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Dwight Howard gets rare slow free throw foul, followed by technical

Dec 25, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

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Dwight Howard takes too long on his free throws. A blog name Center’s Little Helper (via TrueHoop) has been ripping him for it for a while — the NBA Rule Book says he can only take 10 seconds, he usually takes a few seconds longer. It’s his way of trying to compensate for his poor free throw shooting, he tries to settle himself. And he has been doing that for a while.

On Christmas Day, on national television, veteran NBA official Bob Delaney called him on it. Midway through the second quarter He called Howard for a violation for taking too long on his free throw. Howard’s second free throw was done and everyone started running back to the other end of the court.

Howard threw the ball to the end line where nobody was standing — not really an overtly angry move but he slowed the game down for throwing it away. So he got a delay-of-game technical. Ray Allen got a free throw and the Celtics got the ball.

Just follow this link to the video.

That gives Howard a league-leading 10 technicals this season.

It was a ballsy call by Delaney because nobody calls that in the NBA — but he was correct. Howard is a regular violator of that rule and he should be called on it.

  1. secdominance - Dec 25, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    I’m fine with it. Howard takes SO LONG to shoot his free throws its annoying. Its not his head that’s keeping his FT % low, its his lousy technique shooting them

  2. steelyres211 - Dec 25, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    I knew he was going to get called on it, because on his previous trip to the foul line, you could see Ray Allen counting it out to the official.

    Maybe Howard should try shooting them quickly because taking his time doesn’t seem to be making a bit of difference.

    • qotsa09 - Dec 26, 2010 at 7:06 PM

      Now they need to call Lebron out on his traveling.

  3. huskerguy - Dec 26, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    Now if they would know what traveling and carrying the ball is, it might actually be a fundamental basketball game.

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