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

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

– 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 Seth Curry. – I’ll try, first of all let
me evaluate your shot and see what you’re —
– It’s perfect already. – It’s perfect, okay.
– [Steve] 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. Now, 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 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, 400 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?
– [Nneka] You wanna shoot with yours, all right. Oh ho, so it was the ball. – And off. Ooh.
– [Nneka] 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) – Ooh. – All right, 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)

100 thoughts on “I Practiced Free Throws For 30 Days To See If I Could Beat A Pro Basketball Player”

  1. Some of these best players in the world are, centers, they have some insane strength. They rebound and gaurd the rim. They dunk and overpower others. The ball must feel like paper.

  2. I don’t know what the best players in the world can’t hit their free throws

    * proceeds to show three people who can’t shoot*

  3. Your training was inaccurate for the way you competed. This experiment had to many variables and you got in your own head during the competition. A flawed experiment over all but still enjoyable to see.

  4. dont you just miss the days when a video could be short and sweet WITHOUT ads. But now we have 30 minute long garbage morgz videos

  5. The titile should be: i practice free throw for 30 days to see whether i can beat a pro player who has been practicing for years

  6. Your problem is the person you went up against it it was LeBron you win because well he doesn't make his free throws soooooo yeah but you couldn't get access to LeBron so you go against him.

  7. what they gotta understand is that they don’t focus on their free throws every practice they focus on how they play their foot work their shooting from 3 point or layups they don’t focus on free throws cuz it doesn’t occur often in a game, they focus on their dunks their dribbles, their hands so just puttin that out there

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