The Los Angeles Lakers have become a running joke in the NBA this season as they once again flounder at the bottom of the Western Conference.
They may have taken the whole "running" and "joke" bit a little too literally though, botching what should have been an easy fast break opportunity against the Denver Nuggets. Corey Brewer decided to try his hand at recreating the kind of pass the Showtime Lakers would be proud of.
After the hilarious result, it might be the last time he ever gathers the courage to try something more than a simple chest or bounce pass again.
Here's the play, via YouTube:
You may have noticed a thundering, deep voice calling the game during the video. Yes, adding insult to injury to Brewer is the fact that Shaquille O'Neal was not only in the arena, but part of the commentary crew working the game.
There's absolutely no way this poor of a play doesn't make the "Shaqtin' a Fool" cut, with Big Diesel having an up-close look as the disaster unfolded.
"You know what that's gonna' be on Thursday," Shaq said following Brewer's errant behind-the-back pass, referencing he was Shaqtin' bound. "Silly play, silly play by the veteran Corey. He should have just gave that to him."
Just one day after an undefended D'Angelo Russell carelessly kicked a ball out of bounds, Brewer took a crack at besting him. It's hard to pick which turnover was worse, though stumbling and bumbling out of bounds like D'Angelo did is tough to beat.
All Brewer had to do was complete a very simple pass to Jordan Clarkson and the Lakers would've scored an easy two points. Instead, a cameraman was the recipient, and the play could stand as one of the worst this year for the Lakers.
This standalone sequence could stand as a great analogy of how poorly the Lakers played in Denver Monday night. They found themselves down by as many as 32 points, looking lost as they collected their 47th loss of the season.
Brewer was a trade deadline acquisition, brought on board as part of the package the Houston Rockets sent to the Lakers in exchange for Lou Williams. He's a veteran swingman, but clearly not a veteran behind-the-back passer.
In a season full of horrible basketball, this stands as one of the worst displays of hoops from the Lakers. Perhaps it was all just a plot to pay tribute to the fact that Shaq was in the building. Well played in that case, Brewer. Nailed it.