number had hit his fair share of twos and threes, averaging 14.9 points on 49.3% shooting for his career.

Pierce came up with the idea for the Accushot22, a specially designed basketball with 10 oval indentations to indicate how and where to place the fingers. "A lot of kids today are shot-putting the ball," says Pierce, 47, the 1990 Sixth Man Award winner with the Bucks. "If you keep your palm off the ball, you get more consistency in your follow-through and are more accurate."

While Pierce runs his company as a for-profit venture--he has a five-man staff and sells the product for $37.95 at Accushot22.com--he also gives away hundreds of the balls to underprivileged children. Each comes with a workbook that emphasizes not just basketball fundamentals but self-motivation as well. "I've found my calling," says Pierce. "I feel like this can help put kids on a pathway of success in life."

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