Boston Celtics guard Von Wafer makes the worst play of the 2010-2011 NBA season. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Congratulations Von Wafer. You've been known as a headcase ever since your meltdowns in Houston, but your play tonight will stand for enternity as the best representation of your frustrating, misguided NBA career. So many things go wrong here that it's worth the time to provide a proper accounting.
First, some context. The Boston Celtics, a top playoff team that's been struggling recently, decided to rest their players at the end of the season during a game against one of the league's worst teams, the Washington Wizards. Even though Boston's second string should still be able to beat Washington's starters, the game manages to go to overtime, surely a frustrating proposition for all involved.
With the Celtics up two with roughly two minutes to play in OT, Wafer takes the ball to the rack against some pathetic Wizards defense and attempts to power slam the ball with his right hand. He misses badly, but is so clueless that he doesn't realize it, instead gesticulating to the baseline cameras and road crowd. Did I mention this was a game his team should have won 20 minutes ago?
If the missed dunk and end zone celebration weren't enough for you, Wafer finally realizes that play is continuing, stopping his preening for just long enough to run smack dab into Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal, who was attempting a post move on the left block. Wafer contacts O'Neal as he's dribbling, causing the ball to hang up. O'Neal then attempts to dribble again, leading to the mandatory double-dribble call from the baseline referee.
Add it all up -- the missed dunk, the preening, the collision -- and Wafer made three ridiculous errors in less than five seconds. In overtime. Of a game with playoff implications. The best part? The Wizards came back to win, 95-94, sealing the Celtics as the Eastern Conference's No. 3 seed.
Here's a look at the sequence, which will surely become blooper reel fodder for years to come, courtesy of YouTube user Hiimyfriend.