Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  26 responses

Dwight Howard Airballs a Free Throw (VIDEO)

Hack-a-Dwight was in full effect last night, as Howard shot a horrific 7-19 from the charity stripe. Above is footage of his worst miss.

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  • Troy

    I hate watching Dwight play not because of his game, but because he smiles at the wrong times. It’s the fourth quarter, you’re up three and you airball a free throw, that’s really not funny. He obviously cares about the game, but these types of incidents make it seem like he doesn’t.

  • Max

    He was thinking, LMAO I really look like Wilt right now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    thinking the same thing….just makes you mad cuz its like he is not focused or something. But at the same time maybe he plays best when approaching the game loosely. Hard-nosed, stone-cold focus does not work for everyone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Can anyone explain to me how guys who play basketball everyday can be such poor FT shooters? I understand that it is difficult with fatigue, the crowd, big hands…but you would think that the with teh right amount of practice that no one would ever be below 75%…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Dwight looks strange in a headband

  • pposse

    its a mental thing.

  • Draak Grafula

    Are you saying big men are on average mentally weaker than guards are? :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    haha interesting point

  • timmy

    I’ve shot free throws before in a small league and it seems like their the easiest shot to make, but when everyone is watching you shoot. You suddenly start to over think your shot and your nerves get the best of you. I’m a pretty good shooter and I like playing under pressure, but to me free throws are a different story.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    This is probably one of the worst airballs ive ever seen. Why? Because horrible free throw shooters, ala Shaq,shoot air balls, usually shoot it too short, and it just falls a bit short of the basket. But this was one short AND completely off the the side…ive never seen that before. That was horrendous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    *off to the side

  • pposse

    haha not necessarily, but maybe. A lot of big men do suck at ft’s nowadays, but look at Nick Anderson, ever since he dropped those 3 ft’s in the finals against houston he was never the same FT shooter again. I do think that Dwight Howard is mentally weak!

  • misso

    im used to it. im in orlando. got used to that here

  • bike

    Karl Malone was a terrible FT shooter early in his career and he greatly improved by putting in the work and practice. There.is.no.excuse. Period. These guys have access to the best shooting coaches in the world so all I can figure they simply don’t try hard enough.

  • shutup

    Lemme guess he smiled after he missed, just watched video…..sigh

  • spit hot fiyah

    we would have believed you by reading the headline, no need for video evidence

  • Dre

    A lot of these big men miss free throws because of their abnormally huge hands so shooting the ball would so so awkward for them

  • BuenoWayno1

    Blame it on the headband….seriously tho, the headband makes Dwight look like a steroidal 12 year old.

  • Ugh

    That just isn’t true. Find someone with bigger hands than Dr J – career .778% FT shooter.

  • candlewood jhay

    try wearing a headband, fool.

  • SirGrey

    He was never this bad at FT’s, he’s becoming a Shaq.

  • candlewood jhay

    you have to know when’s play time and when’s go time

  • jedi420

    Someone tell this frootloop to take the glittery purple lightning infused pantyhose off his arms for starters, as if that’s not enough to distract anyone when you are trying to shoot a freebie..

  • jedi420

    His technique is horrible though.. needs to bend his legs more, maybe not to Stackhouse or Rip Hamilton levels, but that is a huge mistake that a lot of bigs make.. shooting free throws while straight legged. Try shooting from anywhere on the floor without bending your legs and watch your percentage plummet.

    Another mistake I instantly noticed was his eyes.. watch his head while he takes his 2-3 dribbles before shooting.. he is staring at the ground. Now watch Steve Nash pre-shot routine before shooting a freebie.. his eyes never leave the rim. During the dribbles he should be staring at the rim visualizing the ball going through the hoop.

  • Max

    You just have to think like that at the stripe.
    I’m a good shooter, this free throw is going in.

  • Max

    Diop was the worst ever.