Extraordinary People: ‘The Shot Doctor’ has the cure for players on the court


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — From NBA pros to young rookies, Ernie Hobbie has dedicated his life to helping players on the basketball court.

The Wilmingtonian’s perfect prescription for shooting has earned Hobbie the title of “The Shot Doctor” by sports writers.

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Hobbie has helped hundreds of athletes over the years.

“I tell people if you can count to three, you can shoot,” Hobbie said.

There is a science to what Hobbie teaches players, but he tries to keep it simple.

“Two things: rhythm and stance,” Hobbie said. “If you can get the same routine, so you get muscle memory and repeat the same thing, you don’t even need a ball.

Hobbie has worked his hoops magic with some big names on the court such as Grant Hill, Al Herrington and Mark Price. Price is the all-time record holder for successful foul shots, shooting 90 percent from the line.

“I’ve seen some different shots. My philosophy is if they’re good shooters and they’re successful, I’m not gonna change it,” Hobbie said.

It’s Hobbie’s simple approach to sinking the perfect shot, which includes lessons on gaining fingertip control and backspin, that has the youngest of athletes calling on the 82-year-old Hobbie these days.

Spending 40 years working in Education has given him a special gift of connecting with the kids. But Hobbie says undergoing quadruple bypass heart surgery four years ago is what really pushed him into volunteering his time with the youngsters.

“I said if I recover, I’m going to spend every ounce of my energy working with kids. And that’s what I’ve been doing,” Hobbie said.

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