Dwight Howard Shoots Free Throws Better in Practice When Blind
The Houston Rockets believe they landed the hottest free agent this summer since LeBron James headed to South Beach to join the Miami Heat. Dwight Howard left the Los Angeles Lakers and joined forces with James Harden in effort to compete for a championship.
One of the biggest downfalls about Howard outside of his selfish, cocky, needy, egotistic, whiny attitude is his inability to knock down his free throws — especially when the game is on the line. As a career 57.7 percent free throw shooter, Howard took that down a notch last year when he shot a measly 49 percent from the charity stripe.
Well, the problem may be fixed if reports out of Houston are true. Recently, the Houston Chronicle reported that Howard challenged Harden to a blind free throw contest; whoever made the most out of 10 would win. Apparently, Howard hit eight of them to go on and beat his teammate.
“I might have to start [shooting with] my eyes closed in games,” Howard said, according to the Chronicle. “I have a good percentage. I am 8 for 10 with my eyes closed.”
Howard told the Chronicle that he has been working hard on his free throws over the offseason and that he’s been shooting more blind free throws, if you can believe that.
“There is a guy who has the world record for most free throws made and he told me to do that drill and it’s good for trusting your form,” Howard said, again according to the Chronicle. “You can’t see nothing, so you have to trust your form and trust that it goes in.”