Growing up I was always taller than the other kids. That meant when it came to basketball I would play a forward instead of a point guard. For those who have never played the game, a forward is one of the taller guys who gets the rebounds for the outlet. You often get fouled so my coach taught me how to shoot a basketball the most effective way. Coach Tom was quite the blessing because I made so many free-throws because of him. We won several games alone due to our free-throw abilities. Being confident enough to step to the line, knowing in your mind these are free points.
After the game coaches would even shake our hands and tell us about our free-throws. It was all thanks to Coach Tom teaching us these drills and making us shoot them before practice ended that day. After games we would sit in the locker room and look at analytics for the game. Something we didn’t have to go over was free-throws because if you took all the points away from them then we would of lost a majority of our games. A lot of coaches like to say that the game is won at the free-throw line.
Granted having good players and drills and good coaching never hurts. I know some teams even told their players not to foul us because of how our coach taught us how to shoot a basketball. I don’t think many teams could honestly say they beat us because of something other than just simply being better. In some cases the players were taller, faster, and even stronger. We still managed to beat them all because of foul shots and good team chemistry. In the end nothing beats good coaching and practice. When it comes down to it learning how to shoot a basketball was the best mistake I ever made.