Skip to main content

The biggest brainfart in NBA history

Kobe-Bryant

They were supposed to be the next unbeatable team. Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace, and Mike D'Antoni as the coach - one paper, the '12/'13 Lakers were a juggernaut. Their season finished in the first round of the playoffs, where the 6th seed Spurs had no problem and swept the Lakers. A lot of people weren't surprised.

Their game on March 6th against the young New Orleans Hornets was the perfect encapsulation of the Lakers' entire season. A 19-year-old Anthony Davis was in his first NBA season, with Greivis Vasquez as the team leader in minutes and Eric Gordon as the Hornets leading scorer with 17 points a game. Still, the Lakers found themselves down 19 points at halftime. We can only assume how furious Kobe was in the locker room, and whatever he told the team worked. After trading baskets in the 3rd quarter, the Lakers mounted a comeback in the 4th.

Kobe was playing out of his mind, and Dwight Howard was finally the player everyone was looking forward to seeing. Howard played tremendous defense with 5 fouls and had a monster block on Robin Lopez with 30 seconds to go. If Lopez had made that shot, the game would've been tied. What happened next could only be described as the biggest brainfart moment in NBA history. With 23.6 seconds to go in the game, the Lakers were inbounding the ball and the Hornets, somehow, forgot what side of the court they are on.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

This is Mike D'Antoni at his finest. To even think this would work is insane, and to pull it off legendary. The Lakers lined up as if they were attacking their own basket, and somehow the Hornets went for it. A straight line and dunk to the basket later, the Lakers were up 4. How does this happen??? LA won 108 - 102; they finished the turnaround with a 20-0 run!

For the Lakers, this was a cathartic turning point, giving Laker Nation hope the team is finally coming together, right in time with the playoffs around the corner. Many years later, it is remembered as one of the most baffling moments ever witnessed on a basketball court.

Why Arvydas Sabonis never reached his full potential in the NBA

'Arvydas could qualify for a handicapped parking spot' - Why Arvydas Sabonis never reached his full potential in the NBA

A complicated situation, series of injuries and a newly-found love in a foreign country were all factors why the NBA never saw the best version of Arvydas Sabonis

Here's why Emoni Bates will never be Kevin Durant

NBA prospect hyped as the 'Next Kevin Durant' has one major difference from the real KD

Emoni Bates has been drawing comparisons to Kevin Durant. However, their views on social media are nothing alike

Gregg Popovich wanted Kawhi Leonard to be like the Spurs' defensive stopper Bruce Bowen

Gregg Popovich once told Kawhi Leonard that he needed to surpass a certain undrafted Spurs legend

This may be the reason why Kawhi Leonard turned into one of the most lethal defenders of all time.

Russell Westbrook responds to Skip Bayless calling him ‘Westbrick’ on Twitter

Don’t say anything here you wouldn’t say to my face” - Russell Westbrook responds to Skip Bayless calling him ‘Westbrick’ on Twitter

Bayless said that the Lakers selection of Max Christie, who struggled shooting the three in college, would fit in great with ‘Westbrick’, which drew a quick response from Westbrook.

The origin of Michael Jordan's Jumpman logo

Michael Jordan’s Jumpman logo inspiration was revealed and it’s not what you think

Michael Jordan used his own brand to build a business empire. The iconic Jumpman logo will be forever associated to him. However, it was actually inspired from a ballet move and not MJ going for a dunk.

How Kobe Bryant's endorsements helped him bring in money off the court
Play

How Kobe Bryant's endorsements helped him bring in money off the court

Bryant quickly inked a sneaker deal with Adidas that helped open up many different doors for him in the future.

Ray Allen “hearbroken” on overturned abortion verdict

Ray Allen is “hearbroken” after the overturned abortion verdict: "Guns are more protected than a woman’s rights are"

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, removing women's right to abortion which prompted Ray Allen to compare the ruling to rectifying gun laws.

Morris Peterson on getting ejected after slapping Vince Carter: 'We always joke around'

Morris Peterson on getting ejected after slapping Vince Carter: 'We always joke around'

In 2006, Morris Peterson and Vince Carter playfully slapped one another during a game that resulted in Mo Pete being ejected