New York Knicks center Joakim Noah is really bad at shooting free throws. How bad? So far this season, he’s shooting a miserable 41.7 percent from the line. (To give that number some context, even Shaquille O’Neal, one of the most notoriously awful free throw shooters the game has ever seen, was 52.7 percent from the line in his NBA career)
But even by Noah’s poor standard, his attempt during the first quarter of the Knicks-Pacers game on Monday was just so, so comically bad.
He seemed to kind of push the ball towards the basket with his right hand. It missed to the left by at least a foot.
“Whoa!” TNT announcer Marv Albert said.
This was a dreadful miss. Any airball is bad enough on a foul shot. This one didn’t even come close to touching the rim.
Noah knew it the moment the ball left his hands. He immediately grimaced, and, like Albert, appeared to say “Whoa!”
“If he closed his eyes, he could not duplicate that shot right there,” said TNT analyst Reggie Miller, one of the greatest free throw shooters in the history of the game.
His colleague, Grant Hill, disgreed.
“I think he could,” Hill said, to laughter.
Watch above, via TNT.
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