Posted by: Chad Phillips on December 6th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I know as much about what it must be like to shoot free throws with bananas as fingers as Fesenko knows about driving a Geo Metro – absolutely nothing! But what I do know is that you could put oven mitts on any semi-coordinated human being and they would make more than two free throws out of ten tries.
Fes, Man! You are in the NBA! Twenty percent isn’t just bad … that is like the equivalent of wetting yourself at Prom (not that I experienced that… since you first have to go to prom). Fes, it’s not like you don’t have the time to practice because again, you are in the NBA! They actually pay people hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend hundreds of hours trying to get you to shoot better than 20 percent and yet … here we are.
I personally love you to be in the game. The more you are in the game the more I get to see you frustrate egotistic players like Tim Duncan beyond belief because they can’t seem to understand how this seemingly big clumsy oaf is shutting them down. What players like Tim Duncan, Lebron James, and Carlos Boozer don’t understand is that it takes more than just talent … it takes heart. By the size of your 300 lb frame your heart must be the size of a watermelon.
To put your percentage in perspective: Shaquille O’Neal, the man whose infamous horrible free throw shooting changed the rules of basketball (hack-a-shaq), shot 42.2 percent on his worst year, which is twice as good as your horrific free throw shooting percentage this year.
If you want to stay in the game, play productive minutes, and continue to progress as a basketball player and as a person you need to figure out a way to make more than 20 percent of your free throws. As my friend reminded me today … at what point does it become less embarrassing to shoot free-throws granny style than to shoot a dismal percentage?
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