Aren’t They Free?

Free-throw

During a basketball game your bound to see high intensity plays, emphatic dunks, and an immense amount of cheering. The higher level of play the higher amount of action and physicality; meaning more contact resulting in foul calls. When a player is fouled in the act of shooting in basketball they are then sent to the line (free throw line); there they are awarded with two free shots with no one to block them or to interfere with their shot. It would seem simple right? Two free shots with no one to block you or bump you, many would say HA! Piece of Cake. Well my friend actions speak louder than words, in basketball free throws can become a players worst nightmare… http://www.foxsportswisconsin.com/02/05/13/Why-are-free-throws-so-gosh-darn-hard/landing_badgers.html?blockID=859329

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I would have to agree with Jesses article, players in todays basketball are looking for the high-flying plays and trying to become a human highlight reel but what does that all mean if you can’t make free throws? Players take time to practice everything else but free throws? Free throws are shots that everyone in the stadium or gym expects you to knock down. The best players are more recognized because there clutch players at the free throw line. These players can handle the high pressure situations and know how to focus up in the moment. Many other players are good in other parts of their game but when it comes to the free throw line its like a whole new world to them. When at the line guys minds start to run about  the next shot, or how tired they are, or the fans behind the backboard waving signs and shouting. All these factors come in to play, but the biggest fear that gets players is the fear of the moment, the fear of the situation, knowing everyone’s eyes in the stadium are looking at you and counting on you to sink the shot. Free throws carry more pressure than you think. Two free shots could end up being the two free shots you never wanted. You would never think free throws would  do this much to you. Some players regard free throws as easy, but a vast amount regard them as a different psyche, and a whole new world! Look at prime examples like Shaquille O’neal and Dwight Howard, they are not exactly best friends with the free throw line.

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Dwight’s career free throw shooting is 49% and his partner in crime Shaq shot a career  53% from the line. These are horrible free throw percentages…

There free but they are not exactly easy, free throw shots consist of screaming fans, distractions, fatigue, adrenaline, and finally PRESSURE. It just comes down to who can handle the two FREE shots, because these two free shots can cost you a game. Just ask the San Antonio Spurs from there NBA Finals Game 6 collapse. A couple missed free throws here and there could end up costing you a game. I suggest that you take a look at Game 7 of the NBA finals or catch the recap of the game when you can; try to focus on each teams free throw percentages after the game. Those two FREE throws could go a LOOONNNGGG Way trust me!

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like if you were at the line?

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Here is a little taste if you are interested 🙂 I Think I Could Shoot?

Well I love leaving some humor with you, so here are some guys at the line who are in a whole “New World” haha 🙂 Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhWbo1obAF8

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Fool Me Once, Fool Me Twice?

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Flopping – the act of pretending a foul has been committed in the hopes of fooling an official into blowing the whistle – has long been one of those “I know it when I see it” things. Unfortunately, it’s much easier to see it and know it when watching an instant replay, usually in slow motion (NBA League Officiating Office).
Hmm the art of the flop, players over the years in the NBA have been perfecting this style of acting within the basketball world. You have players yelling for fouls, flailing awkwardly, and trying to draw attention to the officials. Flopping has always been around in basketball, but over the course of the years its starting to grow more and more. This past year flopping in basketball has become an engaging topic with sports analyst’s and fans around the country. Flopping in the NBA has attracted so much attention to itself, it even has the league commissioner concerned? Let us dive deeper into this subject.
After reading from Thomas Duffy’s article I found some unusual comments that I wouldn’t have expected. In the article big name stars Lebron James and Dwayne Wade made comments on flopping in the NBA. To hear Lebron James, the best athlete on the planet talk about flopping I paid very close attention. In the article Lebron James claims that flopping can be used as an advantage to win, and when your team wins then everyone is happy. As much as I like Lebron it sad as a fan to hear that a player is willing to flop to help his team win. Flopping in the NBA slows down the game, and it takes away from the physicality in basketball. If you’re a basketball fan as much as I am it’s rather disturbing to see players falling on the floor every time someone lays a finger on them. I know, I know, flopping can never be officially removed but it can be monitored and that is what the league commissioner has taken action upon. David Stern the head honcho of the NBA has set up a fining system for floppers in the NBA. The league is able to review the games and pick out bona -fide floppers; the league continued to establish an official flopping video to inform us a flop from a non flop.
Let us see for ourselves shall we http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I65Lqjh4fo
It’s good to see this as a fan, knowing the league is taking action on these skillful actors in the game of basketball. Of course refs are doing the best possible job of monitoring in-game flopping; The speed of the game makes it that much harder for refs to point it out and catch these perpetrators in the act. As the game evolves overtime I hope our star athletes  don’t encourage our younger athletes to flop. The art of flopping has continued to grow in the game of basketball and the country is now starting to take notice. So, as we continue to watch these blowout Finals games and the next basketball season let us pray that our athletes don’t turn the NBA in to the next WNBA…. oops to soon..
Here are some notorious flops for your enjoyment 🙂