Giannis Antetokounmpo from Bucks known as for a 10-second free throw violation towards Nets
Giannis Antetokounmpo is also called on his home court because of his slow free throw.
Other than that time, it’s not the Nets scoreboard that calls out the Bucks striker; it’s the officials.
During Thursday’s Game 3 against Brooklyn, Antetokounmpo was called for a 10-second violation when he shot his second of two free throws.
In the video, Antetokounmpo takes the ball and takes five seconds before he even starts dribbling it. He proceeds to dribble the ball six times before pausing in a crouched position when the officials decide they have seen enough and call him for the 10 second violation. A clock on ESPN’s broadcast indicated it was 13.03 seconds.
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Taking free throws was anything but easy for Antetokounmpo this postseason. He has a career success rate of 71.7 percent, but this postseason, which comes into play on Thursday, he only shoots 53.5 percent. He was particularly terrible against the Nets, having made 2 out of 10 free throws in the first two games.
At halftime of Thursday’s game, he was 2 to 7 off the line.
ESPN analyst Jay Williams was ready for a statistic at half-time at Antetokounmpo’s expense. He said it took Usain Bolt less time to run a 100-yard run than Antetokounmpo to take a free throw.
“You’d think if you shoot 28 percent from the free throw line tonight, 23 percent for the series, why is your routine so long? It should be faster so you don’t spend as much time thinking about the shot and” just react and shoot, “said Williams.
Bolt set the world record for the 100-meter run in 2009 with 9.58 seconds. That 100 meter distance would be the distance of almost three and a half basketball courts.
Yes, it’s safe to say that Antetokounmpo has to be a little faster on the line.