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Did Jermaine O'Neal really just hit two free throws shooting with the wrong hand? That's pretty impressive!

UPDATE: To clarify, this wasn't just some stunt. He injured his right hand during the play before, and if he left the game to recover before shooting the free throws he wouldn't be eligible to re-enter later. So he had no real choice but to stand there, in pain, and shoot the shots lefty. And made them both. Impressive.

March 3, 2005 | Permalink


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Missed it. Watching Shaq and the Heat destroy the Nets instead.

Free Ron Artest!

Posted by: Petey | Mar 3, 2005 9:44:44 PM

someone should remind him to shoot with the hand he holds his fork with.

kidding aside, it is not so impressive. Larry Bird use to shoot wrong handed and talk trash about it during games. And last season, while Kobe Bryant was recovering from a right shoulder injury, he was taking bets from LA reporters that he could make half-court shots left handed. And he would win.

Posted by: cedichou | Mar 3, 2005 10:05:30 PM

why did he use the wrong hand?

Posted by: c. | Mar 3, 2005 10:05:37 PM

I remember reading that Bird is ambidextrous. About the only thing he did right-handed was shooting a basketball.

Posted by: Haggai | Mar 3, 2005 10:14:20 PM

Wow, just flipped over to TNT and see that the Nuggets are beating the Pacers by 20 points at the end of the third.

Good thing O'neal's focused and not goofing around.

Posted by: SoCalJustice | Mar 3, 2005 10:17:20 PM

"I remember reading that Bird is ambidextrous. About the only thing he did right-handed was shooting a basketball."

Wouldn't that make him left-handed instead of ambidextrous?

Posted by: Petey | Mar 3, 2005 10:23:05 PM

I think it was that he could do just about anything with either hand, but preferred to use his left hand off the court.

Posted by: Haggai | Mar 3, 2005 10:56:04 PM

What it reminds me of is the guy at Loyola Marymount shooting lefty in tribute to his dead left-handed teammate.

Posted by: Thlayli | Mar 3, 2005 11:05:59 PM

If we're lucky, we'll get Pistons/Suns as the Finals matchup.

Gotta love that Tayshaun.

Posted by: Petey | Mar 3, 2005 11:18:19 PM

Thyalyi -- Bo Kimble shooting for Hank Gathers.

One of the best college basketball games ever was LSU (wth Chris Jackson, Shaq and Stanley Roberts) over Loyola Marymount (with Kimble and Gathers) 148-141 in 1990.

Posted by: Matt | Mar 3, 2005 11:28:09 PM


You're thinking of Bo Kimble, honoring Hank Gathers. Kimble shot the first free throw of every game left handed and never missed one. Loyola went on a run in the tournament that year (1990?), unitl they ran into the buzz saw that was UNLV.

Posted by: Coach K | Mar 3, 2005 11:30:44 PM

Basketball is for pussies. :)

Posted by: carla | Mar 3, 2005 11:40:02 PM

I'm pro-pussy.

Posted by: Petey | Mar 3, 2005 11:50:13 PM

Michael Jordan used to do it with his eyes closed. You might think that is amazing, but the story doesn't end there. Michael Jordan was born blind.

Posted by: mikey | Mar 4, 2005 6:27:38 AM

Re: Jermaine O'Neal


Posted by: J. | Mar 4, 2005 8:13:29 AM

Not who, but who cares? I'll go out on what looks to be a pretty sturdy limb to say that O'Neal minus Artest isn't enough for Indiana to make the playoffs. The 76er's will overtake them for the 8th spot.

J. O'Neal is a very good power forward (he's certainly not a center in the traditional sense) but his rep is overhyped because he plays in the East.

Posted by: Bragan | Mar 4, 2005 9:47:55 AM

Big deal. The guy gets paid millions to play basketball. I don't, and I can still make free throws with either hand. It's called practice.

Posted by: Jon K | Mar 4, 2005 12:37:07 PM

Jon K, a little bitter?

Posted by: Raab | Mar 4, 2005 1:23:44 PM

O'Neal didn't injure his right hand, he dislocated his right shoulder, had it popped back into place on the sidelines, and then shot his free throws -- making both of them -- so that he could potentially come back into the game later (if someone shot his free throws for him, he couldn't come back).

To me, it's rather impressive. Maybe even as impressive as Jordan doing it blindfolded back in the day (and that's amazing that he was born blind...didn't know that one)

Posted by: rdturpin | Mar 4, 2005 2:53:36 PM

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