Basketball

Class in session for foul shooting

Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach Jeff Capel is astounded that so many NBA players are deficient foul-shooters, since it's the easiest aspect of the game to practice.

“You have 10 seconds (to shoot a free throw) and nobody is allowed to move. Everyone should be at minimum 80 percent,” said Capel, who has worked with four Bobcats to bring them up to par.

Capel breaks down each of those players' challenge to become a better foul-shooter:

Jason Richardson

(career .701 at the line):

“With Jason, his rhythm was really bad; he gets in a hurry. So I yell out, ‘Slow down, big fella, slow down!'”

Gerald Wallace

(career .665 at the line):

“Gerald's thing is to remember ‘Up, not out.' He has a tendency to shoot out and his free throws get flat, almost on a line.”

Emeka Okafor

(career .597 at the line):

“Emeka's biggest thing is balance (at the foul line). He's moving, he's falling back. I tell Emeka, if you have to fall (during a free throw), then fall in, so your momentum is toward the basket.”

Jared Dudley

(career .737 at the line):

“Jared's problem is trajectory. He doesn't think it's a problem – and he is a good shooter – but his arc is way too high. That means when he plays more minutes and his legs get tired, (the high arc) will cause his shot to fall short.”

Rick Bonnell
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