The free throw. It’s either a basketball player’s best friend or worst enemy.
While shooting percentages of the uncontested 15-footer have steadily increased since the beginnings of the NBA—the league average is better than 75 percent in nine of the past 10 seasons—some of its best players still struggle with the shot.
The December announcement by the NBA’s New Orleans franchise that they would officially change their nickname from the Hornets to the Pelicans for the 2013-14 season, with the new logos and color scheme coming on Jan. 24, came with plenty of speculation and commentary. What it should also signal though, is a slight, but inevitable, domino effect.
Call me a defender of animal rights, a proponent of PETA or a backer of the bug, but I for one say don’t allow the hornet to go extinct, not even for one season.
By accepting the head coaching position with the Philadelphia Eagles last week, Chip Kelly also welcomed the rigors of running the preeminent team in one of the country’s toughest sports cities—the same place that infamously booed and threw snow at Santa.