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@  Mario Peña : (10 October 2015 - 01:12 PM) If your part if the Red94 Fantasy Basketball League check the thread to vote for the date and time for the draft event. Thanks y'all!
@  jorgeaam : (07 October 2015 - 08:47 PM) Guys we need 1 more owner for the Red94 fantasy league, if interested please comment on the post in the fantasy basketball thread
@  slick shoes : (07 October 2015 - 06:50 PM) Kobe ranked one spot higher than Ariza? Is this based on legacy or...??
@  slick shoes : (07 October 2015 - 04:13 PM) It was hard to keep up with both the Astros and Rockets at the same time. Should be interesting on Thursday with the Texans and Astros on simultaneously.
@  Mario Peña : (07 October 2015 - 04:09 PM) It was fun to have the Rockets on last night! Right now I'm watching the Celtics versus Milan and Alessandro Gentile is impressive.
@  jorgeaam : (06 October 2015 - 07:47 PM) Well, thinking twice about it, I'd rather have him score less and have the team as a whole do better. Lawson should take a lot of his load off
@  jorgeaam : (06 October 2015 - 07:47 PM) Loving that, hope he hits 30 PPG this year
@  thejohnnygold : (06 October 2015 - 06:15 PM) Someone is feeling confident :) : LINK
@  jorgeaam : (06 October 2015 - 05:54 PM) 10 Teams done, will need 2 more
@  Mario Peña : (06 October 2015 - 02:35 PM) Alright guys, if anyone is interested in joining the Red94 fantasy basketball league we could use one more player to get us to 10 teams (or three to get us to 12 teams). Just check the thread in the Fantasy Basketball forum. Thanks!
@  thejohnnygold : (05 October 2015 - 06:23 PM) I use leaguepass here in Austin with no problems...
@  skip 2 my lou : (05 October 2015 - 03:14 PM) Hey fellas, I'm a rocket fan but I live in the heart of Dallas. Does anybody know if I buy NBA Leaguepass if it's too close to be subject to blackouts?
@  Losthief : (02 October 2015 - 02:24 AM) tks jg
@  thejohnnygold : (29 September 2015 - 05:16 AM) FYI, it was media day today. Interviews are up at NBA.com
@  slick shoes : (23 September 2015 - 06:37 PM) kind of late in the day but NBATV is broadcasting classis Rockets games all day today.
@  SadLakerFan : (16 September 2015 - 04:37 AM) Man, as a Laker fan, I'm learning how little you care about the off season when your team sucks. Anyway, a quick moment to remember Moses. Still remember watching the 81 team as a kid - losing record, NBA Finals. I would have cried w/joy if they could have beaten the Celtics.
@  jorgeaam : (15 September 2015 - 08:30 PM) http://bleacherrepor...ist-after-crash
@  jorgeaam : (15 September 2015 - 08:30 PM) So to celebrate his new contract, Montrezl Harrell saved someone's life on monday
@  thejohnnygold : (14 September 2015 - 04:36 PM) A good article from Blinebury talking about when Hakeem and Moses used to play in the park. LINK
@  rockets best... : (14 September 2015 - 02:29 AM) I agree totally. I got to watch his Rocket days and the man was a hell of a player. BIG MO R.I.P.


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#47921 Hack-an-American? Are foreign big men really better shooters?

Posted by JY86er on 24 April 2015 - 05:56 AM

Begs a lot of questions about free throw shooting so bear with me. I've been thinking about this all evening while watching games with my wife. She and I even watched videos of Jordan, Calvin Murphy and Rick Barry talk about free throw shooting after seeing DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers be put under the microscope of free throw shooting last night against the Spurs.

1. Ok, so is free throw shooting something that is taught in AAU, high school or even college?
Only thing I was ever taught was by an 8th grade coach who basically said stand here, keep your elbow pointed towards the rim and shoot. Then he proceeded to make shot after shot like that. We were all impressed, so I assumed that was how you did it. Simple enough even though none of us ever got his results. Did he leave something out then? I eventually just came up with my own technique like my other friends did. I copied Moses Malone, Karl Malone and Jordan. Players with destinctive pre shot rituals. Only the cool ones, though, because I was a kid and only attracted to cool stuff. Its starting to look like the theme of this year's playoffs is who-to-hack and whether or not employing that strategy works. What concerns me is that enough players in the NBA have low enough FT% to even decide to hack them.

2. When DO you hack them?
I just can't see myself asking my players to do that IF we already have the lead and its still early in the game. I TRUST my players to play the game as we have practiced. Seems mico-managerial. Maybe this is who Rick Carlisle really is. However, it does seem logical if the goal is not to try to force misses and slow the tempo, but more to force the hand of the opposing coach to take that player out of the game. In Game 1 when Kevin McHale had the Rockets intentionally foul Rajon Rondo, immediately after the Mavericks had been instructed to foul Josh Smith, it exposed a deeper issue with Rondo and Carlisle. We'd learn more about that later, but Rondo, with his career 60 FT%, never even got to shoot the free throws and was removed from the game. Not sure if that was the goal by McHale, but here a hack strategy worked, because Rondo went to the bench and wasn't able to lead his team or play defense on James Harden.

3. How did this become a thing in the NBA?
Is it because players are coming out of college after one year or jumping right from high school to the NBA? Does that then mean that the magical teaching of free throw shooting happens in college? Impossible, because Yao didn't go to college and neother did LeBron. Maybe it truly is just talent and if that's the case--then foreign players are simply more talented shooters that American ones........hmmmm. (Not wanting to start that debate--just following the logic to a hypothetical conclusion). OR

4. Is it because they put in the work with endless hours of practice on shooting drills?
If so then american bigs need to do the same and I say it doesn't matter how that ball goes in from 15ft away just sink enough of them to stay off the hackers radar scope. Not just practicing shooting them, but figuring out what technique works for them to make them. Their own technique. Not someone else's that they are copying. One poster above says that just maybe the foreign players in the NBA are the cream of the crop and that is why they on the whole seem to be better free throw shooters. Very valid.

5. Why don't more people at least experiment with Rick Barry's type of free throw?
Rick Barry shot 90% for his career with his granny style free throw. It sure seems to have a whole lot less moving parts in the mechanics. He explains clearly that the backspin toss is more forgiving on the rim than an overhand shot. Who cares. It worked for him. I just believe you have to try everything, because in the end that free attempt must go in at all costs. Jumpshot, headbutt...whatever.
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