Why can’t some basketball players hit free throws? Exhibit A- Shaquille O’Neal. From what I’ve heard, the guy practices them all the time and has a special coach to help him solely with free throws. After 7 years in the league, he still can’t break .500 from the charity stripe, yet he shoots over .500 from the field?!? But he’s not the only player with this affliction- Chris Dudley is infamous for his poor free throw shooting as was the recently deceased Wilt Chamberlin.
Is it a height thing? All of them are over 6’10. I would think it would be easier to shoot free throws when you’re a bit higher up but that’s apparently not the case. Most of the excellent free throw shooters are point guards and typically under 6’4.
Is it a mechanics/freak of nature thing? Does a person over 6’10 just not have a mechanically smooth shot?
Finally, why don’t they try granny style?