Playing the Field: Drummond can’t shoot free throws, Mets do Harlem Shake

Fans often complain about their favorite professional sports team with the classic “Even I can do better than that” line. About 99 percent of the time they are completely wrong. These are finely tuned athletes who have trained every single day of their lives to compete on the highest level in the world.

And then you have Pistons rookie Andre Drummond shooting free throws.

Drummond is a 6-foot-11 power forward with absurd athleticism. Check out his performance in last year’s UConn Midnight Madness dunk contest. (That’s the best dunk contest, pro or college, since Vince Carter in 2000 by the way.)

But he can’t shoot free throws. At all. Shaquille O’Neal, the baseline for all bad free-throw shooters, shot 52.7 percent from the line over his career. Drummond is shooting 35.2 percent this year. Yeah, you read that correctly. It’s not an aberration either. He shot even worse — 29.5 percent — in college.

We give you Exhibit A (and B?) at the top of the post in the form of last night’s two (TWO!) airball performance. Yes, Drummond actually airballed back-to-back free-throw attempts in one trip. That takes talent.

My favorite part is the benchwarmer on Chicago who jumps out of his chair when Drummond whiffs on the second shot. Nothing like a guy getting five minutes per game celebrating a missed free throw.

Mets add to Harlem Shake annoyance

The Mets dropped a Harlem Shake video over the weekend, continuing the trend that just won’t die. Please, please let it die.

Anyway, public relations guru and “King of the buttdial” Jay Horwitz kicks it off with his epileptic seizures, which he apparently calls dancing. Horwitz is crazy by the way, and in his 34th year as a P.R. man for the Mets, so he’s definitely a must-follow on Twitter.

It’s not as good as the Heat’s Harlem Shake video, but it’s entertaining nonetheless. The best part is actually LaTroy Hawkins and David Wright’s choreographed dance in manager Terry Collins’s office at the end, so be sure to watch the whole thing.

My question, where did they get all those costumes?

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports. He promises not to do a Harlem Shake video.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

California passes 'yes-means-yes' campus sexual assault bill

Californian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday requiring universities to adopt "affirmative consent" language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on…

National

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all…

By Stephanie NebehayGENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance…

International

North Korean leader's money manager defects in Russia:…

A senior North Korean banking official who managed money for leader Kim Jong Un has defected in Russia and was seeking asylum in a third country, a South Korean newspaper…

Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 29,…

The Department of Transportation and NYPD said there may be residual delays near all of the street closures on August 29, 31 and 31. Several streets and avenues will be…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

Movies

Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Entertainment

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…