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Video: Watch an NBA team forget which basket they’re defending

posted at 12:45 pm on March 7, 2013 by

Via Deadspin, just think of Kobe as Rand Paul and the Hornets as McCain and Graham.

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I was in the stands when I saw this happen before.
At a junior high school game.
In 1974.

Jeffster on March 7, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Happened to me once. When I was six. In the driveway.

steebo77 on March 7, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Eh. Anyone else hoping Kobe tripped before getting to the basket, or is it just me? Don’t like him or his team at all.

changer1701 on March 7, 2013 at 1:13 PM

I’m tellin’ ya, man.

Idiocracy. It’s coming.

Good Lt on March 7, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Awesome display of traveling Kobe. Three steps before the dunk.

Jeff2161 on March 7, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Awesome display of traveling Kobe. Three steps before the dunk.

Jeff2161 on March 7, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Please. When was the last time someone got called for traveling in the NBA?

GWB on March 7, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Don’t completely understand all the rules of basketball, so I’m clueless as to what happened. Anyone care to explain? (Watched this three times and couldn’t quite figure it out, other than the guy made a basket unopposed.)

CurtZHP on March 7, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Oh, well. Defense is optional in the NBA anyway.

Bitter Clinger on March 7, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Good Lt on March 7, 2013 at 1:18 PM

The must have been low on their electrolytes.

forest on March 7, 2013 at 2:06 PM

CurtZHP on March 7, 2013 at 1:48 PM

I think what went on is the Lakers set up for the throw-in in a manner such that the Hornets, trying to defend Kobe and the other Lakers instead of the proper basket, got pulled to the Lakers side of the court instead of defending theirs, which left Kobe free to score unopposed.

Atlas on March 7, 2013 at 2:10 PM

I think what went on is the Lakers set up for the throw-in in a manner such that the Hornets, trying to defend Kobe and the other Lakers instead of the proper basket, got pulled to the Lakers side of the court instead of defending theirs, which left Kobe free to score unopposed.

Atlas on March 7, 2013 at 2:10 PM

O.K. so instead of usually congregating near the basket they would normally be shooting for, they congregated at the other side of the court, drawing everyone away from the basket. Right?

CurtZHP on March 7, 2013 at 2:12 PM

CurtZHP on March 7, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Just look at the very beginning of the video, the Hornet (sort of playing center) trying to block out the Laker from the basket. At the very least, that guy was mixed up.

Fenris on March 7, 2013 at 3:22 PM

I saw this live last night. It might be the most inept display of NBA defense I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen middle school teams that wouldn’t have made that blunder.

Oh, and their offense wasn’t much better; the Lakers closed out the game on a 25-2 run.

Good Solid B-Plus on March 7, 2013 at 3:49 PM

CurtZHP on March 7, 2013 at 2:12 PM

The Lakers lined up for the inbound pass as if they normally would if they were on their offensive side of the court. The entire Hornet team was fooled by their alignment, and positioned themselves to defend the wrong basket. There was nobody between Kobe and the Lakers’ offensive basket (on the other end of the court), and Kobe sprinted for the inbound pass and dunk.

Awesome display of traveling Kobe. Three steps before the dunk.

Jeff2161 on March 7, 2013 at 1:23 PM

That wasn’t traveling. NBA rules allow two steps of continuation after you pick up your dribble when going to the basket. His left foot was already planted just inside the three-point-line when he picked up his dribble. He took one more step with his right, and leapt off his left to dunk.

CarlKopp on March 7, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Reminds me of when in baseball an infielder pretends to throw the ball back to the pitcher after a play hoping to tag the baserunner when he takes his lead.

AverageJoe on March 7, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Now that’s worthy of mocking. Kobe enjoyed the celebration too. Heh. So glad I’m not a Hornets fan.

conservative pilgrim on March 7, 2013 at 11:25 PM

If this had been the Mavericks, I wouldn’t have been surprised.

Ward Cleaver on March 8, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Don’t completely understand all the rules of basketball, so I’m clueless as to what happened. Anyone care to explain? (Watched this three times and couldn’t quite figure it out, other than the guy made a basket unopposed.)

CurtZHP on March 7, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Don’t give it another thought. “It don’t mean a thing.” Professional basketball is about as relevant as cricket.

SpiderMike on March 8, 2013 at 12:05 PM

One of the rare problems with a man-to-man defense. That would never happen if the Hornets were playing zone defense, and posted a couple guys near the mid-court line.

Normally, if your team is down 2 points with 30 seconds left, and the opponents are inbounding, the man out of bounds has to PASS the ball, and can be left unguarded, leaving 5 defenders to cover 4 potential pass-catchers on the inbounding team. By bunching up, the Lakers caused some of the Hornets to trip over each other, allowing the breakaway pass and bucket.

Still, ya gotta wonder, what were the Hornets thinking?

Or maybe they weren’t.

Steve Z on March 8, 2013 at 12:54 PM

All I know is Kobe Bryant is not human. To do what he is doing at 17 years in the league is just unreal.

The Notorious G.O.P on March 8, 2013 at 1:41 PM