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On the Line

The Story

Marcus is a turbo-charged, high scoring forward. He lights up the court with his star power — except when he has to make a free throw. His foul shots are embarrassing air balls or off-the-rim disasters. He's got to get better at the foul line — his team needs those extra points in close games. The custodian at his school shows him how to shoot underhand. Marcus doesn't want to try it. What if everybody laughs at him. . . .

The History

One of the best foul shooters in the National Basketball Association is a guy named Rick Barry, who played in 1970s. He made 90 percent of his free throws. His secret: An underhand foul shot!