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Posted October 11, 2013 - 10:00 PM

Not the greatest comparison in my opinion. When it comes to free throws, it's strictly a part of the game and strictly a part of a player's package. If he cannot knock them down nor improve enough year after year being a professional, then they deserve to get exposed, not bailed out. As a viewer you may be mad at the opponent enforcing the penalty, but whom you should really be mad at is the "professional" who can't make an uncontested all the time in the world freebie to save his life. Now THAT'S more embarrassing & pathetic.


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Posted October 11, 2013 - 10:11 PM

If you can't defend, forfeit and get your sorry ass off the court.


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Posted October 11, 2013 - 10:16 PM

If you can't make free throws, get your sorry ass in the gym more.


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Posted October 11, 2013 - 10:28 PM

houston will be great, no denying that

 

spurs

okc

and rockets will be top 3 in the west guaranteed.


And I have no confidence in any of them beating the Heat in the finals. The east playoffs might actually be more interesting this year if Rose stays healthy and the Nets turn out to be the real deal.



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Posted October 12, 2013 - 05:23 AM

I believe if enough teams are as smart as the Spurs & Pop, that glaring weakness will bite them in the ass.

Haha! Like substituting for duncan on consequtive plays late in game 6?

But I agree in general. Free throws are important in close games and Dwight might be watching from bench if the team finds itself in those situations playoff games on the line.


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Posted October 12, 2013 - 05:51 AM

If you can't make free throws, get your sorry ass in the gym more.

 

If it was something as simple as going to the gym more, then you wouldn't have poor FT shooters. 


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Posted October 12, 2013 - 09:48 AM

If it was something as simple as going to the gym more, then you wouldn't have poor FT shooters. 


Mental thing. 

If Dwight can't get past it mentally then what is the real issue that should be being looked at?


If he makes 90/100 of them in practice, and it's not even jump shots its FREE THROWS.   What's the difference? No one's defending you, it's the same motion and same rhythm.


What's different is the pressure and your mentality.   Dwight has openly admitted many times that it's in his head that his problems are, but that's already known.

If he can never get past the mental block of free throw shooting then that's his problem.  If he can shoot 90% in practice but can't do it when there's actual pressure then that sounds like a personal problem being unable to close.


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Posted October 12, 2013 - 01:53 PM

If it was something as simple as going to the gym more, then you wouldn't have poor FT shooters. 

Whatever the excuse mental or lack of serious enough dedication, whatever, the bottomline is you don't deserve to simply get bailed out because of it & let off the hook. It's still a huge part of the game, especially in late game situations and oh well, not many outside of your team and own fans are crying for you, so man up and deal with it.

 

If anything, you have the chance to make whomever does this against you pay by simply knocking them down. Instead you are constantly killing your team. That's your own damn fault.


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Posted October 12, 2013 - 02:12 PM

If anyone is trying to get bailed out, it's the Spurs (and others) who use that weak technique. Here's a novel idea: How about your team play some defense?You know, steal the ball, draw charges, block shots, etc. 

 

You "make them pay" by out-playing them during the game. Now, they get a chance to get back in the game by doing nothing that requires skill..."Hey, I'll go hug this guy and make the ref think that's a foul"


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Posted October 12, 2013 - 02:20 PM

^ It may not require "skill" per say, but it requires strategy & intelligence, which equal exposing the flaws of your opponent and putting the onus on them to prove otherwise and that my friend, is perfectly part of the game.


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Posted October 12, 2013 - 02:25 PM

Flaws of your opponent? Every NBA team has big guys that can't shoot FTs. 

 

What strategy? 

 

Pop: "Hey Tony, run up to Dwight and hug him."

TP: "Ok coach"

 

Lots of strategy and intelligence.


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Posted October 12, 2013 - 02:28 PM

Shaq was a terrible free throw shooter as well.

Free throws don't win rings, defense does. The Rockets now have one of the toughest interior defenses in the NBA.

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Posted October 12, 2013 - 02:30 PM

Flaws of your opponent? Every NBA team has big guys that can't shoot FTs.

It's just not just Dwight though, they happen to have TWO of the very worst free throw shooters in the league in he & Asik AND they both happen to play A LOT of minutes. That can't be said for the rest of the bigs in the game around the league in comparison. Plus, when you're really good or one of the better teams as opposed to a scrub team, as a coach, you definitely consider using the strategy even more.

What strategy? 

 

Pop: "Hey Tony, run up to Dwight and hug him."

TP: "Ok coach"

 

Lots of strategy and intelligence.

Common sense can also be strategy & a level of intelligence. After all, sadly not everyone in this world always knows or uses common sense.


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Posted October 12, 2013 - 02:33 PM

Play defense

 

there's some common sense for ya


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Posted October 12, 2013 - 02:35 PM

Since when is exposing a flaw in your opponent's offense not a sign of defense? The purpose of defense is stop the other team from scoring last time I checked. As long as it's not against the rules of the game, it's perfectly legal. Put the onus on the opponent to make the adjustment. They either have to take their "victim" or "victims" out of the game, which can influence the game in itself or they have to continue to suffer embarrassment or man up as men and knock down uncontested all the time in the world freebies.


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Posted October 12, 2013 - 06:02 PM

That's not defense. No one plays defense standing at a FT line. 

 

If it's a "flaw", then every team in the league has it since big men are notoriously known for being less than stellar at the FT line. I mean, you have teams grabbing onto guys before the damn ball is even in-bounded; no kind of offense has even been ran yet. 

 

Run zone, play man, double team, etc. Use your skill/effort to defensively stop your opponents. 


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Posted October 12, 2013 - 07:08 PM

Fouling players all game is equivalent to flopping. Both ruin the game


Edited by LakeShow805, October 12, 2013 - 07:08 PM.


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Posted October 12, 2013 - 08:28 PM

^ So why haven't they both been eliminated yet? By the way though, you're obviously exaggerating on the hack-a strategy happening all game. You're right about regular fouls certainly happening all game, but the hack-a-strategy is selective in moments, usually late in games, at the end of quarters, and or to help stop/break momentum. The flopping on the other hand, DOES happen all game and is an actual important issue.


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Posted October 12, 2013 - 08:49 PM

Because the NBA is slow


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Posted October 12, 2013 - 09:07 PM

Well technically, defense is the act of preventing the offense from scoring, so there is no right way to defend someone. But as I said, if you played well enough, you shouldn't need to be bailed out by intentionally fouling the other team. 






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