My quick-fix for Dwight Howard’s persistent free-throw woes
You can read my analysis here.
Dennis Hans, unrenowned former adjunct professor of mass comm and American foreign policy, relentlessly exposed the Bush administration’s “techniques of deceit” BEFORE the Iraq war, when it could have made a difference (see links). For decades he has fought baseball’s discrimination against lefthanded infielders and promoted his ingenious clockwise solution. A lifelong advocate for a flowing, non-brutal, flop-free NBA, he now champions the cause of its second-class citizens: the centers.
At 5-9, I am indeed centers’ “little” helper. But my keen sense of justice and fair play leads me to identify with the big guy who gets called for a foul when a guard makes a change-of-direction sideways jump into his torso. Before David Stern took over in 1984 and started appointing incompetents to the key basketball-policy positions, that would have been an obvious offensive foul. Common sense reigned before Stern. It can reign again. I will advocate for rules that are fair, so that centers have as easy a time avoiding foul trouble as guards and forwards. Another Stern Era feature, “Might makes right,” has been great for Shaq and Dwight but disastrous for centers as a whole. Dislodging, long three-second counts, and inside-the-lane posters spreading their arms clothesline-style and/or “walking” the defender under the basket reward brute strength and hurt the game. Also, there’s no reason to give Shane Battier and his ilk a bonus point for sinking a long set shot. Getting rid of the trey will mean more FG attempts for well-rounded centers and unemployment for one-dimensional stiffs, regardless of position. Another thing: If you can't shoot, I can help. firstname.lastname@example.org