DeAndre Jordan gets clowned by teammates after free throw airball
With the final roster set for Team USA and the Rio Olympics drawing closer by the day, every opportunity to develop chemistry is important for this team. Although a lot of big names like Lebron James, Stephen Curry, and James Harden have opted out of playing in this year’s Olympics, there is still quite the star studded cast donning the red, white, and blue, and the expectations are still sky-high for this bunch.
One of the more recent additions to Team USA is Los Angeles Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan. He is an athletic rim-protector that should have a good showing this year. While he is a very talented player, he has one glaring weakness that seems to be becoming more and more common with NBA bigs: free throw shooting.
In the dying embers of Sunday’s exhibition match against China, DeAndre Jordan was fouled as he made a basket. He went to the line to complete the three-point play and hilarity ensued. He went through his motions, released the ball, and…airball!
As the camera panned over to the bench, the players could not contain their laughter. Carmelo Anthony, DeMarcus Cousins, and Kevin Durant can be seen grabbing each other and laughing and at their teammate for that hideous attempt.
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) July 25, 2016
In this last season, Jordan shot an abysmal 43% from the charity stripe and is a career 42% free throw shooter. It is because of this weakness that opponents have adopted the “Hack-a-Shaq” method in limiting his team’s offense.
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