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Old 12-10-2012, 02:11 AM   Topic Starter
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Appalachian State Center throws up worst freethrow attempt ever...

In an era of bombastic commentary and breathless hyperbole in sports media, words like "great," "legendary" or "catastrophic" are often thrown around a bit too carelessly.

Still, it may not be overstating things to call this free throw from Appalachian State reserve center Brian Okam the worst ever attempted.

With 11:07 left in the second half of Saturday afternoon's game between the Mountaineers and Western Carolina, Okam attempted the second of two foul shots to try to extend his team's lead to 10. Perhaps the ball slipped out of his hand, but it sailed high in the air and fell in the arms of a teammate about 10 feet short of the rim, leaving the Western Carolina TV analyst calling the game in such shock he aptly exclaimed, "I'm not sure what that was. Good lord."

It's difficult to explain exactly how Okam missed the free throw that badly because he was not asked about it by reporters after the game. A message left for Appalachian State coach Jason Capel on Sunday was not immediately returned.

Okam, a Rutgers transfer averaging 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game, seldom reaches the foul line. Prior to going 1 of 4 on free throws against Western Carolina, he was just 3 of 5 from the foul line in his two-year Appalachian State career.

About the only missed free throw in recent memory that rivals Okam's comical blunder was one attempted by Kansas sharpshooter Brady Morningstar against Texas late in the 2009-10 season. An off-balance Morningstar double-clutched his foul shot while tripping forward into the paint, essentially the basketball equivalent of a bad toss on a tennis serve.

"I looked pretty stupid there," Morningstar said after that game. "We laughed about it in the locker room just now."

It was probably harder for Okam to laugh about his gaffe. The miss sparked the late run that propelled Western Carolina to a 70-64 victory.






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Old 12-10-2012, 02:28 AM   #2
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:41 AM   #9
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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.

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Old 12-10-2012, 09:14 AM   #10
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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.

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Because they never practice outside shots
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:19 AM   #11
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Because they never practice outside shots
Well, I kind of figured that, Mr. R8ers. But that's really the question, isn't it?

I mean, why wouldn't a guy practice his free throws for ... I don't know ... maybe 10 minutes a day or something. Or maybe he could work with somebody like ... oh ... like a coach or a guy like that. Why wouldn't a guy want to improve his free throw technique and, therefore, his percentage? Isn't that better than making a complete ass out of yourself when you're standing all by your lonesome there at the line in front of your friends and family and 5 year-old girls who can hit 99% of their gift shots?

I still don't get it.

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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.

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That's an intriguing question witty Mr. FAX, but the present state of the Chiefs has me more and more pondering the question of how such highly skilled athletes can be so affected by emotion/inspiration.

When one is as skilled as most NFL players are and considering how much they get paid, how the eff do they just turn to globs of jelly over a missed FG or somebody else on the team making a poor play.

Don't get me wrong, I've been in bad ju-ju situations where players don't trust each other, resulting in a lack of team cohesiveness, open players being ignored, etc., but I was playing HS ball for free.
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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.

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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.
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At least it went forwards. A guy on our HS team had a shot slip out of his hand and actually go backwards down the court.
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At least it went forwards. A guy on our HS team had a shot slip out of his hand and actually go backwards down the court.
In HS our punter had SEVERAL punts that went backwards. Sometimes he just kicked it high and the wind caught it, but sometimes he just flat kicked it over his shoulder.

That punter? coached by none other than Gregg Williams.
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