Tag:free throws
Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:32 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 5:16 pm

John Kuester may need new scouting reports

Posted by Matt Moore

This is going to come across like I think all coaches should have an encyclopedic knowledge of all 15ish players on all other 29 teams beyond their own. Not at all. But John Kuester may not have done his homework to the degree best of his ability. From the Detroit Free Press after Kevin Martin logged 15 free throws in the Rockets' 97-83 win over the Pistons, Kuester lobbed this quote out there: 
"I'm amazed Kevin Martin could get that many free throws," Kuester said. "I never knew he was a post player. We have to work through those things. The mental composure has to come through."
Okay, well, maybe that did come out of nowhere. 

Or, maybe not. 

Take it away, Ziller!
For the record, Martin's 15 FTAs on Tuesday don't register among his career top 20 free throw performances. Martin has had at least 20 free throws in a game four times, and at least 15 in 32 games. This wasn't exactly a fluke.

What's more, Kuester coached against Martin three times last season; Martin averaged more than nine free throw attempts a game in those contests, and had 12 in one of the matches.

Even more ridiculous? Kuester was a top assistant with the Cavaliers in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 season. Martin, then with the Kings, played against Cleveland three times. His free throw totals in those games: 14, 17 and 18. So in the last three seasons, Martin had averaged 12.8 free throws a game against Kuester's teams, and yet Kuester is amazed -- amazed -- Martin could get 15 in one game.
 via Pistons Coach John Kuester Is Not An Expert On Kevin Martin, Possibly The NBA - From Our Editors - SBNation.com.

So just to review: 
John Kuester was amazed that Kevin Martin, who is a premier scorer in this league, was surprised that Kevin Martin did something he has done nearly each time he's played, and in particular each time he's played against a Kuester-coached team. Martin is a tricky, crafty player with good length and excellent ball fakes. It's hardly a wonder that he was able to pull in that many freebies. 

Just sayin', Coach. Should have saw this coming. 
Posted on: June 28, 2010 4:03 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 6:02 pm

Ball don't lie. No, seriously, ball does not lie.

You've heard the phrase. You've seen the blog . You know the drill. "Ball don't lie." The infamous Rasheed-Wallace-penned quote that has since become a fixture in NBA lexicon. Turns out, Sheed was actually tapping into something buried deep in our subconcious. That's right. Rasheed Wallace has a higher level of astral convergence than you. Deal with that.

Fringe NBA blog FreeDarko today has the first in a series of posts looking at social psychology and the NBA. Wait, don't run! This is actually kind of interesting! The post outlines a paper in the Journal of Experimental Psychology" that has to do with the performance of NBA players at the free throw line, following an erroneous foul call . You can read more about the paper at FD, but here's the punchline:

"...the authors calculated free throw percentage for the first shot after these incorrect calls, which turned out to be a whoppingly low 53.2%, substantially lower than the league average for the season on first-shot free throws, 73.6% (the league average was 77.8% for second-shot free throws). This suggests inequity aversion--players felt significantly less comfortable making a free throw after receiving an unjust foul call."

It's a bizarre trend that may be more coincidence than anything else, but the numbers are pretty staggering. Who knew there was such a thing as a "guilt miss?"

-Matt Moore

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