Monday, December 3rd, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  17 responses

Dwight Howard Says All He Can Do is Keep Practicing Free-Throws

The Orlando Magic rode some unconcious shooting and Hack-a-Dwight to a stunning victory in Los Angeles last night. According to Howard — currently shooting a career low 46.5% on free-throws, including a horrific 9/21 against his former team — more practice from the charity stripe is the only remedy for his woes at the line. Per the LA Times: “Howard had 21 points and 15 rebounds but made only nine of 21 free-throw attempts at Staples Center. The team he left in a dramatic four-way trade in August picked on him by purposely fouling him four times in the fourth quarter. He made four of eight from the line in the latest ‘Hack-a-Howard’ episode. He was unhappy afterward, his jovial personality replaced by tight answers and pressed lips. What were his thoughts on being fouled intentionally? ‘I don’t have any thoughts,’ he said. Did he feel like a chapter was closed by playing his old team? ‘That chapter was closed when I got traded.’ Is he happy in L.A.? ‘Obviously, I’m enjoying myself,’ he said almost morosely. Howard flat ignored some questions from an Orlando television reporter with whom he had a hostile relationship after asking to be traded by the Magic. A Lakers publicist stepped in toward the end, telling the reporter to ‘quit antagonizing him.’ Howard opened up a little bit, eventually, about his dire free-throw shooting. ‘I’m going to continue to practice,’ he said. ‘That’s all I can do, is continue to practice and they’ll start falling.’ Coach Mike D’Antoni said he wouldn’t remove Howard in late-game situations despite his 46.5% free-throw accuracy. ‘I could, but you want to do that? You take him out, that’s drawing a big line,’ D’Antoni said. ‘He’ll get through this.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    dwight howard makes chuck hayes look like mark price

  • roscoe

    that is embarrassingly true

  • trent

    If this is him when he practices, I’d hate to see him at the line when he doesn’t.

  • whooo!

    Chuck Person, who they hired as a shooting coach, needs to make sure he never mentions this team on his Resume. He should probably just run awayalready.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    for the sake of my fantasy team, Dwight fly me out to LA so i can fix this for you…..thanks.

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  • Misso

    All i gotta say is GO MAGIC

  • Max

    That shooting coach must be really great!

  • nick

    he doesn’t even have a shot, he needs to learn to follow through and extend, he just flings it, whoever taught him that motion is RETARDED

  • roscoe

    how would you fix that train wreck?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well the first thing i would do is strip him of every stupid ass thing he thinks about at the FT line.
    really though, i would have to see where he is. but i am completely confident that i could improve him around 10% in under a year. (obviously i am extremely confident – maybe/probably to a fault – in my understanding of shooting a basketball lol, but at least i realize it). The first thing I would focus on though, is his touch. I would test to see how adept he is at in no round about way, how well he is at “shooting” undersized objects. My philosophy when it comes to shooting is different than any person i have ever met. idk how to explain this and make it sound less than crazy. Every person I have ever worked with has improved their shooitng immensely in a very short amount of time. Ofcourse none of them have been NBA players, so I have never worked with anyone who has that type of ego. And ego’s are the hardest thing to deal with when teaching just about anything.

  • roscoe

    shooting small objects is a really good idea… i hear you… and imo getting someone to “buy in” and get confidence is key.

    you should write a shooting book if you have a lot of success w/ ppl.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ehh you would need a publisher. and that’s a really really niche market. i just know all about shooting, i’ve been playing basketball ad nauseum since i was 3 years old. i have played basketball in literally every type of environment and situation. shooting has been the one thing i’ve always been able to do in any situation. no matter how big the ball is. or anything like that. sh*t, i bet if you gave me 100 FT’s with a nerf ball on a nerf hoop i could hit around 65%.

  • Tempest

    It’s all mental, Dwight pull your head in! Focus on nothing but the back of the rim, hold your gooseneck follow through and it’s money

  • http://profiles.google.com/statsprofessor Jakub Palka

    I can teach him. Have a Free Throw Champion Medal to prove it. lol


  • Ugh

    It’s not his touch, it’s his focus. His release is different almost every time her stands at the line. Griffin is the same. This time it’s a stiff forearm, next time it’s too much follow through, then he doesn’t keep his elbow tucked in.

    I don’t get it. I can palm a ball on the dribble and played center my entire career and I was an 85% FT shooter. I really don’t know how anyone can be as bad as Dwight if they actually practice.

  • roscoe

    he has bad hands which means his touch is bad… he can’t handle passes that aren’t thrown 13.2532 feet in the air.