last stand wrote:Finwë wrote:He's a mental midget. Can't make them in games.
i don't think it's entirely that. he's not a jump shooter so the only shots he takes are free throws. that's what once every 5 minutes. the best FT shooting big men are jumpshooting big men.
even bynum who had a decent FT stroke only shot 69%. remember when kobe was trying to be a PG and his jump shooting went down the toilet. shooting consistently throughout the game keeps you in rhythm. basketball is largely a rhythm sport. that's why if he shoots 100 he makes so many because he's in rhythm but when he shoots 10 throughout a 36 minutes which means he's shooting about once every 7 minutes it's different. there is no rhythm.
the best free throw shooting bigs. like lamarcus aldridge, dirk, pau in his prime, duncan, these guys are shooting jumpers all game from the elbow area.
just my take as to why guys like wilt, shaq, dwight can't hit free throws. it's not for lack of practice, and shaq had no mental toughness issues so my take is they just aren't in rhythm.
Fair points, however, Howard said himself that it's all mental (there's an article with this in this thread, but I don't know which page).. He said something like he starts thinking about the crowd not thinking he's gonna make them, he feels pressured..
Doesn't explain why his % keeps going down either. Every season he gets worse