- Dwyane Wade honored that Kobe Bryant paid him one-of-a-kind compliment in his book
- Jimmy Butler on why Miami Heat’s defense has been elite: ‘We got rid of Derrick Jones Jr.’
- Report: Kendrick Nunn partners with NBPA to help single fathers in Chicago
- Report: Victor Oladipo to seek specialist’s evaluation regarding timetable for knee injury
- Erik Spoelstra declines to answer whether Victor Oladipo will play for Miami Heat again this season
- Dewayne Dedmon offers fantastic response when asked what he’s willing to do for Miami Heat
- Report: Victor Oladipo increasingly unlikely to receive ‘anything near’ maximum deal this offseason
- Kendrick Nunn shows he’s been fully vaccinated and exclaims COVID-19 ‘can kiss my a–‘
- Gabrielle Union dedicates lengthy, heartfelt tribute to DMX
- Report: Victor Oladipo will not travel with Miami Heat on upcoming road trip
Hassan Whiteside to Bring Back Jump Shot at Free-Throw Line
- Updated: October 30, 2016
The culprit? The 7-foot center hasn’t been jumping on his free throws like he did last season.
After making only 174 of the first 333 free throws of his NBA career, Whiteside started shooting jump shots at the free-throw line in the middle of last season. The result was fantastic, as Whiteside made 75 percent of his free throws after the 2016 All-Star break.
However, in the Heat’s first two games this season, the big man has been using more of a flat-footed technique, and has been an underwhelming 4-of-11 (36.4 percent) from the line.
“I’m going to go back to how I was shooting it last year,” Whiteside said after Saturday’s practice. “It ain’t going to be no problem. I really think the ones I missed was like in and out. It’s not like I’m up there shooting and hitting the side of the backboard or something.”
After adjusting his form midway through last season, Whiteside shot a career-high 65 percent from the line. Now, with a fresh start, the 27-year-old can take his percentage to even greater heights.
The Heat (1-1) take on the San Antonio Spurs (3-0) Sunday night at 6:00 pm E/T.