On Wednesday, “Inside the NBA
” commemorated the 21st anniversary
of Shaquille O’Neal’s 18-for-39 free-throw performance in the 2000 NBA Finals, and invited the Hall of Famer to shoot a few in the studio to atone.
O'Neal had a career foul shooting
percentage of 52.7%, which was highlighted when the Indiana Pacers used the "Hack-a-Shaq" fouling strategy in Game 2.
Despite O'Neal's 46% free-throw accuracy, he scored 40 points, and the Lakers
won 111-104, taking the series in six games.
But Shaq is frequently chastised for his free-throw failures, and Wednesday night was no exception. TNT's Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Ernie Johnson attempted to guess how many attempts Shaq would need to make a free throw on a mini-hoop.
Shaq caught everyone off guard, and not in a good way.
Shaq went 1-8 from the free throw line as the Inside crew attempted to help the Big Fella redeem his free throw performance in the 2000 NBA Finals. pic.twitter.com/PZy18bG4gm — NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 10, 2021
Shaq, frustrated, tried a power move on one of his tormentors, but it failed.
Shaq tried his hardest to posterize Chuck pic.twitter.com/5sanWcsEIH — NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 10, 2021