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Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard
Position: C
Born: 12/08/85
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:266 lbs. / 120.7 kg.
Salary: $23,500,000
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The son of a psychologist, Rao said it’s the desire to make the shot and delight those fans that forces some shooters to put in extra effort and concentration — a little like Els at the Masters. And that conscious effort can screw it all up. The Rockets tracked Howard’s free throws, and he shot “upper-70s”in the practice gym, according to a team source, but he shot 48.9 percent in games this past season. That’s a 30 percentage point gap.
Howard remembers hitting 465 out of 500 free throws in practice one day with the Los Angeles Lakers. He made 49.2 percent of his in-game freebies that season. “And for the next two or three games, I was really locked in,” Howard said. “But then I started thinking so much about it, I started missing. I was working so hard not to miss, I missed all of them. “Free throw shooting is all mental. In practice, I don’t miss. In warm-ups, I don’t miss. When I get into a game, I hear people say, ‘He’s going to miss,’ and it gets inside my head.”
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Q: What was it that convinced you to sign with the Hawks this time? Dwight Howard: “Really it was the coach and the direction of the team. Talking to (owner) Tony Ressler, his vision for basketball and for the team, it felt like it was the same vision that I have. It’s something I actually dreamed about before I went to Houston, because Atlanta was one of my top choices then. But as I’ve said, I think myself and the team were in different places three years ago than they are today. I’ve seen the growth and change in the team. I’ve seen a lot of growth and change in myself. And it’s like we’ve both hit at the right time.”