Originally Posted by FAX
Can somebody explain that to me?
How is it possible that a guy who is playing professional basketball cannot develop a half-way decent free throw technique? I don't understand this one bit. I mean, your job in life is to fling the round ball into the hoop. That's it. Well ... and play some defense, maybe. But that's it. How in the name of Mr. Iowanian's handmade, knitted, woolen penis warmer is it possible to have such a bad technique? I don't get it.
It's obviously not a perfect analogy, but it's akin to saying why don't all punters have excellent tackling technique. FTs are a fairly small part of basketball. You wouldn't cut an expert punter because he's a crappy tackler in the same way you wouldn't bench Shaq because his free throw shooting sucks.
Virtually everything else in hoops is done in motion (when was the last time you saw somebody take a shot without jumping in a game) so shooting free throws isn't really like anything else you would do in a game. Most of these guys probably shoot 80% in practice but it's quite a bit different when the whole arena stops just to watch them shoot.
Finally, some guys, especially bigger guys, simply don't have the physical ability to shoot free throws well. Ben Wallace, a notoriously hard worker, actually had pretty good form, he just couldn't make free throws. It'd be like expecting your linemen (or in our case, our qb) to throw a perfectly spiraled football, accurately, three or four times in a game.