Originally written October 14, 2011 on State Of The Celtics:



How stupid was this? Seriously, this might be the most outrageous alley-oop pass in the history of alley-oop passes. A one-handed, towering pass over his head to Kenneth Faried as he was walking back towards the other end of the floor. It was the best pass of the lockout that has been caught on tape, which almost actually means something.

Of course, the clip is more bittersweet than it is awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping. As I was watching it I was thinking to myself, "Oh man, I can't wait to see this kind of action once the season starts next mon--oh crap." The truth of the matter is that we won't be seeing plays like this anytime soon. I've said my piece on the lockout numerous times and I don't want to sound like a broken record right now, so I'll save that for another day (probably when they cancel more games). These are the moments that the NBA prides itself on and it's great watching my team's All-Star point guard make some random Division III college team look silly, but I want to see him do it against the best of the best. Instead, we're relegated to watching 40-second clips on YouTube to get rid of our hoops withdrawal. The novelty of random exhibition games will soon wear off as fans yearn for actual, meaningful basketball.

On the bright side, I guess Rondo's elbow is doing okay.
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