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Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:25 am
Edited on: January 13, 2012 1:51 am
 
Posted by Ben Golliver howard-free-throw

Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard set an all-time NBA record for free throws attempted in a game by shooting 39 free throws during a Thursday night win over the Golden State Warriors.

Howard shattered the previous record set by Hall of Fame center Wilt Chamberlain, who attempted 34 free throws for the Philadelphia Warriors in a February 22, 1962 game against the St. Louis Hawks. Chamberlain's record stood for more than 49 years.

Howard connected on 21 of his 39 attempts, finishing with 45 points on 12-21 shooting in 44 minutes. The 45 points matched his regular season career-high, set in a February 17, 2009 game against the Charlotte Bobcats.

His previous best for free throw attempts in a game was 24, which he had done four times.

Warriors center Andris Biedrins and forward David Lee both fouled out of the game. Reserve big man Ekpe Udoh was also whistled for five fouls. The Warriors announced earlier Thursday that starting center Kwame Brown is out for at least three months after he tore a muscle in his chest that will require surgery to fix.

The Magic defeated the Warriors, 117-109, at Oracle Arena.
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:42 pm
 

Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

(BTW, watching his form on FTs makes me wince almost as much as watching Barkley with a driver in his hands. I have to believe he's heard from many people all the things he's doing wrong on FTs, which again reinforces the level of arrogance he must have that he's unwilling to change any of it.)



Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:39 pm
 

Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

This is one of those records that's kinda ironic.  After all, if Dwight Howard actually sank most of his free throws in the game, he probably wouldn't have ended up with 39 attempts because the Magic would have had a large enough lead to let him rest. 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:33 pm
 

Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

Dude, shooting buckets is like riding a bicycle, the muscle memory doesn't just go away.  But even so, it's all about repetition.  I guarantee you that if you went out every 2-3 weeks and put up a couple hundred shots with your weak hand, you'd see a HUGE improvement over the course of a year.  It's not something I acquired in a couple weeks, it took awhile.  Basically, I made a resolution to take a hundred left-handed shots a day for one summer.  Doesn't seem like it would be too much to ask a "professional" to do the same with his freethrows, but actually work on his technique and not just hoist them up.



Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:30 pm
 

Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

Congrats to D12



Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:19 pm
 

Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

Yeah, Mousse, except you're lying and I'm not.  There's the difference.  The point is simple: if I can train myself to shoot lefthanded as an amateur, surely a "professional" can take the time to learn how to shoot a free throw with his dominant hand.
So, now you trained yourself to shoot lefthanded, but you only shoot buckets once every 2-3 weeks (according to your previous post). Something doesn't add up. I'm sure other people (besides me) are snickering at your rediculous claims.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:02 pm
 

Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

joez, exactly WHEN is freethrow shooting going to "come" for Howard?  Expecting something to change after all these years without doing anything differently is one definition of insanity.  This is a prime example of why there's MJ and then everyone else.  He worked on EVERYTHING, wasn't satisfied with being mediocre at ANYTHING.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:56 am
 

Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

Yeah, Mousse, except you're lying and I'm not.  There's the difference.  The point is simple: if I can train myself to shoot lefthanded as an amateur, surely a "professional" can take the time to learn how to shoot a free throw with his dominant hand.  But I guess he's too busy plotting an exit strategy to work on his game.



Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:54 am
 

Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

Too many negative people here! Howard does so much more for the team than he does at the free throw line. I agree that he needs to up his game at the line but leave him alone about the free throws, it will come believe me! You don't need to compare him to anyone because he is his own person. Quit the negaive B.S. there is no need for it. There is more imprtant places to put your energy. Howard is an awesome player, (all around) We all have our faults. I believe he will stay because he will make more money here in Orlando than anywhere else! He will make 100 Million here where any where else he will only make 75 million. Orlando will get another guy to help him, and they will help him and ask him who he wants. There is no other team right now who is blowing anyone away that his agent has talked to. So chill right now and let him play. Howard is Howard and he is Great at what he does, forget about the free throws, the Media is just hypin it so they can have a story to get you pissed of!! Relax!!



Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:22 am
 

Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

Hell, I hit twenty FTs in a row the other day with my left-frickin-hand, and I get out there and shoot buckets once every 2-3 weeks.
Yeah! And I went out this morning and made 30 in a row with my left hand and my eyes closed. Last night I went golfing, and scored an 18 using my putter! That's 18 hole-in-one's in a row (and I do it all the time). Also, the last time I played baseball I scored 11 home runs out of 11 at-bats (without a single strike).

See how easy that is.....



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:13 am
 

Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

This is so misguided.  So you mean to tell me cptmastershake, that you have never told a lie in your life?  Whats even better is that you are telling me that you never took time to make a tough decision nor wanted to be paid?  I'm sorry, I don't believe you.  Get real.  Also when did he ever lie?  I missed that one, last time I checked he said he wanted to stay in Orlando.  How do you know that he doesn't?  Just because he wants to win and doesn't think he can do that in Orlando doesn't mean that he doesn't want to be in Orlando.  Doesn't make sense?  Thats because you're not thinking.  Do you think Lebron wanted to go to Miami?  No, if he could have won a ring in Cleveland he'd much rather have had that, but it didn't happen.  Lets frame it with a comparasion you may be able to understand.

Say you are working for a company, making around 70k a year.  Your career goal is to be VP of a company but the company you are currently with do not have any open slot and won't for some time.  You like your job and you like where you live, you don't want to leave, but you do want to have an oppourtonity to reach your goal.  You are just not sure you can do that where you are at.  Now another job comes along, in another city offering a shot of making VP in 5 years.  Now tell me thats a decision you wouldn't need to think about.  Then lets imagine for a second that it was big news in your local city and the press was stickign microphones in your face everyday trying to see what you are going to do.  Yea you may do some waffling.  The two ideas are not mutually exclusive.  You can still want to stay where you are at, but leave because you want to accomplish your goals, it all depends on which one you value the most.  Howard simply  may just value winning championships over keping the fans in Magic happy.  Either way he doesn't owe you or any of the fans anything.  Just because you watch on TV or buy tickets and merchandise doesn't mean you can tell him how to live his life.  Sure, if you didn't buy in he wouldn't make the salary he makes but that goes for any business. 

Also about the technical fouls, last night was a prime example why he or anyone would get a lot of technical fouls; you mean to tell me you wouldn't lose your cool a couple of times with grown men fouling you all the time, night in , night out for 82 games?  Please and thats not even bad.  You can get a technical foul for cursing which is somthing most people do anyway.  I don't but I don't consider you a bad guy for cursing.      So requesting Gilbert Arenas says something about his character?  Really?  Are you thinking this through?  Do you think Dwight cares about Gilbert's incident?  No, he cares about winning on the court and if that was a move that he thought would make them better then there isn't anything wrong with it.  Its not like he could just request Kobe Bryant or Ray Allen and they could make it happen.  Just like my co-workers don't care about my past they just want my work to get done so we can excel as a team, I don't care about what they done in the past either, its not my business.

I never said that Dwight doesn't need to make his free throws.  I just said don't hate on him because he missed some free throws.  For one that team would be nothing without him, you want to pick on his one real weakness?  Thats like being mad at Superman cause he can't keep his powers against kryponite.  He gets fouled because that is the only way the other team had of stopping him, he is that good.  Thats why he gets paid.  Also if you think Dwight Howard isn't working on his free throws that just ignorant.  It has been documented several times by NBA anaylst that he works on it.  Its just not that simple for big men to just get better at shooting free throws.  Some can but many can't. 

Seriously look at Dwight's team.  Who is the next best player on that team?  Now look at the Heat, Celtics, Lakers, Oklahoma City just to name a few.  Take the second best player on their teams and compare them to the second best player on the Magic.  That might explains why he says he needs more people around him.  Like I said if you'd stop hating at look at the situation logically, then you'd see that Dwight is not a bad guy - neither is Lebron but there is no point in arguing that one - and there is nothing wrong with what Dwight is doing.  He has every right to play where he wants to play to persue his goals.  No one tells you where to work so why should we tell him?  I think if we can take the emotion out of it, you'll see that I'm right. 




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