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Kevin Durant's shoulder shimmy is another unique foul-line tradition, but does having a ritual help?
Kevin Durant's shoulder shimmy he does before every free throw is the latest in a long line of different foul-shot rituals by NBA players. He says it doesn't help him make the shots, but former Southern Nazarene University coach and free throw expert Jim Poteet disagrees. PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN
Other more popular rituals in recent years came from former Utah guard Jeff Hornacek, who would rub the right side of his face as a way of saying hello to his children. Jazz forward Karl Malone talked quietly to himself and took the entire allotted time of 10 seconds, or more depending on who you ask. And former center Alonzo Mourning used to pause just before shooting to kiss his left wristband and blot his brow.
“It doesn't help you miss or make a free throw,” Durant said of the rituals. “But guys just like to have their own unique little deal.”
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