1 – Otto Porter in ‘Otto-pilot’
It has to start with the definitive Shaqtin A Fool clip, provided by Washington Wizards small forward Otto Porter last season.
In the clip we see Porter guarding Tony Snell of the Chicago Bulls in the corner and, well, just watch…
Hilariously, Porter is so set in 'Otto-pilot', as Shaq aptly describes it, that it doesn’t initially dawn on him Snell has gone when he flashes a look to check he is still by his side.
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2 – Not so Swaggy P
How does the old saying go, don’t count your chickens before they’ve hatched? Well clearly nobody ever told Lakers guard Nick ‘Swaggy P’ Young.
Swaggy P must have thought he was sure to make a highlight reel after showing off his handles before a step-back three. Until he had a look back at the basket… (1:30 onwards)
3 – Always watch where you celebrate
Violence against officials in any sport must never be encouraged. However, when unintentional, it can lead to hilarious clips as shown by the pain Carlos Boozer dished out to referee Danny Crawford.
Crawford is just minding his own business after calling the foul on Boozer, who finishes the lay-up to get an and-one opportunity, before becoming an unwilling victim. The moral of the story is never celebrate too hard! (3:14 onwards)
4 – The Bulls forget to inbound the ball
You know it’s bad when your whole team is included in a Shaqtin A fool moment, and it happened with the Chicago Bulls when they appeared to forget they needed someone to inbound the ball.
Instead of someone taking the ball from the official, all five Bulls on the court ran a play to get the ball inbounded, the only problem being that it left none of them to pass it in. (2:11 onwards)
5 – A JaVale McGee classic
There couldn’t be a Shaqtin A Fool top ten without the two-time ‘Shaqtin MVP’ JaVale Mcgee.
Initially, this looks to be going well, McGee dribbles neatly behind his back past two players, until it all goes sour.
He then loses control of his footing, attempts to throw a half-court alley-oop to Kenneth Faried which flies five feet over the basket and finishes it off by taking out his teammate, Ty Lawson. (44 seconds onwards)
6 – Samuel Dalembert tries to guard a free throw shooter
Now if you’re unfamiliar with basketball, a free throw is an opportunity to get a shot at the basket from the free-throw line with no defenders.
Clearly Samuel Dalembert hadn’t been paying attention to the game before he checked in at a time-out, as he went straight to the man he was supposed to be guarding, without realising one key thing… (42 seconds onwards)
7 – Luis Scola is wide open!
In a Shaqtin moment similar to Dalembert’s, Luis Scola passes the ball to a teammate and cuts straight to the free-throw line, screaming for the ball as he is wide open.
The only slight problem is that he is wide open because a foul has been called and the other nine players on the court have stopped moving. (3:28 onwards)
8 – JaVale McGee is too eager to defend
He's back again. Nothing could be done to keep JaVale McGee out of this top ten for a second time and unfortunately little good happens for McGee once again during this entire Shaqtin clip.
He nearly loses the ball dribbling between his legs, throws up a wild hook shot which misses the hoop completely and runs back into the defensive end of the court, only to realise his team got the offensive rebound and still have the ball. (1:27 onwards)
9 - Greg Smith provides the worst three-second violation in history
Now there are plays that just go wrong and there are some which are just plain silly. This from Houston Rockets player Greg Smith was, unfortunately, the latter.
There is a rule in basketball which forbids offensive players from staying in the paint for more than three seconds, so Smith smartly decided he would tie his shoelaces in the paint, costing his team a turnover. (3:13 onwards)
10 – The San Antonio Spurs Coyote hits the floor (twice!)
Even the coldest of souls must enjoy some mascot entertainment, and this clip was provided by the San Antonio Spurs coyote.
Staying safe in the crowd, the unsuspecting coyote is hit in with the ball and careers backwards to the ground, getting up only to hit the deck once again and lose his eyes in the process! (1:22 onwards)