We love to watch pro athletes do their thing be it on a court, a field, or on a diamond. We pay huge amounts of money to see the best at what they do performing breathtaking feats of skill. We watch nightly on TV for that “where were you when...” moment. We are waiting for a thunderous dunk, a dribble which defies belief, or a game winning three at the buzzer from three quarter court which will go down in history as one of the greatest finishes of all time.
There is another side to this craving to watch sports though. A side which has been passed down from generation to generation and which provides just as much of a talking point as the best finish to the best game of the season.
As much as we love athletes who are able to light it up, we also love seeing these multi millionaires dropping to our level sometimes. With every free throw which becomes an air ball, every dunk which smashes the rim and bounces back to half court, every missed layup on a fast break, we are suddenly able to do something better than the stars. And we revel in it.
It seems that the bigger the star is, the more enjoyable to blooper produced will be. When LeBron James, or going back a little way Michael Jordan, does something which defies belief in a bizarre way, then we will pick up on that and run with it. Shows like SportsCenter and Sports Nation routine roll blooper highlights (lowlights?) into their programing, because they know that people love to see that omg moment which makes no sense at all given the level of athlete performing the mistake.
With all that being said here is a look at the top 10 bloopers of the 2014-15 NBA season.
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10 DeMar Derozan passes to Joakim Noah
This begins as just your typical NBA offensive set. Derozan scans the court and after a little motion at the top of the arc he decides to drive the lane. The Bulls deal with this challenge and head Derozan off as he heads toward the basket. Stuck close to the top of the key the Bulls double team Derozan who has picked up his dribble and is desperately looking for a pass. Thankfully he sees a flash of white out on the wind, it must be someone setting for an open three. Derozan guns the ball to said player……only to find out it is Noah….who plays for the Bulls…and who is standing up on the teams bench in a white warm up jacket…..fail.
9 Mason Plumlee spills all the beer
It seems that an inordinate amount of beer gets spilled during NBA games. While beer is serves at plenty of sporting events around the world, it is almost always in the NBA that beer vendors find themselves getting run into, pushed over, or just crushed as a 6-foot-8 plus monster plows them over at full speed while chasing a loose ball. This particular beer spillage is a peculiar one because it almost looks like they are going to get away with it. Not the position of the ball as it gets stuck between the leg of Plumlee and that of the vendor, giving the initial purchase to knock her off balance. From that point it is really game over as Plumlee tries to halt his momentum, but basically just gives her a final shove to send the beer all over the patrons at court side.
8 Brandon Knight's Awful Turnover
This is a blooper clip which should be used time after time to reinforce fundamentals into younger players out there. Brandon Knight pulls up for a jump shot from the free throw line and is seemingly so open that he has a moment of panic and simply throws the ball out of bounds. Why Knight felt compelled to pass the ball when in midair, literally one of the first things you are taught not to do as a kid, I have no idea. If you are going to pass in midair however it is probably a good idea to have some sort of plan where the ball is going to go before your feet leave the ground. Instead Knight does an awkward looking cycle pedal thing as he falls haplessly to the floor.
7 Brandon Knight's Missed Game Winning Layup
It may look a little like this is the picking on Brandon Knight section of the list, but this missed layup is the worst of its kind in the NBA this season. At the end of overtime in the Bucks game against the Brooklyn Nets, Knight makes an outstanding play as he picks a pass out of midair and streaks down the court looking for the winning basket. He gets into position to make the shot with still over a second on the clock, and then somehow his fundamentals fall apart as he approaches the rim with too much speed and his layup off the backboard hits the front of the rim and falls out. He would go on to redeem himself as the Bucks won in three overtimes, but this miss is still very worthy of a place on this list.
6 Tony Allen Misses Four Layups in 10 Seconds
Tony Allen may be known as more of a defensive stopper, but even the best defensive stopper in the NBA should be able to hit one out of four layups taken in a 10 second span. This glorious blooper begins with the old favorite, a standard missed fast break layup. From this point onward however everything gets a little crazy as the ball seems magnetized toward Allen and away from any Lakers player. The Lakers need not worry though as Allen manages to then have a series of layups either partially blocked or he just flat out misses them while mere inches from the rim. Presumably Allen spent plenty of time in the layup line the next day.
5 Ronnie Price Missed Dunk
Most missed dunks at least have the satisfaction of seeing the ball slammed against the iron. On this occasion however Ronnie Price was able to sum up the Lakers season in one fell swoop by managing to lose the ball on his way up for the dunk and somehow missing everything as the ball gently rebounded out off of the backboard. This blooper is even better because as this was a fast break opportunity you just knew Price was thinking SportsCenter Top 10 as soon as he made the steal. Instead he picked up a place on the Not Top 10 list, a much more deserving spot given that the highlight jam was set to be thrown with his team DOWN BY 13 POINTS.
4 Aaron Brooks Missed Layup
This missed layup failed to make nearly as much noise as some of the others on this list and to be honest it is hard to see how that could possibly be the case. Brooks attempt seems to take place at least one, and maybe two, steps too early as his attempted layup turns into an awkward teardrop effort after he barely even jumped off of the floor. The whole play is best summed up by the confusion in the voice of the announcer, who can only offer a “what was that?” in response to what we are fairly sure was an actual attempt to score some points.
3 Russell Westbrook High-Five Reaction
Only Russell Westbrook and Jeremy Lamb will know if this was a personal issue or just bad teammate execution. Either way the story here seems to be that you should never, ever leave Westbrook hanging when he is looking for a high-five on his way off of the court. If you do so you clearly are putting your life in peril. Speaking of which, we should probably go check that Lamb is okay, you know just to be sure. After all, those Westbrook eyes are next level terrifying.
2 Manu Ginobili Gives a Ref a Technical
When you have won four NBA titles you have a little more leeway with the officials than a regular player does. That is why when Manu Ginobili was hit in the face by an errant pass from referee Leroy Richardson he decided with would be just the right time to throw said official the technical foul sign. It was the kind of humor in the moment that we sometimes miss in the money driven world of today’s professional sporting climate. That Ginobili is able to have a laugh and a joke with the referee should be applauded by all.
1 Fan Destroyed in the Face by the Ball
Call this reason number one for not messing around on your cell phone during a sporting event. This is especially true if you are in the first few rows of the crowd and thus you are more likely to find yourself in harm’s way if a pass goes astray. This is exactly what happened to this Hornets fan as a pass from Lance Stephenson comes rocketing into the crowd. Sure, the reaction time was almost zero as the halfhearted attempt to block the flying ball by the guy in orange to the woman’s right shows, but maybe she would have been able to avoid a bloody nose had she been paying more attention to the game.
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