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209 Reasons We Will Miss Shaq

Why we'll miss Shaq

209 Reasons We Will Miss Shaq

We were sorry to see Shaquille O’Neal retire early this month, because he was just starting to close in on one of those “unbreakable” sports records.

When he bricked two free throws with 9:03 remaining in the Celtics’ 97-81 playoff victory over the Heat on May 7, he was just 209 missed FTs (regular season and playoffs) behind Wilt Chamberlain.

Here are their career free throw numbers: 

WILT      Made    Attempted      Missed         Pct.
Regular Season        6057          11862        5805     51.1%
Postseason        757            1627          870     46.5%
   Totals      6814          13489        6675     50.7%
         
SHAQ              
Regular Season      5935          11252        5317     52.7%
Postseason      1168            2317        1149     50.4%
   Totals      7103          13569        6466     52.3%
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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