Joakim Noah Has the Perfect Reaction to His Impossibly Ugly Free-Throw Attempt

Bryan Brandom
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Though age and injury have vastly deteriorated the skills of New York Knicks big man Joakim Noah, Father Time can't take away his jumper—because he never had one.

Barack Obama, a weekend baller in his own right (who should have a lot more time to hoop now), has even ripped the 31-year-old center's two-handed, sidewinding form from the field and the free-throw line.

"(The President) ticked off Joakim Noah because the president was trash-talking him about his shot, (which is), shall we say, unorthodox," former Obama advisor David Axelrod told GQ. "The president said, 'Where’d you get that shot? That’s the ugliest shot I’ve ever seen.' So at some point, Noah decided, 'Okay, let’s see about yours.' And he completely smothered the president. I mean he was guarding him and the president could not go anywhere. But I will say that with all of that, somehow playing against all these NBA players, he mysteriously was able to hit the winning shot."

On Monday, Noah's shot hit a new low when it didn't hit anything at all on a free-throw attempt during the Knicks' 109-103 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Instead, it was embarrassingly wide and short, and Noah responded with the same grimace Knicks fans employ whenever they remember James Dolan owns the team.

Despite his form and ineptitude from more than eight feet from the hoop, Noah was once a fine free-throw shooter for a center, connecting on 71.6 percent of his attempts through the first eight seasons of his career. Noah sprained his left shoulder in 2015-16, an injury he re-aggravated and required surgery to combat. 

The right-handed shooter has posted a 44.4 percent clip from the charity stripe since the beginning of 2015-16.

 

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