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Video: Dwight Howard free throw violation

Posted on: December 25, 2010 3:55 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:51 pm
 
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard was whistled for a violation during a Christmas Day game against the Boston Celtics for taking too long to shoot a free throw, and subsequently received a technical foul for arguing the call. Posted by Ben Golliver NBA referee Bob Delaney worked undercover investigating the mob, so we already knew that he was fearless. On Christmas Day, Delaney proved that fearlessness on the NBA's grandest stage, making a virtually unprecedented call on one of the league's most recognizable stars during the league's major showcase day. At the 6:48 mark of the second quarter of Saturday's game between the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics in Orlando, Magic center, and MVP candidate, Dwight Howard stepped to the free throw line for his second attempt, with the Magic leading 30-28. Howard, a career 59.6% free throw shooter, is notorious for taking too long at the stripe, exceeding the league's 10-second limit for shooting a foul shot virtually every time he attempts a free throw. As Howard went through his routine, which includes deep exhales, shrugging his shoulders, spinning the ball, and looking at the court with his head bowed, Delaney blew his whistle, put all 10 fingers in the air to signal that Howard had exceeded the 10-second limit and was therefore guilty of a free throw violation, and began jogging down to the other end of the court.  In stunned disbelief, Howard threw the ball towards the baseline, in the direction of no one, and was whistled for a technical foul. Both Howard and Magic teammate Hedo Turkoglu attempted to plead their case to Delaney, who was having none of it. Celtics guard Ray Allen converted the technical free throw for Boston, and the Celtics received possession following Howard's free throw line violation. Here's the video. Kudos to Delaney for making the correct, albeit difficult, call, and for prompting television commentator Hubie Brown, a basketball lifer, to declare, "I have never seen it in any game I've ever done in 26 years of doing television." 
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Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: December 25, 2010 10:24 pm
 

Video: Dwight Howard free throw violation

As I watched him at the free throw line, it appeared to me he did more than his usual.  He appears to purposely take more time.   It is almost as if he was daring a referee (Bob Delaney in this case) to actually call the violation he is aware he may commit and not get called for.  It may also be his way of making his point that he was indeed fouled and previous fouls weren't called.  Either way, it was the correct and rarely does get called (also rarely does the 10 second rule get violated).   The throwing of the ball out of bounds afterwards could be simply considered a delay of game.  But he threw it out of bounds in disgust of the call (he may have wanted called) and therefore was deserving of the technical.




Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2010 6:40 pm
 

Video: Dwight Howard free throw violation

you beards are not that  bright...Hubie Brown said he has never ever seen that call in 20 some years.....it was stupid and can you actually see are say that the ref actually counted to ten once D-12 was on the line....First it was the tuck rule against my Raiders (never to be used) and now this ridiculous call.  GO MAGIC!!!




Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2010 5:57 pm
 

Video: Dwight Howard free throw violation

It looks like he not only was taking his time, dribbling slowly with two hands and taking deep sighing breaths, but about 17 seconds came off on the clock before the foul was called.  Well deserved whistle.


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