Free throw

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nimafarahi

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I would have liked to have said something for myself on this point but I didn’t think either of them
would have listened. My father cared nothing about my grades, though maybe he would have if there had
been a problem. He didn’t care about my free throw as long as I sank it.
How can we interpret "He didn’t care about my free throw as long as I sank it"?
Above is from "The Dutch house" by Ann Patchett
 
  • The Newt

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    English - US
    It's a reference to basketball; "sinking" the throw means succeeding in getting the ball into the basket. Whether it's meant to be literal or not isn't clear.
     

    Myridon

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    English - US
    As long as he's passing (throwing the ball into the basket - scoring), his father doesn't care about his grades (his form as he makes the throw, the quality of the throw).
     
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