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  • - Hey guys, I'm Steven, and I'm a huge NBA fan.

  • But, one thing I don't get is how some of the best players in the world,

  • just can't hit their free throws consistently.

  • Is it really that hard, or are they are they just

  • not practicing hard enough?

  • I wanted to find out.

  • So, I decided to see how good I could get

  • if I practiced free throws every day for one month.

  • So yeah, today we're talkin' about practice.

  • So, the first thing I need to do, find out how good I am

  • right now, with no practice.

  • Free throw number one, wow, seems a lot farther,

  • now that I'm actually standing here.

  • One for one, I made 37 shots out of 100.

  • That's bad, that's like DeAndre Jordan bad.

  • I needed help, so I decided to see

  • a professional shooting coach, here in Los Angeles.

  • I hear you can teach me how to shoot like Steph Curry.

  • - I'll try, first of all let me evaluate your shot and see

  • what you're gonna... [Steven]It's perfect already.

  • - It's perfect, okay. [Steven] But I can show you.

  • Left foot to the basket, and give it

  • that Kevin Durant shake.

  • - Okay, it went in, but did it go in the right way?

  • That's what we want to know.

  • - How can it not go in the right way?

  • - Okay, go ahead and set your feet on the line,

  • left foot straight, right toe down and out.

  • Okay, set your hands, okay, off your waist.

  • Drop and lift.

  • Okay, next shot, ball's above your waist more, higher.

  • Drop lower, lift higher.

  • Same thing, feet are set, aim for the shot clock

  • on the next shot, that's about 45 degrees.

  • Okay, on the next shot, lift the ball higher and release

  • the ball quicker with your hand, focus on your hand.

  • Above your waist, that's it, legs first.

  • Down, lift, wait, wait, keep those arms up there

  • when you finish, when you release,

  • count to two, one, two.

  • Let the ball leave, drop, lift, and wait, that's it, good.

  • Wait, wait, wait, flawless.

  • - Yo, do you think I could be in the NBA?

  • - No.

  • - So, now that I have dominated the art of the free throw,

  • it was time to practice, 100 shots a day,

  • for 30 days straight.

  • After that, I would then challenge WNBA All Star,

  • and first overall pick in 2012, Nneka Ogwumike,

  • to a free throw battle.

  • (percussion music)

  • I made 58 shots today, this is really, really frustrating.

  • Ah, I don't know, (laughing) this isn't going like

  • I planned it to go.

  • (percussion music)

  • I think I made 20 of the last 21,

  • I was definitely feelin' it, it was like magic.

  • (percussion music)

  • One percent away from 80 percent,

  • so close, man.

  • At the end of 30 days, I was amazed to see

  • that my free throw percentage increased

  • from 37 percent all the way up to about 70 percent.

  • I just have one thing left to do,

  • dominate the mental game.

  • So, I decided to talk to a sports psychologist,

  • who helps athletes stay focused.

  • When you train athletes, how do you work with them?

  • - A lot of times, when athletes try to go

  • into a focused state, they don't know how to do it

  • while keeping their body calm.

  • I'm gonna do a little training with you,

  • using what's called biofeedback.

  • As I coach you in terms of optimal breathing,

  • we're gonna begin to see response

  • of your nervous system and cardiovascular system,

  • and you can see how chaotic this is moving.

  • When you breathe out, imagine your entire body

  • kinda sinking or melting.

  • It helps to align a lot of the physiological systems

  • in your body and it helps produce, literally,

  • both a calming and a focus.

  • - Is there a way I can speed up that process?

  • - Practice, picture yourself in the real-life situation.

  • The more real you make it, the more effective

  • you'll be when you're actually in that situation.

  • - So, in one month, I learned how to shoot,

  • I prepared myself mentally, and I practiced

  • every single day.

  • But, would all that be enough to beat

  • a professional basketball player?

  • It is day 30 of my challenge.

  • I am now here with Nneka Obwumike.

  • She's gonna compete against me in this free throw battle,

  • and I'm going to dominate her.

  • - Uh, no. - [Steve] We're gonna take

  • turns taking free throws.

  • I'll take two, you take two, until we both take 10.

  • It'll be one point if it goes in, two points

  • if you swish it.

  • Can you dunk? - [Nneka] I can.

  • I have the utmost confidence in me to win this.

  • - This is gonna be pretty easy, I mean, she's been playing

  • for 14 years, I've been playing for 30 days.

  • Oh ho, that was a swish, three points.

  • - Oh.

  • (bell rings twice)

  • I love this ball, can I go with the one I've been doing it with?

  • You wanna shoot with yours? Alright.

  • Oh ho, so it was the ball.

  • - And off.

  • Ooh. That's off, oh,

  • off up in there.

  • There it is , oh.

  • (buzzer and bell)

  • - Oh, isn't that the first one I missed.

  • - Yes, just lettin' you know.

  • - All right, trash talking's not my thing.

  • He's coming for me.

  • Oh no. - [Steve] Hah!

  • - Shooter said. (laughter)

  • - Alright.

  • Oh wow, swish.

  • - (alarm bell)

  • When we mess up on the court, we run.

  • - You run? - [Nneka] Yeah, let's get it.

  • - Oh my gosh, this is so embarrassing.

  • What am I doing?

  • I lost to Nneka, and it wasn't really ever that close.

  • What's kind of mind blowing though, is that

  • for a 30 minute competition, I had spent 30 days

  • of preparation and I still lost.

  • As a fan, I definitely have a much greater appreciation

  • for all the work that professional athletes put in.

  • - They usually call me the Shot Doctor,

  • but I'm just saying, you know.

  • - Ooh, who calls you that?

  • - All of my patients.

  • (laughter)

- Hey guys, I'm Steven, and I'm a huge NBA fan.

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I Practiced Free Throws For 30 Days To See If I Could Beat A Pro Basketball Player

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    Jack Lu   posted on 2015/11/23
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