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Here’s two minutes of Jermaine O’Neal causing lane violations with his free throw shooting motion (VIDEO)

Mar 25, 2014, 11:02 PM EDT

It was honestly a bit surprising to discover that Jermaine O’Neal, now in his 18th NBA season and currently with the Golden State Warriors, is a career 71 percent free throw shooter, and is hitting almost 75 percent of his attempts this season.

Watch his shooting motion over and over again in the video clip above, and you’ll see why that’s counterintuitive, to say the least.

The hitch at the top of his stroke acts as a de facto pump fake, and opposing players fall for it over and over again by stumbling into the lane before the ball is released.

It’s a violation if the referees choose to call it, which can be hit or miss at best. But the scouting reports on O’Neal are apparently woefully incomplete where most teams are concerned, considering that he’s been all about this awkward motion for so many years.

  1. timb12 - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Chuck Hayes had the same thing. I loved it when he was in Houston.

    • ranfan12 - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      True. Took him longer to control it and improve the shot though lol.

  2. aldavis4president - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Lmao that’s hilarious.

  3. savvybynature - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Excellent song choice too :)

  4. 00maltliquor - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:39 AM

    18 years. Crazy. Doesn’t feel that long ago when he was buried on Portland’s PF depth chart before he was even a Pacer.

  5. jcmeyer10 - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    He was tough playing him in NBA2k12

  6. JMClarkent - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    It weird because it never really stops – he just suddenly kills all of the momentum and goes suuuuperrrr slooooow.

  7. pbtunpaidwriter - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:59 PM


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