For all the incredible things LeBron James has done on the basketball court, free throws have always been somewhat of an Achilles heel. James has never shot better than 78 percent from the charity stripe, a surprisingly low number for a player of his caliber. He has especially struggled in the early goings this season, shooting just 61 percent from the line through eight games, by far the worst of his career.
James, always cognizant of his game, seems to have noticed. In a win over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, he could be seen taking a step back with his left leg, then bringing it back up to the free-throw line before getting into his shooting motion—something he hadn’t done before. Then at the Cavs practice this afternoon, James practiced free throws using that same motion. Apparently, the left leg step-up gives he King some forward momentum as he goes into his shot.
We’ll see if it helps. With this new kink, James shot 8-of-12 from the line against the Jazz, so he’s still not knocking them down like he wants. We’ll continue to monitor his progress.