Sometimes, the only way to beat the competition is to change the game entirely. In a way, that's what Rick Barry did. The 6'7" NBA player was a force to be reckoned with, scoring more than 25,000 points and earning a spot on 12 All-Star teams in his professional basketball career. But where he really stood out was at the free-throw line: he maintained a 90% free-throw accuracy throughout his career, which was the best in NBA history back in 1980. (He has since been surpassed by six NBA players, but even Steve Nash, who has the highest free-throw percentage in history, only shot a 90.43%.) During the 1978–79 season, Barry only missed nine free-throws. And he did it all by throwing granny-style.
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