The Los Angeles Lakers are likely hoping their 2014 summer league performance isn’t an indication of what is to come during the regular season as not only was the team eliminated from contention in the Las Vegas tournament on Friday, things got really ugly during their final game.
Despite coming out victorious over the Denver Nuggets, the Lakers may have given fans what proves to be the low light of summer league action with a botched alley-oop attempt that had the crowd in stitches.
On a clean breakaway, Los Angeles Lakers point guard DeAndre Kane made his way towards the hoop and had the option of laying it in for a clean two points. That’s likely what the coaching staff was hoping for, but wanting to make an impression Kane decided to slow things down, allowing him to throw what was setting up to be an impressive alley-oop.
Things seemed to be going to plan until both Julius Randle and Xavier Gibson decided they’d both go for the hammer flush at the same time.
As expected, that didn’t work and the would-be oop was nothing more than an unforced turnover as all players involved couldn’t help but turn their heads in disappointment.
Embarassing as that might have been for the Los Angeles Lakers players, it’s certainly not the worst we’ve seen in recent memory. That honor likely goes to Derrick Williams of the Sacramento Kings, who last season decided to throw a self alley-oop only to blow it on a breakaway, resulting in an immediete benching from head coach Michael Malone.