Rockets rookie Chinanu Onuaku shoots ‘granny-style’ underhand free throw in NBA debut

The Houston Rockets never trailed against the Phoenix Suns on Monday. They were never even really threatened, racing out to a 10-2 lead, going up by double-digits less than seven minutes into the game, and hanging 39 points on the NBA’s 24th-ranked defense by the end of the first quarter. They’d lead by as many as 34 in the third quarter, meaning James Harden, Ryan Anderson, Trevor Ariza and Nene spend the entire fourth on the bench, as Mike D’Antoni allowed the Rockets’ reserves to finish off a 131-115 win.

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D’Antoni also gave center Montrezl Harrell, elevated to the starting lineup thanks to Clint Capela’s fractured fibula, the rest of the night off less than four minutes into the fourth. When Harrell hit the bench, the coach inserted rookie Chinanu Onuaku, recently called up from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League, to man the five spot. And when Suns big man Alan Williams fouled Onuaku — who was attempting a Eurostep layup! — with 2:46 remaining in the contest, we were treated to a neat little throwback oddity:

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