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  1. When players talk like stat geeks

    Henry Abbott

    Kevin Martin spreads the gospel of team offensive efficiency at Timberwolves' media day: It's a proven fact, if you hit a high free-throw percentage and you hit a lot of 3-pointers, then you're going to have one of the best offenses in the league. T...

    Blog | October 02, 2013
  2. HoopIdea: Leave that ball alone

    Henry Abbott

    Amir Johnson does not have a reputation as a hot head, nor does he have a history of getting in trouble, yelling at people or, indeed, throwing mouthpieces at referees. But he does have a history of fondling the NBA basketball between free throws....

    Blog | December 11, 2012
  3. David Stern vs. "ludicrous" Hack-a-Shaq

    Henry Abbott

    Much of the NBA is discussing Dwight Howard's inability to hit free throws, and the tactical opportunity that it creates for Los Angeles Lakers' opponents to foul him early and often. Even if Howard is nowhere near the action, if an opponent grabs hi...

    Blog | December 05, 2012
  4. Wednesday Mini-Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    How to make the All-Star team while playing for a losing team. Ramone Shelburne of ESPNLA on Dwight Howard at the line: "According to ESPN Stats & Information, Howard has taken nearly half of the Lakers' free throws in crunch time situations (d...

    Blog | December 05, 2012
  5. Where did J.R. Smith go wrong?

    Henry Abbott

    Son of a coach who learned to make free throws by the age of three. A player whose teammates loved him, who won like crazy, and who got to practice early and stayed late. A player who'd give you the shirt off his back. A player who not only never mis...

    Blog | September 21, 2012
  6. Yao Ming on his friend Jeremy Lin

    Henry Abbott

    The New York Times' Nate Taylor talked to Yao Ming by phone. Lin and Yao are close, with Lin saying he spoke to Yao nightly during the "Linsanity" period this past season. Yao makes it clear that he tried to let Lin make his own free agency decisi...

    Blog | July 25, 2012
  7. Friday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Lamar Odom's fall-off this year has been staggering. What's going on? John Hollinger explains that hack-a-player only works if that player is DeAndre Jordan or Ben Wallace. Even at Dwight Howard's free-throw rate, having him shoot free throws every...

    Blog | January 13, 2012
  8. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: This was supposed to be the season that Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard improved his free-throw shooting. But Howard actually is doing worse from the free-throw line than he ever has. Howard entered Thursday's...

    Blog | January 13, 2012
  9. Wednesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss on WarriorsWorld, talking about poor Andris Biedrins who's massive, strong, tanned, talented and finally healthy again, but hamstrung by evident fear of the free throw line: "He's slowing slipping out of this league. In the la...

    Blog | January 04, 2012
  10. Report: Celts near deal for David West

    Henry Abbott

    From Chris Forsberg, The Boston Celtics are close to reaching a deal with free-agent forward David West, according to an report citing a source close to the situation. West was drafted in 2003 by the Hornets, and has ave...

    Blog | December 10, 2011
  11. Monday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Magic fans should fear Dwight Howard's leading comments in Esquire about ditching Orlando, where -- he points out -- there is a burger named after him. But the other 29 markets should fear his new brainiac robo-free-throw coach: "The only way my game...

    Blog | October 17, 2011
  12. Love on the line: Jan Vesely, kisses, free throws

    Henry Abbott

    Kyle Weidie of Truth About It at the draft, with video insight into the kiss of the night:...

    Blog | June 24, 2011
  13. Practice your free throws mid-game

    Henry Abbott

    P.A. Molumby/NBAE/Getty The more they shoot in a row, the more NBA players' free throw percentages rise. Steve Nash has a pretty weird little ritual. When he heads to the free throw line, before the referee gives him the ball, he takes a moment to ...

    Blog | May 11, 2011
  14. Late Tuesday Mini-Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Hoopdata's Jeff Fogle: "19/21, 12/13, 13/15, 2/4, 6/7, 0/0. Those are Derrick Rose's free throw numbers in chronological order through the playoffs. The first five games are from the Indiana series obviously. The double goose-eggs are from tonight. ...

    Blog | May 03, 2011
  15. What do you think about at the line?

    Henry Abbott

    Nothing at all. With a playoff elimination game on the line, Joel Anthony stepped to the stripe. Later the Heat told Kevin Arnovitz what the 64 percent free-throw shooter thought about as he calmly sank two shots, and the Sixers: "I just try not ...

    Blog | April 28, 2011
  16. Painful routine for the Magic

    Henry Abbott

    Dwight Howard takes a hell of a long time to shoot free throws. You're only supposed to take ten seconds, but as we started talking about in November, the Magic center likes to take far longer. Last night, that led to trouble. From news s...

    Blog | April 07, 2011