DeAndre Jordan needs to shoot better from the free-throw line. You know this, he knows this, the whole world knows this. Jordan made 39.7 of his free throws last season and was hacked to hell by the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets in the playoffs. It was so bad that intentional fouls -- and potential rule changes -- became a major talking point, so it was fair that Jordan was asked about his stroke at media day:
DeAndre Jordan on whether he did anything new with his free throws: "Nothing different. Same."
That's an interesting response, and not necessarily what you'd expect him to say. The obvious thing would be some version of, "I made some tweaks, I got a ton of reps in, I'm feeling confident about it."
You can understand Jordan not wanting to talk much about it, though -- it's been a problem his whole career, and the Wall Street Journal noted in February that he is the worst free throw shooter in NBA history through the age of 26. He probably doesn't want to put more pressure on himself by claiming he's improved, and he probably (and rightly) also believes he's proven that he's an extremely valuable player regardless.
Jordan has been working on it, though. You might recall that, in between Jordan backing out of his agreement with the Dallas Mavericks and re-signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, John Lucas told the world that the big man had just made 1,000 free throws in his gym.
It sounds a little crazy, but Jordan doesn't necessarily have to make huge adjustments to his form, anyway. He told Clippers.com in February that "it's all mental" and he makes his free throws in practice, which is a common refrain from guys who struggle at the line. A complete overhaul of his shot might do more harm than good.