“This is a very unique phenomenon that is only happening in South Korea.”

That’s how the New York Times (NYT) described backboard free throws in Korean basketball on Jan. 1. In the National Basketball Association (NBA), no player attempts a free throw as a “bank shot” that hits the backboard. With the exception of a layup from under the basket, there is a culture of ridicule for attempting to hit the backboard. Shots that only go through the net at the rim are considered beautiful.

It’s common in the Korean Basketball League (KBL). The all-time record holder for most three-pointers made (1,669), Moon Mung-eun (52) was the trademark of the KBL’s commissioner. Moon’s career free throw percentage is 84.1%. Jeon Sung-hyun (32-SONO), who boasts an 83.5% mark in the active roster, Lee Jung-hyun (36-SAMSUNG-79.6%) and Lee Jae-do (32-LG-80.7%) also shoot free throws from the bank. 먹튀검증 The late Kim Hyun-joon, whose shot dominated the 1980s, first tried it and then recommended it to Moon, who was in a shooting slump, and Jeon Seong-hyun copied him, so the “banked free throw” lineage continues.

The NYT reports on a study that suggests bank shots may be more likely to result in free throws than clean shots. According to Lawrence Silverberg, a professor of engineering at North Carolina State University, a ball that bounces off the backboard loses momentum and steadily heads toward the inside of the basket. Because of the cushioning effect, it’s less likely to hit the rim and bounce out than a clean shot. In fact, Ha Yun-ki (24-KT), who shot 69.2 percent from the free throw line as a rookie, increased his success rate to 79.3 percent after learning to bank free throws.

The American basketball community’s interest in the Korean banked free throw is not temporary.

In September, renowned American basketball video coordinator Eric Fawcett posted a KBL video on his Twitter account and wrote, “Interesting trend in the KBL. 80% of free throw shooters are banking shots,” he wrote. It has since been viewed 3.74 million times.

“There’s a lot of psychology to free throws,” wrote Tom Haberstroh from the United States. Steven Adams (30-Memphis), who has a 36% success rate, said, “Why not bank shots, and in the KBL, there’s no shame in it. There were also some foreign players who started taking bank shots after coming to the KBL. Rod Benson (former DB) is one of them, and Marcus Blakely (former Hyundai Mobis) also took Lee Jae-do’s advice and made bank shots for a while.

KBL players cite psychological stability as the biggest reason for attempting bank shots. While a clean shot requires delicate control, a bank shot can be made with relatively little force. KBS N commentator Son Dae-beom said, “If you hit the square, 토토사이트 you can relax knowing that it goes in,” adding, “Just as the US has scientifically analyzed banked free throws, we need to study and develop them further.”

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