After reading about the surgery I decided to conduct an experiment. I went to the local court and shot free throws a)with my regular motion, and b)arms only. I have a strong feelign that Biens has had this injury for a long time and has not been comfortable all season. He may have even had it over the summer, causing him to spend more time partying than playing for the national team as a means of avoiding further injury.
My assumption was that with only the arms it would be nearly impossible to shoot a consistent shot with a good chance to go in. The only other option was to let my son kick me in the belly and try to shoot in pain - but I am not that dedicated to you guys/gals :)
With my regular motion I made 20 out of 25 shots (80%). It is an effortless shot when you put your whole body into a single, smooth motion.
With arms only I shot 12 for 25 (48%). While this isnt exactly 19%, I was already starting out as a better pure shooter than Biedrins (damn genetics, I could have been someboy, a contender). Basically cutting my percentage in half is a major problem. The shot ended up being a lot like Beins' : flat and a lot of wrist.
I think this record poor shooting performance that is about to hit the history books will need an asterisk. He does not deserve to go down in history as the worst free thrower ever while playing hurt. I understand why he wouldnt discuss this during the season. There is a competitive disadvantage when the other team knows your weakness. I would come out now, though, and tell the world that Biens was hurt all year and was a hero for playing through an injury that required surgery.
As an extra bonus, this may boost his trade value so that other teams dont think he fell off this year for no reason.
I urge you to take a second to try shooting like Biens, then letting us know what happened. It is a strange experience. You can't just power through the shot and bank them all either. If your abs are hurting, putting that much effort into it is too painful for 1 measely point.