NBA Players are near the center of America's sports-obsessed culture. Their athleticism attracts endless amounts of attention from sports fanatics, while their celebrity makes them a conversation topic even during the offseason. They aren't just giants in a physical sense, but also a metaphorical one. Stars like LeBron James, Allen Iverson, and Shaquille O'Neal aren't just good at their craft; they're part of lore.
Perhaps that's why it's always interesting to see these figures get broken down by a fraction of a second with twitches and quick misdirections. If facials are the main course, then well-executed crossovers are the desert because you're always hitting that replay button. Every basketball fan will laud the sight of a fake that sends a star crumbling to the hardwood. Fundamentals be damned!
But no matter how badly some of these ballers get their ankles contorted, no matter how unfortunate they look tripping on their own feet, they still get up to perform their high-paying, ball playing duties—just maybe minus some dignity. Meanwhile, the kid who gets grounded on the blacktop may literally get carried and tossed off the court in despair (or did that only happen to the author?).
Anyway, gawk at the fallen and frozen bodies and marvel at the ball-handling prowess in The 50 Greatest Ankle-Breakers in NBA History in GIFs.
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