Let me tell you a story.
It was the beginning of sophomore year. College. Late-night pickup games going on in the gym. Anyone who went to a Division III school knows how it goes during those first few weeks in September. Everyone is out to prove they belong on a team. Everyone is there to show out and stunt. From the cats on the team to baby-faced freshmen who couldn’t even start on their high school team. The games aren’t necessarily high-intensity but they are high-energy. And one night I got a little too excited.
The end result? The most embarrassing play of my basketball life.
I got dropped. I’ll admit it. I came out too quick on an offensive player and he made a little jab step-and-go, and my legs just buckled. I went down on my backside and immediately felt like all I wanted to do was grab my ball and go home. The gym was flooded and it felt like the whole world was laughing at me.
The excuse for getting your ankles broke is that it happens to the best of us. Anyone who’s ever played ball — legit ball — has either gotten broke or been dunked on at some point in their life. Yet knowing that doesn’t make it any better.
That must be how Nikola Mirotic felt recently after Charlotte’s Kemba Walker unleashed one of the nastiest moves we’ve ever seen in the NBA. Through-the-legs, crossover, behind-the-back…this was a very real ankle-breaker, the type that takes you hours to get over.
The Chicago forward isn’t alone, though, as Kemba caught Chris Paul a few games prior. That continuous disregard for any defender is what has Walker leading Style Points this week. Because, and this definitely applies to a Charlotte team struggling to get wins, it’s not about what you do but how you do it.
Today on The Drop, get caught up on all the swag from the past few weeks in Style Points: Kemba Walker Can’t Stop Breaking Ankles.
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