17-He Is Risen
16-50 years ago
14-A Song of Drake's Men
10-The Original Tom Thumb
9-Happy Birthday Mom
7-Thinking About Motion Pictures
6-BNSF Rail Yard
4-Wake Up Jacob
3-Free Throw Specialist
2-House Numbers for Bees
1-Sloppy Joe's Bar
Free Throw Specialist
Jan. 15, 2002 - "New Bulls coach Bill Cartwright isnít afraid to take a page out of former
boss Phil Jacksonís unorthodox coaching handbook. Or from the Guinness Book
of World Records, either.
Hoping to improve his teamís poor foul shooting, Cartwright recently brought
in a 79-year-old free throw specialist who is in the Guinness book for once
making 2,750 straight.
Tom Amberry, a retired podiatrist from Seal Beach, Calif., who set the
record in í93 after taking up free throw shooting as a retirement hobby,
worked with the Bulls last week in Chicago and plans to return periodically
during the season. Part technical advisor and part motivational guru, he
claims to help players find a comfortable mental approach when stepping to
the line. "Itís all focus and concentration," he says. Cartwright, who also
has had his team recite the Lordís Prayer after practice, says he isnít
trying to become another Zen Master. He just feels that with the Bulls
currently ranked 27th in the NBA in free throw accuracy -- ahead of only the
Heat and Lakers -- at 70.2 percent, what is there to lose?
"My suggestion [to the players] was if you're shooting less than 70 percent,
you should probably give him some time," Cartwright says."
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