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.



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