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At 'Shot Lab,' even the world's best improve

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Tampa entrepreneur Marvin Harvey makes an art form, and a living out of shooting a basketball. Specifically, Marvin Harvey teaches others how to successfully and consistently put the ball through the hoop.

The owner/operator of The Shot Lab in Tampa teaches players of all levels the basics for shooting the ball in a straight line, with the proper arc for the distance of the shot.

Tamika Catchings is one of the world's best players. She's won three gold medals as a member of the United States women's Olympic Team, and in 2011 won the WNBA Most Valuable Player award as a member of the Indiana Fever.

Catchings spends her off-season working with Mr.Harvey.

"I think the biggest thing for me is building my confidence with my shot," Tamika says. "Basically breaking my shot all the way down to the beginning, and putting it back together piece by piece. It wasn't an overnight process...it definitely took a lot of time and a lot of hard work by myself and with him (Mr.Harvey)."

Marvin Harvey is the "shot doctor" -- Tamika Catchings calls him "Doc" -- and the Shot Lab is his two-story, full-sized court in the business district off of Henderson Avenue in Tampa. Mr. Harvey has been working with Tamika Catchings for years now, honing and perfecting her craft.

"Here is a player on top of the world, but every year she feels like she wants to get better. A lot of players don't understand that, and that's why a lot of players aren't up where she is," Harvey said.

"Tamika's working on narrowing down, making her shot go in a straight line, so she eliminates the left side of the rim, and the right side of the rim. Now, it becomes about back-spin. How much arc and how much back-spin you put on the ball. If I can be on a basketball court on her level, and only have one adjustment to make, that creates confidence."

Marvin Harvey's Shot Lab is located at 730 South Sterling Avenue in Tampa.

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