The Los Angeles Lakers succumbed to the Golden State Warriors during NBA preseason action Sunday night as the Warriors put on a shooting masterclass to defeat Kobe Bryant and co 116-75.
With their opponents on relentless form at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario one Laker took drastic measure in an attempt to curtail the Warriors' free scoring night - veteran Ronnie Price taking aim with his own shoe in a bid to halt a fast break from Andre Iguodala.
You can check out the hilarious 'defensive play' HERE.
Price was a little off target as he desperately sought to halt the rampaging Iguodala, but while his sneaker (which had come lose as he was making his own play at the Warriors net) ended up flying past his opponent it didn't stop officials calling up the 31-year-old on the play.
Price was handed a technical foul for his unique play as NBA officials proved that even in preseason there are rules that must be obeyed.
The NBA journeyman has actually been praised for his defensive awareness by both Kobe Bryant and head coach Byron Scott in recent weeks but we have to assume the man most recently with the Orlando Magic has been showing something a little more orthodox at the Lakers facility to gain such praise.
His determination (and thinking outside the box) meanwhile cannot be questioned.
The Lakers were without a number of stars, including Jeremy Lin and Nick Young, on Ontario but their 41 point loss goes beyond injury worries.
Yes it is preseason but the Lakers' roster looked jaded and faltering in comparison to the quick paced, efficient game of the Golden State Warriors.
When a shoe is one of your greatest defensive weapons then you know you are in trouble, and if the Lakers cannot solve their issues before the regular season they could be in for a troubling time.
Next up for the Lakers is a game against the Utah Jazz this Thursday. Let's see if Price can keep his foot wear to himself for that one.