9. Draw the upper part of your shooting arm back so that you create an L with the lower part of the arm. The elbow of your shooting arm should be tucked in and directly below the hand. Cock your wrist at about a 60-degree angle.
10. In one fluid motion remove your guide hand from the ball and flick the wrist toward the rim. The last fingers to remain in contact with the ball should be your index and middle fingers.
11. Follow through so that your fingers point toward the rim.
12. When shooting two, step away from the foul line after your first shot, so that a teammate will not shake or slap your hand. The encouragement is distracting.
13. Take 500 free throws a day in practice in the off-season and 100 a day in season. Keep track of how you're doing.
On Free Throw Shooting
You've got to create an empty gym for yourself. You're on the line, the fans are screaming, the game's tied—you've got to make yourself think you're alone, no pressure. Free throws are your only chance in basketball to be selfish. It's your time, so enjoy it. I want to be on the line. You've got to have good mechanics, and you've got to practice. Summer is the time to really practice free throws. If you practice, you feel like you should make them in games. You're not standing on the line praying them in. You're shooting them in. You feel that you deserve to make them.
Big Men, Soft Hands
(Minimum 500 free throws)
Rik Smits (above), center, Pacers, .774
Arvydas Sabonis, center, Trail Blazers, .778