Art of the Free Throw

Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards

The Shot:


The Free Throw:
Like many NBA players, Gilbert Arenas has developed his own style at the charity stripe. But unlike many of his peers, the All-Star guard had a practical reason for developing his routine. "I started it to get some rest from running up and down the court, and it's pretty much a habit now."

While that may seem innocent enough, there was another reason for his pre-shot routine. "Also, kids always want to see something then copy it," added the Wizards floor-leader, smiling. "Kids started to copy Richard Hamilton when he made it to the playoffs for the first time. So I said, I might as well make my own up."

The Ritual:
The ritual begins when Arenas receives the ball from the referee. He spins it around his waist three times, and a ball spin and two dribbles follow. From there, it's all concentration and eyes on the basket.

“Everything is mental, but if you just remember to stay with your same technique you will be fine. If you stay confident, make sure you are doing the same thing over and over, the free throws will fall."