13 Of The Greatest* Airballed Free Throws Of All Time

*An airballed free throw is only great in the way that truly horrible things are great.

1. Monday night, the New York Knicks’ J.R. Smith airballed a free throw. Airballing a free throw is basically the basketball equivalent of stepping on a rake and hitting yourself in the face.

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This is a dude who’s shooting 79% from the stripe this season. He is not used to airballing free throws.

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Coach Mike Woodson does not want to see J.R. Smith airballing free throws.

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THIS GUY does not want to see Gus Johnson airballing free throws. (This guy!)

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Carmelo Anthony thought it was HILARIOUS.

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2. But worry not, J.R. — other basketball players have airballed free throws before you. Like DeAndre Jordan!

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3. Jordan’s teammate Blake Griffin once airballed two free throws in a row, because he is an All-Star. Or maybe that’s correlation, not casuation. What do I look like, a scientist?

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4. There’s the second one. Great form. Good form. I like his form.

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5. Emeka Okafor also once airballed two free throws in a row.

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6. Even though he no longer played for the Charlotte Bobcats at the time, we can almost certainly attribute these two airballs to his having once played for the Charlotte Bobcats.

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7. Speaking of which! Here’s a real-life Charlotte Bobcat, DeSagana Diop, airballing a free throw.

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8. Dwight Howard loves airballing free throws. Here’s one he airballed in crunch time against the Heat.

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9. And here’s another, against the Nets.

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Dwight Howard thinks airballing free throws are funny, because Dwight Howard is the human equivalent of a knock-knock joke.

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10. Rajon Rondo once airballed a free throw. Fun fact: this is actually the only time in his career the foul-averse Rondo has actually made it to the line. (Not a fact.)

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11. Sometimes, players airball free throws AGAINST the Celtics, too! (See what I did there?) Here’s Reggie Evans, who is distracted by Brian Scalabrine, happily airballing a free throw.

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12. The true comfort, though, comes in the fact that even the greatest basketball player in the world airballs free throws.

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13. Just a reminder that the LeBron times in Cleveland weren’t all fun and games.

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