If you chose not to wake up at 7:30 a.m. this morning to watch the Houston Rockets play the New Orleans Pelicans in a pre-season game over in Beijing, you missed a lot! And by a lot, I mean Rockets rookie Chinanu Onuaku shooting free throws underhand as if that were totally acceptable and millions of people weren’t going to see it on TV and the internet when they woke up a few hours later.
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Onuaku, who shot just 46 percent from the charity stripe as a freshman at Louisville, turned to the “Granny style” in his sophomore year at the insistence of head coach Rick Pitino. And it worked, sort of. Onuaku brought his free-throw percentage up by 12 points, but he still shot below 60 percent from the line, even with his new form.
Onuaku has no plans to retire the Granny shot now that he’s reached the NBA, as he showed in this morning’s game. He went 2-for-2 from the line (that’s 100 percent, y’all!) shooting underhand, earning a huge ovation from the overseas crowd.
“I really don’t care what people think,” Onuaku told Sports Illustrated while he was at Louisville. “As long as I get a bucket, I’m fine.”
Props to Onuaku for shooting underhand with no fear. He’s a better man than I.