I sorta like watching NBA players shoot free throws — especially in pressure-packed situations. You can see the visible strain of the moment on their face. There’s no face mask, or helmet, or hat with wraparound Ray-Bans obscuring all that emotion. Around this time of year, those tense free throws happen a lot, too. In particular, DeAndre Jordan and Andre Drummond are deeply fascinating to observe from the stripe. You probably know why, too: They’re really bad at free throws.
So bad, in fact, that the Clippers and the Pistons, respectively, score fewer points per possession than the bottom-dwelling Philadelphia 76ers when DJ and DRE are intentionally sent to the stripe. That’s what ESPN shows with this new animated short film about the escalating incidences of Hack-a-Shaq in the contemporary game (forget the fact they have DJ shooting with the wrong hand).