Lakers superstar LeBron James is notorious for constantly tinkering with his free-throw routine to try and find a rhythm that works best for him. However, this season has seen his free throw percentage drop to 69.9%, the fourth-worst percentage of his career. It’s something I’m sure James is quite aware of.
To that point, in the Lakers’ last two games — wins over the Minnesota Timberwolves and Charlotte Hornets — I noticed a key change in LeBron’s mechanics to address one of his main problems at the free throw line.
I broke it down in my latest video:
Keep an eye out for it in today’s matinee game against the Hawks. That being said, knowing LeBron, he might not even do it anymore because he tends to incorporate certain changes but then revert back to his preferred routines and mechanics. We’ll see in a few hours.
Dr. Rajpal Brar has a doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University, and runs his own sports medicine and performance business, 3CB Performance, in West LA and Valencia, CA. He also works at a hospital — giving him experience with patients in the immediate healthcare setting and neurological patients (post stroke, post brain injury) — and has been practicing for 1.5 years. Brar is additionally training at UCLA’s mindful awareness research center (MARC), and analyzes the Lakers from a medical and skills perspective for Silver Screen and Roll and on his own YouTube Channel. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @3cbPerformance.