(LOS ANGELES) — As the Los Angeles Lakers continue to struggle as a team, center Dwight Howard is tired of hearing about his struggles from the free throw line.
It is safe to say that the Lakers have been perhaps the most disappointing team so far during the young NBA season, and part of it has to do with Howard’s poor performance from the charity stripe.
Howard’s struggles from the line have been so bad, that among 137 qualified players, Howard’s .477 FT% is last in the NBA. Howard, who has a career FT percentage of .584, is by far having his worst season of his career at the free throw line.
“My mind cannot get clouded with everybody telling me how to shoot a free throw,” Howard told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “I just have to go up there and shoot it my way and not get caught up in what everybody else is saying, because that’s when I miss.”
In his first season with the Lakers, Howard is averaging 18.8 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN