By Matt Norlander
Oregon State just got the best possible PR it could have asked for on its trip to Macedonia. And that includes going there to help build homes for families in need.
Roberto Nelson, the outspoken, affable sophomore Beavers guard, got his beak broken recently while playing pick-up ball overseas. The best part: We have the video as proof. Nelson needed 20 stitches after casually -- yes, casually, as you'll see -- taking down a rim, a backboard and a shower of shards with him.
To watch the breakage, fast forward to the 2:10 mark in the video. After destroying the glass, Nelson responds to a worrier and says, "The hospital? I don't need no hospital." He does oblige and makes the trip down to the local infirmary. The blood isn't horrifying, but it's bad enough that it warrants a warning. The deep crimson takes over his face a few seconds after you see the backboard come crashing down.
This video, while just hitting the Web, didn't happen over the weekend. Nelson's teammate, Kevin McShane, blogged about the incident nearly two weeks ago, when it occurred. In the post, McShane notes that the guys were told not to dunk on the hoops, as they were old and didn't have flexible structures. So, in other words: real jerk move, Nelson.
And as a side note, who is paying for that? Does Oregon State foot the bill and send money for a new hoop to be erected? If that's the case, the stitches and gashes and blood and broken hoop were totally worth it. Nelson gets a boost in reputation, plus the distinction of being only one of a handful of humans to ever eradicate the glass off a hoop. It's an elite club. Darryl Dawkins sends out monthly email correspondence, from what I've heard.
Nelson averaged 7.5 points per game last season but figures to play a much more prominent role with the Beavers in 2011-12.
(H/T, CBB Nation Blog)