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Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 9:10 am  |  22 responses

Dwight Howard Hired a Free Throw Shooting Coach


In an effort to improve on his 59.8% career free-throw shooting percentage, Dwight Howard enlisted the help of someone who claims to be an expert in the matter. From the Orlando Sentinel: “Howard is working with shooting coach Ed Palubinskas, an Australian sharpshooter who played in the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics and is the career free-throw percentage leader at LSU. Palubinskas has worked with Orlando Magic power forward Brandon Bass and also briefly worked with Shaquille O’Neal. A photograph of Palubinskas working with Howard on Thursday was posted on Facebook by Bright House Sports Network’s David Baumann. Palubinskas had attempted to work with Howard for at least a year. In May 2010, Palubinskas sent an e-mail message to the Orlando Sentinel in which he said that he had written and called Howard to offer his services but had received no response. ‘I will completely change his numbers in less than one week and you won’t recognize him,’ Palubinskas wrote then.”

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  • r2j

    It’s about DAMN TIME!!!

  • rlz

    He might want to leave the time he spent with Shaq off the résumé…

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman22

    Yao,vacation’s over.

  • AMPduppp

    Why not the free throw shooting champ himself, Rick Barry? If your free throw % is that low, it’s hard to be more embarrassed shooting underhand

  • Brahsef

    Won’t make a difference. Some people just can’t shoot free throws

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    If he coached shaq then he shouldn’t be guaranteeing anything. — But I could get Dwight to 65% or higher in (1) summer. haha

  • DieselMechanic

    @AMPduppp that sounds pretty embarrassing.

  • Patrick

    Great news..I hope he starts shooting 80%..his current release was awful..this stunted duck extension of his right hand…”extend the f’n thing fully!” is what i hope this coach tells him..it’s not rocket science..and an embarrassment how long his coaches and teammates have allowed him to continue with that amateur pathetic release

  • AQWORD

    I’d Bi(hSlap Dwight at free throws.

  • bike

    Amazing. Dwight is surrounded with coaches and trainers and he hires some ‘expert’ to teach him how to shoot the easiest shot in basketball. No excuse for a guy with that kind of athletic ability to be that pathetic at free throws. Same goes for Shaq and Wilt.

  • Stillballin

    Dwight is gonna lead the league in scoring. If he can make his free-throws..

  • Stillballin

    I hope his free-throw shooting coach tell him that he only have 8 second to shot free-throw..

  • chingy

    Some people’s hands are just too big to shoot a basketball. Try shooting consistently with a tennis ball.

  • rich

    have you heard of ray allen vince carter? both men have very very large hands and are good shooters. dwight just doesnt focus at the line and when he shoots poorly you can see some glaring change in his form.

  • ai come back

    shaqs hands ar ebigge than shaq i swear just from watchin id give shaq an excuse cuz his hands literally cover the ball

  • http://www.yomamajokes.com LilKDub503

    Dude, I can sink well over 70% of free throws with a tennis ball, but then again I practiced it for a day or so. Anyway, that’s a moot point because their hands are big, they’re not bear paws, they’re still human hands.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    He was working for the Lakers and had Shaq shooting pretty well for a stretch, but he asked for a yearly salary and a championship ring so they let him go. If he can improve Shaq’s tennis ball throw style free throw then he should help Dwight.

  • @Deknowz

    He hits over 70% and the Bulls will win a championship for sure. -No Typeo

  • http://www.baumannbroadcasting.com db33
  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    DWIGHT JUST NEEDS TO SHOOT IT MORE FLUIDLY. SMOOTHNESS IS WHAT IS NEEDED. THEN CONFIDENCE WILL COME WITH BEING MORE PREPARED AND HAVING FAITH IN A WORKING TECHNIQUE.

  • http://slamonline.com Neitel

    dude, your are dwight howard!!! dont tell me you dont have confidence in your shot?? i know the secret to make ALL your free throws, or, you can watch tapes of Kobe Bryant over and over, until you shoot like he does…Dwight form is ugly..this guy needs to fix his shooting form, then free throws will fall easy down the net.

  • harry

    Athletes who perform poorly at the freethrow line usually don’t use fingertips with reverse spin to consistently control direction and distance. Shaq had used his palm like a shot putter and Dwight uses a wrist and fingertip flip which is inconsistent. Dwight should use his palm to roll the ball to his relaxed fingertips and then extend his shooting arm upward toward the basket, releasing the ball at the top of the extension.

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