NBA: Shaq blames ‘the man upstairs’ for his poor free throw shooting

first_img2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano O’Neal’s shooting was so bad that coaches resorted to the “Hack-A-Shaq” strategy, where opposing players deliberately fouled him since he couldn’t make most of his free throws.The scheme continued long after O’Neal retired, with NBA commissioner Adam Silver placing a new rule to alter the tactic.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:WATCH: Shaq, Kobe reunite in hilarious video for NBA 2K18ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Shaquille O’Neal poses after the unveiling of his statue in front of Staples Center, Friday, March 24, 2017, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)At the peak of his career, retired NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal was arguably the most dominant force the league ever saw, and was merely unstoppable inside the paint due to his massive size and sheer power.However, one thing that held him back was his porous free-throw shooting, averaging an atrocious 52.7 percent throughout his 19-year NBA career.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Cebu Ironman: Amelia Watkinson redeems self after subpar stint last year Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Shaq recently addressed his charity stripe woes to Nina Mandell of USA Today’s For the Win and said that it was all the work of the “higher powers that be.”“The theory is, it was the man way upstairs’ way of keeping me humble,” the 45-year-old Hall of Famer said. “Seriously. Because the way I played, the way I made everyone else around me better, all of the publicity I was doing—imagine if I was doing that and had shot 90 percent from the free throw line. I would have been arrogant. I’d probably be so arrogant. So it was just his way of saying ‘Hey, buddy, you’re just like everybody else.’”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The player-turned-analyst also downplayed speculations that he didn’t work enough on his shooting during his storied career.“I tried to make 200 a day,” Shaq revealed.  “And then when I got really big time and was able to build gyms in my house, I shot all the time. But there’s a difference between playing craps at your house with your boys and going to (a) casino and playing craps. When I’m by myself I shoot like Steve Kerr. But it’s just something about when I’m in a game, there’s pressure, I just tighten up.” Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Romelu Lukaku praised on debut as Manchester United F.C. thrash LA Galaxy

first_imgNew Manchester United signing Romelu Lukaku was unable to score a debut goal in the side’s 5-2 friendly win over LA Galaxy on Saturday but the Belgian striker earned high praise for a solid all-round performance.”He is a team player. He is not selfish and not obsessed with goals,” manager Jose Mourinho told reporters of a player who moved to Old Trafford from Premier League rivals Everton last week.”He was not worried about himself, he was worried about the improvement of the team. So that’s all good.”The Portuguese manager added that it was impossible to compare Lukaku, who cost a reported 75 million pounds ($98.27 million) to Wayne Rooney, Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer, who recently returned to boyhood club Everton.”Comparing Rooney with Lukaku is comparing the incomparable,” Mourinho said, adding that the 24-year-old Belgian serves as a focal point of the team’s attack.The match, played at the intimate 27,000-seat Stubhub Center in Los Angeles, also saw Mourinho hand a debut to Swedish defender Victor Lindelof, a 35 million euro ($40.13 million) acquisition who came on as a second-half substitute.United wasted little time taking control of the contest, scoring early and often to the delight of a partisan crowd that favoured the Red Devils despite their status as the visiting team.The home side are halfway through the domestic campaign and opted to rest several players, their replacements looking sloppy and uninspired in a match that was effectively over once Marcus Rashford had bagged two goals in the first 20 minutes.advertisementMarouane Fellaini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Matrial added the other goals for the visitors, before Galaxy replied with two consolation strikes through Giovani dos Santos and Dave Romney in the closing stages.Manchester United made 11 changes to the side that led 3-0 at halftime as the home side improved after the break in a match watched by former Red Devils and Galaxy star David Beckham, whose appearance on a video screen was greeted with a loud roar.Manchester United continue their North American tour against Real Salt Lake in Utah on Monday, followed by high-profile friendlies against Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona before the side heads back to Europe.last_img read more