Rockets’ Chinanu Onuaku Shocks Dwight Howard By Shooting An Underhand Free Throw
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Wilt Chamberlain tried shooting underhand for a few games but then quit because he said “I felt like a sissy.” Shaq once said he rather shoot 0% than shoot under hand free throws like the great Rick Barry. Dwight Howard also rejected the thought when Rick Barry personally approached him and asked if he wanted to be trained to make them underhanded.
“I’ve got good form and I have confidence in my shot,” Dwight replied. “I don’t need to shoot underhanded free throws.”
One player who isn’t “too cool” to shoot free throws the way Rick Barry did – at a success rate of .947 in his best season – is the Houston Rocket’s NBA rookie Chinanu Onuaku.
During Friday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, Onuaku attempted the underhand shot in front of former Rocket and probably still awful free-throw shooter Dwight Howard
“Oh wow,” Said as surprised Howard after watching Onuaku miss the first attempt while being interviewed.” That threw me off for a sec.
“I’ve never seen that since Will Smith, not Will Smith, but Wilt Chamberlain.”
Onuaku made the 2nd but he’s just as bad as Dwight from the charity stripe so don’t be surprised to see Hack-A-Onuaku replace the Hack-A-Howard in Houston.
"Check it out, Dwight!" a fan yelled as Chinanu Onuaku shot an underhanded free throw while Dwight Howard conducted an interview courtside.
— Kevin Pelton (@kpelton) July 9, 2016