We often see some of the players with higher basketball IQs take advantage of the rules. They do it to get that competitive edge or take advantage of the fact referees are just humans that sometimes make mistakes. Still, Brandon Jennings and Andrew Bogut took it another level, as they almost pulled off a cheat that we have never seen before. In a 2010 regular-season game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Houston Rockets in Texas, the Bucks duo tried to pull off the “free-throw switch.”
During the late 3rd quarter of that game, Bogut was trying to post up and got fouled. As the Bucks were in the bouns, Bogut was set to shoot two free throws. The Bucks were down nine, and they needed every point they could get. But Bogut being just a 59.4% free throw shooter at the time, wasn’t the best choice to get those points. So what did the Bucks do? As everybody was just standing around during the dead ball and not really paying attention, Jennings, an 81.8% free throw shooter, stepped up to the line while Bogut went in to get ready for the rebound.
Nobody, including the refs, noticed anything was wrong as they passed Jennings the ball. The plan seemed to work, and Jennings knocked down the first free throw. But then the Rockets got suspicious and started protesting, notifying the refs of how Bogut was the one that got fouled. Jennings began to act like he doesn’t know what is happening as the refs removed his point and sent Bogut to the line.
It would prove to be a reasonable attempt because Bogut missed both of those free throws. It was all smiles, as they almost fooled everybody in that arena—a funny one-of-a-kind story.