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Patterson, though, feels the onus should be on the player — in this case Drummond — to learn to shoot free throws, not on the league to alter the rules to hide this shooting deficiency. “We’ve been working on this our entire lives, every aspect of the game and free throws are part of that,” Patterson said Saturday following practice. “From the time you initially pick up a basketball to the time you put one down, you are doing free throws. No matter if you are 7-foot and 300 pounds or a point guard, it’s an area of the game that anyone can work at and excel at. There are no excuses. No one person gets special treatment. At the end of the day either you can make free throws or you can’t, and there shouldn’t be some type of rule that can be your cape and cover you and protect you.”
Storyline: Hack A Shaq Rule
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McCollum will be the Blazers lone representative at NBA All-Star Weekend — after Lillard was not selected as a reserve last week — and the honor is well-deserved. He was already planning on being in Toronto for Player’s Union meetings and to do some media work, but this will be the first time McCollum is participating in All-Star weekend. “That young man has to be in the running for most improved (player award),” Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said. “To come from where he comes from. Again, he was a born scorer. He was a big time scorer in college, but kind of just finding his way here. Coach Stotts and his staff have done a great job of bringing him along and developing him. Where he is now is unbelievable.”