It is not true. Free throws are not free.
If free throws were free, don’t you think that Jodie Meeks would take more of them? If these throws were just lying around free on the court, don’t you think Meeks, 90.6 % shooter at the line, would have taken more than 85 in 1644 minutes last season? Just 85 free throws in more than 27 hours on the court.