Remember when you were, say, 6 years old, and you wanted to get the basketball in the basket? You didn't have what we adults call "muscles" in your shoulders, back or arms, so you did what you could by holding the ball below your knees and hoisting it into the air, using momentum to will that ball toward the hoop.
Well, Dwight Howard is 26 years old, and he may have the biggest muscles in the NBA, but a math professor from an Orlando community college thinks Howard should go back to the form of a first-grader.
Judith A. Chubb emailed Orlando Sentinel writer Mike Bianchi saying that if Howard went with an underhanded foul shot, the higher arc would almost certainly result in an improvement from his .459 free-throw percentage.
"The bottom line is mathematics tells us that steeper arcs make for more accurate foul shots," Chubb wrote.
The bottom line is this: Dwight Howard would look really funny if he were to revert back to the form of a child, but at the same time, it couldn't hurt.
Do you want to see Dwight Howard go with the underhanded free-throw attempt?
"I knew we were going to beat them on Wednesday, to be honest with you."
–Brandon Jacobs, after the Giants stunned the 15-1 Packers on Sunday night
Be careful what you wish for, Pats fans.
If Dwight Howard ends up shooting like a 6-year-old, maybe he should try dribbling like a 4-year-old.
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