We were down by one with no time left on the clock. I had been fouled at the buzzer. I was at the line shooting two with a chance to win the game. I was nervous but somehow I came through. I sank both free throws and we won the game by one point.
Now, I was only in junior high at the time, but still it was a pressure filled moment.
What I don’t understand is if I can come through at the awkward age of thirteen and hit a couple of crucial free throws, why can’t professional athletes who are paid millions to play in the NBA do the same?
LeBron James, the premier player in the NBA with a championship ring to his credit for the Miami Heat, is often inconsistent shooting free throws. Dwight Howard, the starting center for the Los Angeles Lakers should be removed from close games in the fourth quarter because he is so awful at the foul line.
Come on, people. They are called “free” throws for a reason. No one is guarding you. You have a clear shot at the basket. It isn’t a tough or long shot. As an NBA player you should be able to make a free throw in your sleep. Instead some players are awake but their free throw shooting skills are more like a nightmare.
I’m not sure why coaches tolerate it. My favorite NBA team, the Sacramento Kings, lose a lot of close games. If they made their foul shots, though, their win-loss record would be much improved. I’m tired of DeMarcus Cousins missing his free throws.
Heck, pay me his salary and let me shoot them. At least I have a history of making them in clutch situations.