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The Story Behind Jeff Hornacek’s Free Throw Ritual

March 11, 2022

It seems like every basketball player in the world has a free throw routine. I mean, who doesn’t?

The NBA, of course, has no shortage of unique shenanigans from the charity stripe. We got a mumbling Karl Malone who chants a voodoo spell on his enemies every time he shoots his freebies. 

Jeff Hornacek probably had the most unique free throw routine of all time. Jeff would rub the side of his face exactly three times before letting it fly.

This left a lot of fans curious. Was he somehow allergic to the foul line? What was the story behind the gesture?