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Dwight Howard says he’s done listening to free throw advice

Dec 7, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

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Dwight Howard and his poor free throw shooting have been the subject of much consternation for the Lakers. Howard is shooting under 47 percent from the line, and has attempted 211 foul shots — more than any other player in the league by a wide margin.

Howard showcases his gregarious personality on the regular with the media, but he clams up when asked about free throws. He doesn’t like to talk about the one area where his skill set is the weakest, yet the questions are going to keep coming as long as he continues to miss and teams continue their plans to strategize against him.

As the Lakers finished shootaround in Oklahoma City on Friday, it was noticed that Steve Nash had some words for Howard regarding his free throws — maybe about his form, maybe about his rhythm, maybe about something else. When asked about Nash’s advice, Howard made it clear that he’s done listening to everyone where his free throw shooting is concerned.

From Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com:

“Listen, he was just suggesting some things, but it’s not something that we’ve already talked about or anybody else has suggested,” Howard said. “My mind cannot get clouded with everybody telling me how to shoot a free throw. I just have to go up there and shoot it my way and not get caught up in what everybody else is saying, because that’s when I miss.”

Howard has a point, but only to a certain extent.

A lot of the free throw thing is mental, especially in game situations when fatigue comes into play, and when there are so many other things going on at that moment that can divert a player’s concentration. In practice, for example, Howard’s percentages are far above those he achieves during his games.

At the same time, Howard can’t afford to shut anyone down who’s trying to help — especially not Nash, who is right there with Mark Price at the top of the all-time leader board for career free throw percentage in NBA history.

  1. jturbo1402003 - Dec 7, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Dwight has already said this word for word while in Orlando. Said he gotta stop listening to everyones advice as he has so many coacges players and friends. Said he had so many different voices saying all different things & it makes his head cloudy.
    Stop taking advice didmt work in Orlando & doubt it works this time. Dude is just mentally soft at the FT line. At practice ben hearing he can hit them w no problem & goes n 20+ makes in a row all the time. His FT % has gpne down almost if not every year. He practices & always works w shooting coaches year round but none of that matters if he isnt capm & relaxed upstairs.
    Dude hust needs to do some kind of meditation & be able to free his mind & block everything & everyone out. Maybe he should say the same phrase to himself a la Karl Malone as that will get his mind thinking of something else. His FT’s r getting worse & w teams using the hack-a-Dwight i c Kobe getting mad & frustrated to the point whete Dwight is gonna have to ride the bench in close games in 4th until 2 minutes left.

  2. charlescub80 - Dec 7, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    ” I get caught up on what everyone else is saying, and that’s when I miss”???? No sir, you miss because you can’t shoot a basketball. Don’t blame people who are trying to help you. Ass

    • charlescub80 - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:33 AM

      Wow it only took 7 hours to post my comment.. Lol!!!

  3. iamjimmyjack - Dec 7, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Hey Dwight. Just shut up and dominate.
    Sincerely,
    lakers fans everywhere

  4. seattlenative57 - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Done listening? Considering his dismal inability to MAKE free throws, it’s hard to believe he’s EVER listened. His FT shooting, form, touch, pace SUCKS! The guy’s a mental midget.

  5. yousuxxors - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Ive always wondered if being mad tall and having giant hands makes it harder to shoot threes

    • scalfor3 - Dec 8, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      It’s always hindered Dirk Nowitzki

  6. doctorfootball - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    When did he start listening?

  7. glink123 - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    dude is SO emotionally fragile. seriously, I don’t get why people consider this clown to be a superstar.

  8. ninthwardfriend - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Boy you ain’t that good. Humble your self and do what it take to get better. You ain’t Shaquille, Kareem, or the Dream, hell you ain’t Ewing or the Chief no disrespect to the Chief or Ewing but this kid just don’t get.

  9. seattlenative57 - Dec 8, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Done listening? When did he start listening?

  10. pariseinminnesotabichez - Dec 8, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    *asian voice* you put ball in net, you score point Dwight

  11. davidly - Dec 8, 2012 at 5:15 AM

    What he says to the press doesn’t necessarily mean he’s not going to consider to what Nash had to say. He’s probably just embarrassed at the media scrutiny. It’s like having to hold a press conference after you see your shrink.

    Frankly, I don’t think all the player interviews–especially the endless stream of obligatory post-game stuff–does anything to make the game any more interesting, and it certainly doesn’t teach anyone anything about basketball.

  12. fats84 - Dec 8, 2012 at 5:21 AM

    Most overrated player in NBA.

  13. BigBeachBall - Dec 8, 2012 at 6:14 AM

    Lakers hired shaq to be his free throw coach…

  14. 24thesho - Dec 8, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    He is just a clown who happens to be big, tall and very lucky. There is nothing going on up there in that pinhead of his except the echos of his family and friends telling him how great he’s been and he doesn’t have to listen to anybody because he has been “entitled” all of his life. Again, he’s a clown and that “Superman” dunk wasn’t really a dunk at all, by the way; but he’s “entitled” so they gave it to him because of that red cape. Unbelievable.

  15. omniusprime - Dec 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Only an idiot thinks that he can do something poorly and not have to listen to advice. By all means he needs to listen when he’s shooting a dismal 47 percent. He needs to listen to one voice about free throws, hopefully from someone who shoots them at a very high percentage. What Dwight really needs to do is practice, practice, practice his free throw shooting until he becomes more proficient.

  16. ejj35 - Dec 9, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    What a drama queen!

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