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Report: Whiteside working to improve FT's

Some teams are fouling bad free throw shooters as a way to defend their opponents in the playoffs. Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside doesn't want to put the team or himself in a bad spot with bad form at the free throw line moving forward, so he's going to spend a lot of his offseason improving that part of his game. From Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald:

    "Throughout the playoffs, teams have tried to exploit poor free throw shooters, such as the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan and the Rockets’ Dwight Howard. Hassan Whiteside doesn’t want to put the Heat in that compromising position next season. So when Whiteside was asked Thursday for his offseason point of emphasis, the first thing he mentioned was 'really work on free throws a lot more.' Whiteside shot 62.8 percent from the field (fifth best in the league), but just 50 percent on free throws (78 for 156), 11th-worst among players who appeared in at least half their teams’ games. Whiteside finished fourth in Most Improved Player of the Year voting and said: 'I knew it was going to be tough for me to win that award because I didn’t play that many games.'"