Style Points: Kemba Walker Can’t Stop Breaking Ankles

  • Kemba Walker

    Only a few games after Kemba Walker put a move on Chris Paul that had the NBA Point God tripping into another realm, the Bobcats point guard came back against and put a series of moves on Chicago’s Nikola Mirotic that had the international import ready to just hand in his uniform. This is one of the nastiest — and legit — ankle-breakers we’ve seen in a long time. Even Michael Jordan was impressed.

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  • Ben McLemore

    Ben McLemore is looking like a much better player during his second season in the NBA. And we always knew he could get up and dunk. Still, though, his recent YouTube-ing of Toronto’s Amir Johnson was noteworthy for a few reasons. One, Amir challenged it and fouled Ben on the play. And two, he fell on his behind. On the break. That’s embarrassing.

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  • Kenneth Faried/Nate Robinson

    The Denver Nuggets get ALL of the style points on this one. First, Faried dropped the hammer over what felt like Chicago’s entire roster, coming down on the fast break, catching the pass, and taking off from somewhere in Montana.

    On the bench, Robinson took the sports cliche “playing like a man possessed” and turned it into a reality with this one.

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  • Stephen Curry and his wife

    I won’t be the first one to ask: Where’s the full track? This goes hard.

    Having a little fun at the expense of Drake‘s line I been Steph Curry with the shot / Been cookin’ with the sauce, chef, curry with the pot, boy in the track “0-100/The Catch Up,” the Golden State star and his wife Ayesha showed how they get down in the kitchen. Probably one of the most random, but best, moments of the season so far.

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  • Nike Kyrie 1

    Nike Basketball

    Kyrie Irving

    One of the game’s most exciting players, Kyrie finally got laced with his own signature sneaker and logo from Nike. The Kyrie 1 features Zoom Air in the forefoot, Hyperfuse construction, and a 360-degree dynamic traction pattern along the shoe sidewalls. With a who’s who of NBA names in attendance — from teammate LeBron James to legends Penny Hardaway and Charles Barkley — one of the NBA’s best young point guards got to introduce personal details that make the shoe all his own. What stands out to us most of all, at least, are the jagged patterns on the heel and toe. They are inspired by the Sydney Opera House in Australia, Irving’s homeland.

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  • Kemba Walker
  • Ben McLemore
  • Nate Robinson
  • Stephen Curry
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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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