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Paging Dr. Barry
Rick Reilly
December 11, 2006
SOME THINGS in sports make no sense. The foul pole is fair. Olympic divers dive, shower, then dive again. Michael Irvin continues to be on TV.
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December 11, 2006

Paging Dr. Barry

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Had Wallace swallowed his macho, gone underhand last season in Detroit and shot only 20% percentage points better, he'd have made 60 more foul shots. Sixty more points might have made the difference in a lot of games, especially because Detroit could have kept him in at the end of a lot more close ones.

I reached out to the chronic clankers—Shaq, Wallace, Bruce Bowen (55.0% this season), Emeka Okafor (51.2) Brendan Haywood (42.6) and Tyson Chandler (whose 32.4% threatens the alltime mark)—and asked the simple question: "What would it take to get you to shoot free throws like Rick Barry?" Not one called me back. Or e-mailed. Or texted. Or had their p.r. guys call me back. Zero. None.

Do you know why? Because NBA players care more about looking cool on SportsCenter than winning games for their teams.

Sissies.

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