Was LeBron James’ Left-Handed Free Throw a Sign of Pomp or Circumstance?

April 28th, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
LeBron James stepped to the free-throw line in last night's Game Four matchup with the Chicago Bulls needing only to sink the first attempt in order to give his team a two-possession advantage in a close game.

James calmly swished the first through, then curiously attempted the second free throw with his left hand. James missed the shot, but the Cavaliers went on to defeat the Bulls and advance to the second round of the playoffs.

After the game James went on to explain he was dealing with some discomfort from a right shoulder injury he had sustained earlier in the series but that he didn't think it was serious enough to merit any attention.

ESPN was of the opinion that no one would have even suspected James was injured if not for his awkward free-throw attempt, so what was his motivation for the left-handed lob in the first place?

I can understand their point, and considering James' issues from the free-throw line in end-game situations, why not use the moment to improve your free-throw percentage in preparation for the time it really matters?

If a player wants to shoot a free throw underhanded, then that's their preroga ...

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