Many, many, interesting things about Rick Barry. Here, his most unique skill. Simple. Easily teachable. It would seem almost anyone could shoot 70 - 80 plus percent. And yet, no one follows his example.
Many would even suggest that that is somehow "his fault."
World Peace - An End To World Hunger - Underhand Free Throws - IMPOSSIBLE
Shaquille O'Neal's Book "Shaq Talks Back"
"The stupidest advice I ever got? Rick Barry telling me to shoot underhand. I told one of the league's best freethrow shooters of all time to kiss my ass. I would never copy his style and shoot underhand. I'd shoot zero percent before i switched to underhand.
He said something similar about the sky hook perfected by Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
"That's not me." Yep. That's not Shaq. Unless he wants it to be.