SYRACUSE, NY The word "free" means a lot to Jim Lee. When it comes to basketball, the author of "Fifteen Feet for Free" says if something is free, you have to take advantage of it.
During the 1972-73 season at Syracuse University, Lee ranked fifth in the nation in free throw shooting. As a senior, he ranked sixth in the country.
That same year, Lee helped Syracuse to the 1975 Final Four. He held the Syracuse record for highest free-throw shooting percentage (88.6 percent) for 30 years until Gerry McNamara broke it in 2003.
Whether you are a coach or a player, in grade school or college, the fundamental instruction in "Fifteen Feet For Free" can easily improve a player's free throw percentage. It includes tips from some of the best free throw shooters ever - and is simplistic and easy to understand.
"Fifteen Feet for Free" outlines Lee's philosophy on the art of free throw shooting. He stresses the need for an established routine at the line. He provides a shooting chart so that players can track their practice and their progress.
But Lee doesn't just offer his own advice. He enlisted the help from more than a dozen players including John Havlicek to John Stockton.
"There are not many books on the market relating to foul shooting," Lee said. "You must develop a routine or process to be a good free throw shooter."
Lee dedicates the book to his late father, Harold "Snook" Lee. In 1945, a U.S. destroyer crashed into the Coast Guard ship that Harold Lee was serving on. Lee lost both of his legs.
Fifty percent of the book's proceeds will be donated to disabled veterans and the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities program.