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Howard's excuse for those missed free throws

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07:26 AM ET 11.13 | Rockets center Dwight Howard, a target this year for his sub-par free throw shooting, has endured the "hack-a-Dwight" method. After another poor performance from the line on Monday night against the Raptors (Howard was 4-of-12), he told reporters he just didn't want to talk about free throws anymore. "I don't want to talk about it," Howard said. ... "We talk about it so much, I think about it at the line. I don't want to think about it. I want to shoot. That's what I do in practice. I shoot in practice and I don't miss because I am not thinking about it." Howard said that he is overthinking free throw shots in games, and missing them because of it. He said he is making up for the lack of free throws in other ways. "I get in the game and I think so much that I tend to miss," Howard said.

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November 13, 2013  08:38 AM ET
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Upon further consideration, is dwight admitting that he is mentally weak, or a choker?

Your first post is the right answer. He was never a good ft shooter and will never be. Shaq never got better also.....











It's Cuban's fault...

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November 13, 2013  08:42 AM ET

He can't be relied upon in close games to step up to the line and knock down the free throws. Opposing teams will target him at the end of games to make the winning free throw. Good investment if the game is a blow out in Houston's favor; bad investment if the game is neck to neck at the end of games and he's on the floor.

November 13, 2013  08:45 AM ET
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Upon further consideration, is dwight admitting that he is mentally weak, or a choker?

I do believe there is an element of mental weakness when it comes to free throws with him. He got really angry with Steve Nash for trying to give him pointers to improve his FT percentage.

How else do you explain why he wouldn't at least listen to the best FreeThrow shooter in NBA history.

November 13, 2013  08:47 AM ET
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I do believe there is an element of mental weakness when it comes to free throws with him. He got really angry with Steve Nash for trying to give him pointers to improve his FT percentage. How else do you explain why he wouldn't at least listen to the best FreeThrow shooter in NBA history.

Kobe's fault....?

November 13, 2013  08:48 AM ET
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Kobe's fault....?

Bush's fault....

November 13, 2013  08:54 AM ET
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Kobe's fault....?

That's not an explanation. It's THEE answer...

November 13, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I do believe there is an element of mental weakness when it comes to free throws with him. He got really angry with Steve Nash for trying to give him pointers to improve his FT percentage. How else do you explain why he wouldn't at least listen to the best FreeThrow shooter in NBA history.

Well, let me just say he is Houston problem now.

November 13, 2013  09:06 AM ET

Same Old Song And Dance, Bro.

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November 13, 2013  09:24 AM ET

I just remember Karl Malone and Chris Weber when they joined the NBA. Both were terrible free throw shooters. But they both knew that they were going to get fouled a lot and at the end of the game. The both hired people to help with their free throw shooting. They both became good free throw shooters.

I don't understand why some people don't shoot free throws like Rick Berry. Yes it's underhanded and Shaq called it "sissy ball." But what's sissy about making over 90% of your free throws?

November 13, 2013  09:41 AM ET

It's called muscle memory. That's why the greats can shoot ft's with their eyes closed and make it the majority of the time. They trust their mechanics and rely on that when shooting in the games. D12 doesn't trust himself at the line and blames the media for reminding him of it.......

Like a WR who drops passes and blames the media for always asking him why he drops it.....

Just answer like this "I am aware of my struggles at the ft line and I am working every day to get better at them..."

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November 13, 2013  09:43 AM ET

I'm sending our Mayor down to give him pointers.

November 13, 2013  09:43 AM ET
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Upon further consideration, is dwight admitting that he is mentally weak, or a choker?

Yes!!!!

November 13, 2013  09:44 AM ET
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I just remember Karl Malone and Chris Weber when they joined the NBA. Both were terrible free throw shooters. But they both knew that they were going to get fouled a lot and at the end of the game. The both hired people to help with their free throw shooting. They both became good free throw shooters.I don't understand why some people don't shoot free throws like Rick Berry. Yes it's underhanded and Shaq called it "sissy ball." But what's sissy about making over 90% of your free throws?

Won't work for these big men. You still need more coordination than the regular free throw. Barry was a. Shooter and that was easy for him.

November 13, 2013  09:49 AM ET

I wish he would start underthinking them soon, he is killing me in my fantasy league.

 
November 13, 2013  09:49 AM ET
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Well, let me just say he is Houston problem now.

Yes and the Lakers are better off now and in the future with Howard gone. Teams "hack-a-shaq", Shaq when he was with the Lakers and the Lakers found a way to win most of their games.

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