I would have loved this play just as much even if Mamba hadn't been the victim. Okay, not really. But seriously, this is awesome.

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OpenID t0ddd said...
No idea how to e-mail so I'm gonna comment here.

Checking my Twitter tonight and Shaq posted after the loss to the Celts. I lol'd and had to make this.

http://images.icanhascheezburger.com/completestore/2009/2/22/128798372495603250.jpg

Blogger CanucksConnected said...
Chris Paul is smooooth.

Only way that could be funnier is if Mamba was doing the big balls dance on the way back.

Anonymous Brizzle said...
too bad chris paul acted like a total idiot when it counted, and made a stupid decision that cst the hornets the game.

less than 24 seconds on game clock and instead of making the opponent foul YOU, yu go and charge into ne of the greatest actors (fisher) in NBA history

Anonymous Anonymous said...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQtRXQpZHHg
...another funny one, coincidentally its the lakers against the hornets courtesy of lamar odom

Anonymous Karl said...
It's funny, because another great moment in inbounding history occurred with these same two teams in LA:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQtRXQpZHHg

Blogger karl said...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tvAi-xCFtE

Another for good measure. I wonder if the good ol' boys at TNT have used this against Kenny.

Anonymous Mick Dundee said...
Did you see Kobe nearly blow that game against the Timberwolves? Missed an open layup in the crunch and then nearly got stripped before launching a stupid, stupid leaning three that Lamar Odom cleaned up with a tip-in.

His teammates really bailed him out of that one.

I think for nearly every great final quarter Kobe has, there is an equally boneheaded one.

Anonymous Mick Dundee said...
And while we're on the topic of Kobe bloopers, this one of him punching the ball into his own face always brings a smile to mine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeBtsQ-e3ko&feature=related

Blogger hijacktheparade said...
Anyone remember Pippen's off-the-back inbound in the '93 Finals? That was hilarious.

Anonymous dunkside said...
the one such play that i remember belongs to scottie pippen and took place (if i am not mistaken) in the playoffs. while inbounding the ball from beneath the opps basket he bounced the ball of one defender's ass and then smoothly laid it in the basket. couldn't find the video, but that was one smart play by pippen.

Blogger Wild Yams said...
I'm torn on whether to think that CP3 inbounds play was smart or not. He wasn't able to start a fast break or anything with that play, and he actually came dangerously close to turning it over. I'd never seen anyone do that on an inbounds off a made basket like that, but the net effect really was just that Kobe turned around and was able to put pressure on the ball in the backcourt. I guess the question is: would you want someone from your own team doing that play with any regularity? What if Kobe had turned a bit and the ball had bounced off his elbow or something and gone right back to Paul while he was out of bounds? Just seems smarter to wait for someone else to inbound it to.

Doing that same play while under the opponents' basket (a la Pippen as referenced above) is very smart though, because you can get an easy layup out of it. All Paul got out of this play though was the ball inbounded 94 feet from the basket, and with a defender on him to boot. It's not really correct to say Kobe was "the victim" of this play, as people could do this a lot off of just about any layup, but I think there's a good reason why people don't do it. Paul's improvisation and split-second decision making is usually quite exciting and typically has good results, but a play like this one was IMO unnecessarily risky. He had another, much worse split-second decision later on.

As mentioned above, Paul completely cost his team the game on Friday with that stupid charge on Fisher. When you're up 3 and you have the ball with 20 seconds to go and the shot clock turned off, why shoot it at all? Even worse, why get into a position where you might could get called for an offensive foul? At that point running time off the clock is more important than scoring points. All he had to do was dribble it out or wait till he was intentionally fouled and if he'd made one of the two free throws New Orleans would have won. That was one of the stupidest plays I've seen all year, and it ended up costing his team a win.

Blogger Colin said...
Bosh got blocked on Friday, move the update there ;)

Anonymous Anonymous said...
it was awfully stupid of paul. what advantage did he get doing that? just more pressure from Kobe while dramatically increasing the probability of a turnover.

Blogger Drake said...
How about the corpse of Eddie Jones on Dallas inbounding the ball to.....nobody?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEMhTYi5B2U

Anonymous Anonymous said...
That play guaranteed a Hornets loss, and cost them their season. How? Read on. Why piss Kobe Bryant off by embarrassing him. As smooth as the move was, it was exponentially stupid. So CP3 gets a highlight clip, big deal. The Lakers got the win. Kobe would have given a little extra if needed just to ensure a victory as payback for that show of disrespect.

Additionally, if they meet in the playoffs, the Hornets will have the near impossible task of defeating a better team whose top player is already extremely competitive, but now it's personal.

So, not only did CP3 cost them that game, he guaranteed they won't move past the Lakers in the playoffs if they even get that far. That's how he cost the entire city of New Orleans and it's basketball fans their season. All in all, it was pretty selfish.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
CP3 guaranteed there won't be any championship celebration in NO this year at the very least. Kobe will not forget the disrespect CP3 showed with that play. If they meet in the playoffs, there's no way they will beat a better team whose top player is extremely competitive, the league's most talented, and now it's personal? That's assuming they even get that far.

You might say it's unrealistic, but if you were Kobe, with his skills (he is one of the few players that can impose his will on a game) and sense of urgency, wouldn't that move have left such a bad taste in your mouth to give you the extra push to beat these guys?

If I was Kobe I'd want to physically assault Paul to teach him a lesson, but since it's illegal, bad for endorsements, and bad for my team (miss games) I'd go for the next best thing - guaranteeing a series victory if we ever meet in the playoffs. On top of that, defeat them every time we meet while I and my team are physically capable.

Why make things more difficult on you than they already are, Chris? I just don't understand.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Something that is lost in this clip is, IMO, the reason why CP3 did what he did: Kobe received the outlet pass and SLOWED down when he saw CP hustling back. I think this made CP3 mad and THAT is why he inbounded it off Kobe's back.

Anonymous Josh Threatts said...
This is not NEARLY as serious as you guys are making it. Calm down.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Ya, that's it anonymous, this play is going to be the downfall of the Hornets playoff hopes. hahaha

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