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They’re Called FREEthrows for a Reason

Why is it so difficult for a professional basketball player in the NBA to hit a damn free throw.  It’s 13 feet, 9 inches.  Most casual fans don’t really notice athletes’ FT %.  Most fantasy basketball players do.  I’ll give you an example, I shaq at the free throw line onthebuzzer.comhave the manchild himself Dwight Howard.  He averages a double double, a couple of blocks a game a pretty good field goal percentage and can’t hit a free throw to save his life. On Sunday, Howard went 5-16 from the charity stripe.  That’s right, CHARITY. That means no charge, free.  Don’t worry Howard fans, he’s not alone.  Marcus Camby, Tyson Chandler, Andrew Bynum, Shaq, Ben Wallace are jsut a few other big men that can’t hit the broad side of a barn.  I guess for big men its like throwing a ping pong ball.  But explain to me why small forwards and guards that can nail 3 pointers can consistently hit them?  I’m talking about Shawn Marion @ 68.8%, T-Mac at 70% and Lebron at 72%.  This list excludes many studs and duds.  You want my theory, well I’m gonna give it to you anyway.  It’s a lack of concentration.  That’s the bottom line.  Nobody really cares much for them in the first 3 quarters.  When the game is on the line, then everyone tries to focus.  Remember Shaq back in the day, “I’ll make ’em when they count.” Well, don’t they always count? In an era of the modern day athlete, it’s no wonder that a lot of these guys show up when they want to. Unfortunately for us fans, we don’t know when that time is until after we’ve bought tickets to the game and wasted our $$$.  I know what I want for X-mas, an athlete who cares, ALL THE TIME.  I guy can dream, can’t he???

December 24, 2007 - Posted by | Ara, NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , ,

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