We've got a copy of James Naismith's original basketball rules framed and perched just a few feet away from where we write this, and NOT ONCE on that tattered and yellowed papyrus does it say that you're not allowed to bounce a basketball off of your head in an attempt to send an alley-oop to a teammate on a fast break.
And I'm sure if I were successful in summoning the ghost of Naismith to watch this clip from Saturday's Rondo-led charity game on YouTube, which I attempted, the first words out of his mouth would have gone something like this:
"What's an alley-oop?"
(End of bad '80s-era stand-up comedy attempt. Start of a ridiculous alley-oop clip.)
- James Naismith