‘Curtain of Distration:’ How Arizona State reinvented free-throw harassment [VIDEO]

Elvis tries to distract an ASU opponent's free throw attempt.
Elvis tries to distract an ASU opponent’s free throw attempt.

By Justin Wolfers | The New York Times

A shark attack. The return of Elvis. Twerking farm animals. A shirtless guitarist. Kissing unicorns. An old lady yelling at you to get off her lawn. Distracted yet? So, too, are college basketball players, who have tried — and often failed — to overcome the creative attempts of students at Arizona State to destroy the focus of free-throw shooters.

Of course, student sections that try to throw opponents off their game have been around for decades. But Arizona State’s Curtain of Distraction has taken those attempts to a new level. Just as a visiting player is about to shoot a free throw, two students pull apart two big black curtains to reveal a new five-second act in a continuing theater of the absurd.

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