Even on his home turf, Giannis Antetokounmpo is called out for his slow free throw shot.
Except for this time, it’s not the Nets scorecard calling the Bucks forward; they are the civil servants.
In Thursday’s Game 3 against Brooklyn, Antetokounmpo was called up for a 10-second violation while shooting his second of two free throws.
In the video, Antetokounmpo receives the ball and takes five seconds before even starting to dribble it. He dribbled the ball six times, before stopping in a crouched position when the officials decided they had seen enough and called him out for the 10-second violation. A clock on the ESPN broadcast showed that it lasted 13.03 seconds.
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Making free throws has been anything but easy for Antetokounmpo this playoff. He has a career success rate of 71.7%, but these playoffs, heading into Thursday’s game, he’s only shooting 53.5%. He was particularly bad against the Nets, having made 2 of 10 free throws in the first two games.
At halftime of Thursday’s game, he was 2-for-7 off the line.
ESPN analyst Jay Williams was ready at halftime for a stat at the expense of Antetokounmpo. He said it takes Usain Bolt less time to execute a 100-meter sprint than it takes Antetokounmpo to shoot a free throw.
“You’d think if you’re shooting 28% from the free throw line tonight, 23% for the streak, why is your routine so long. It should be faster so you don’t spend so much time thinking on shooting and just react and shoot, ”said Williams.
Bolt set the world record for the 100 meters in 2009 in 9.58 seconds. This distance of 100 meters would be the distance of almost three and a half basketball courts.
Yes it is safe to say that Antetokounmpo has to go a little faster on the line.