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
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.
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?
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