A couple years back when Michael Beasley was playing with the Wolves, our own Jerry Zgoda got to the bottom of a free throw mystery:
Did you see Beasley walk forward after missing a free throw in each of the team's first preseason games, tilt his head and glare at the rim?
Well, here's the story:
"That's a college job," said Beasley, who played one season at Kansas State. "Luis Colon was my college center. He's a big Spanish guy and when big Spanish guys get mad, they start speaking Spanish real fast. Every time he missed, he'd look at the rim and curse the rim out. So every time I miss, I'm trying to get the gremlin off the top of the rim."
Seems, um, perfectly logical. And, well, apparently Beasley is still trying to chase away the Gremlins. Beasley is shooting 72.3 percent from the line this year -- below his career average -- and was just 3 for 6 against the Thunder the other night. The problem? Well, per NBA.com:
Suns forward Michael Beasley, after missing two of his first free-throw attempts off the side of the rim, walked down the lane, stared up at the iron and shook his head. "I had to scare the gremlins away," he said. "Those gremlins are always messing with me."
Of course they are.