The 76ers eventually resorted to Hack-a-Dre in an attempt to slow down Andre Drummond, and why not? Even if it offends him, nothing else was working. He finished the game just 7-18 (.389) from the free-throw line:
You know what's crazy? Shooting 38.6 percent actually improved his mark on the year -- he came into the night shooting 28.6 percent.
His performance Sunday prompted another round of Twitter conversation about whether he should attempt to shoot underhanded. Ethan Strauss suggested as much this summer in an open letter, to which Drummond eventually replied:
Let me make this clear.... I'm not shooting free throws underhand.. #Relax— Andre Drummond (@DRE_DRUMMOND_) August 17, 2013
Maybe it's pride, but c'mon. I'm with noted NBA gambler Haralabos Voulgaris, who tweeted the following Sunday afternoon:
I find the attitudes of some of these athletes funny, You are 6’10 270 shooting underhand isn’t going to make you less of a man.— Haralabos Voulgaris (@haralabob) December 1, 2013
For more on the merits of the granny shot, check out this longform on Rick Barry. But in the meantime, the rest of the NBA should take solace in the fact that Drummond has at least one weakness -- albeit one that can't stop him from still putting up absolutely unworldly numbers.