Few plays in professional basketball excite the crowd more than an alley-oop. Of course, there are different excitement levels to alley-oops. You have your standard back-door oop, which while exciting, is the most common of them all. Then you have your half court oop which really tends to get the crowd going, but it’s the out of bounds alley-oop that really gets the crowd abuzz.
Often times, teams will attempt to use the out of bounds alley-oop as a last second hope – a play that almost never works. Unlike most alley-oops which take place on fast breaks involving defensive players out of position, inbounds oops are extremely difficult to pull of as defenses are set and players constantly surround the hoop.
Except for last night when Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Blake, struggling to get the ball in bounds, found a streaking Wesley Johnson for the impressive slam.
Of course, it all would have been prevented if Josh Smith hadn’t fallen asleep at the wheel, but it certainly made for some eye-candy.
H/T Steve Noah