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Solving Dwight Howard's Free Throw Problem


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#21 Batz

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Posted December 02, 2012 - 04:19 PM

because his hands is so big like shaq that's why D12 struggling with the free throw

Nothing to do with hands. He shoots a little more than 80% in practice. It is all mental, whether he is being timid, or just lazy.

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Posted December 02, 2012 - 04:20 PM

Thanks for sharing, that was pretty interesting.

Indeed it was. Extremely knowledgeable man. Glad you enjoyed.

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Posted December 02, 2012 - 04:21 PM

Just put a giant picture of a uterus behind the backboard

He seemingly hasn't missed yet
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Posted December 02, 2012 - 04:26 PM

Dwight's hands are much bigger than their hands.

because his hands is so big like shaq that's why D12 struggling with the free throw


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Posted December 02, 2012 - 06:36 PM

Ricardo Barry begs to differ:

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I am aware of Mr. Barry but I do not think it will happen in this era is what I mean.

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Posted December 02, 2012 - 11:32 PM

Thats a very dumb rule.


Yeah and i think they should name it the Howard rule, lol.


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Posted December 03, 2012 - 01:58 AM

He has to work mentally and with his shot mechanics. But I'm not expecting big improvements.
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Posted December 03, 2012 - 04:33 AM

Dwight makes most of his free throws in practice so it seems like a mental thing. It wouldn't hurt to try a sports psychologist, it's worked for Ron.



what????? Ron was a WAY better player before he got on his meds

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Posted December 03, 2012 - 04:35 AM

i think chuck person should stop coaching Dwight with his free throws....he's been way worse this year since chuck started to "help" him

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Posted December 03, 2012 - 05:33 AM

They need to hire a sports psychologist as well as a good FT-trainer. If Dwight could just bump his FT% to 60, it would make a big difference.

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Posted December 03, 2012 - 06:48 AM

if Shaq or D12 had just shot their FT's underhanded like Rick Berry did they could both easily have increased their FT% into the 70%. range. I think they dont do it because its bad PR or something. But winning games isnt bad PR.

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Posted December 03, 2012 - 07:11 AM

Even Hanamichi can convert FTs Barry style, Dwight should be able to do it.

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Posted December 03, 2012 - 07:30 AM

Dwight makes most of his free throws in practice so it seems like a mental thing. It wouldn't hurt to try a sports psychologist, it's worked for Ron.

Bill/Stu made a good point yesterday about Dwight's FTs in practice. He shoots a bunch consecutively which allows him to get into a rhythm. Whereas In game, he shoots at random times. Not sure if there's any merit to that though.

Edited by bobekryant, December 03, 2012 - 07:31 AM.


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Posted December 03, 2012 - 03:25 PM

i say go with my strategy. toss that thing to the rim hope for an offensive rebound :P

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Posted December 03, 2012 - 03:42 PM

It's not solvable. He's been in the league for 8 years I think? I'm pretty sure he's tried everything. There isn't some secret technique that will make him better, he's seen and tried just about everything, had multiple shooting coaches, he's heard it all. Some guys just can't shoot. Rodman, Shaq, Ben Wallace, etc. Dwight is just one of those guys, he'll never be a plus-60% shooter from the line. He just needs to stay focused and try to stay relaxed. If it goes in it goes it, if not, try to grab the board and move on.

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Posted December 03, 2012 - 04:38 PM

what????? Ron was a WAY better player before he got on his meds

I'm pretty sure that had to do with him being much younger. Also, Dwight doesn't need medication. He needs a specialist to help him change his view on things. Instead of viewing the Hack-a-Dwight as a problem, he should view it as an opportunity to make his opponent pay, something Kobe actually mentioned post-game.

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Posted December 07, 2012 - 12:25 PM

Steve Nash to the rescue!

OKLAHOMA CITY – Long after the balls stopped bouncing and the shoes stopped squeaking, Lakers center Dwight Howard stayed in one place that has haunted him for most of his eight-year career.

The free throw line.

Howard stayed there following morning shootaround Friday hoping the extra work could improve his career-low 46.9 percent mark when the Lakers (9-10) visit the West’s top-ranked Thunder (15-4). Lakers guard Steve Nash joined him, a welcome development considering he’s shot 90.4 percent from the line during his 17-year career. Lakers player development coach Phil Handy helped out, too.

“Do we talk about free throws?” Howard said. “No. We talk about games and how we can win and get better.”

Howard was lying. Nash at various points demonstrated a follow-through motion and gave him constant feedback while Howard shot free throws.

“He was just suggesting some things, but it’s not something we’ve already talked about or anybody else has suggested,” Howard said. “My mind cannot get clouded with everybody telling me how to shoot a free throw. I just have to go up there and shoot it my way and not get caught up in what everybody else is saying. That’s when I miss.”

That’s happened plenty of times lately.

Both the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets adopted the so-called “Hack a Dwight” strategy where they foul Howard before crossing midcourt and hoping his misses at the foul line yields extra possessions. Although Howard went a combined 17 of 37 in both of those losses, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni has remained highly supportive of his star center. He scoffed at the idea of benching him out of belief Howard will soon correct his errors. D’Antoni also blamed the Lakers defensive inconsistency for both losses. And D’Antoni credited Howard for making his first free throw to inhibit New Orleans from intentionally fouling him in the team’s loss Wednesday to the Lakers.

Kobe Bryant, who recently has acknowledged telling Howard to constantly work on his foul shots, attributed the center’s career 58.4 percent mark from the foul line as a by product of the way U.S. players wrongfully develop.

“AAU and all these other camps, they pretty much wanted him to play inside the paint his entire career ever since he was 12 years old,” said Bryant, who spent most of his childhood playing basketball in Italy. “They wanted him to dunk everything, finish everything and he didn’t want to shoot it [from the outside] because he’s bigger than everybody. As a consequence, they left out the shooting aspect of his game. You contrast that with some of the European players who grow up, they’re taught at a early age on how to play all aspects of the game, ball handling, shooting. I think it’s really just about our system in the states and how we teach kids how to perform.”

No matter. Bryant highlighted how another prominent Lakers center handled his poor foul shooting. Although Shaquille O’Neal posted similar numbers from the free-throw line in both the regular season (52.7 percent) and playoffs (50.4 percent), Bryant noticed a different mindset.

“Shaq had a tough time at the free throw line, but he got to a place in critical stretches of ball games where he really knocked them down,” Bryant said. “Maybe they were only 50 percent, but it seemed like in games in the big ones where he didn’t miss them. He got to that place just by working. It meant a lot to him. He took on that responsibility to make them.”

How does Howard make that next step?

“It’s just facing the issue, dealing with it and taking it on head first and saying, ‘It’s something I have to accomplish and something I have to master,’” Bryant said. “I think he will.”



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Posted December 07, 2012 - 12:33 PM

Bill/Stu made a good point yesterday about Dwight's FTs in practice. He shoots a bunch consecutively which allows him to get into a rhythm. Whereas In game, he shoots at random times. Not sure if there's any merit to that though.


That's like saying to leave Ray Allen open for three because he hasn't taken a shot all game. If you shoot 80% in practice unless he misses his first 20 finding a rhythm you shoot the same way each time.

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Posted December 07, 2012 - 12:54 PM

underhand???? epic fail :turrible:

its all about D12 having confidence in himself to go up there & just convert. Say to himself he knows its going in & then just make it.
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Posted December 07, 2012 - 12:59 PM

dwight sucks.
The Lakers FO knows more than you. Sorry.




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