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Monday, January 21, 2019

Kyle Korver helps LeBron James alter free throw routine, stance

LeBron James

LeBron James has done it all as an NBA player, but he still has things he wants to improve — like his free throw shooting.

After shooting a career-worst 67.4 percent from the line during the regular season, James turned to teammate Kyle Korver — a career 88 percent free throw shooter — to help him rework his stance and entire routine.

“Myself and Kyle, we kind have been brainstorming about it, how to get it to be more efficient,” James said after the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Game 1 victory over Indiana, via Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. “I mean, Kyle is probably one of the most efficient guys we have from the free throw line on our team. So, I’m a basketball mind, I’m open minded about trying to figure out ways that can help my efficiency so, it’s a good start.”

James debuted his new routine Saturday, keeping his left foot behind his right one and holding the ball higher at the start of his shot. He made his first four attempts before ultimately finishing 6-of-9.

James and Korver have given each other some mutually beneficial advice now. If James can avoid leaving those free points at the line, the Cavs will be much better for it.

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