Chicago Bulls rookie swingman Tony Snell is starting for the beleaguered squad because of injuries to Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, and Luol Deng; but he was in the rotation prior to those injuries because he consistently comes through with the kind of defense, three-point shooting potential, and all out hustle that coach Tom Thibodeau prefers. Snell hasn’t been able to make up for the recent absence of all three pivotal Chicago perimeter players so far, few in this league could, but he is trying, and he is learning.
Stuck in a rough 1-7 shooting night in Chicago’s brutal (for both teams) loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, the rookie decided to make up for his bricklaying on the offensive end by diving into the stands for a loose ball with the team down 20 points to the New York Knicks. That’s to be commended, though it tends to put fans on edge when a 6-7, 200-pound athlete comes flying into their cushy courtside seats.
Especially if you’re attending the game with a little kid right next to you. Take a look at what happened on Wednesday:
Kenny Meiselas represents the former Mr. Puff Dizzle, along with Lady Gaga and Nicky Minaj, and he sure showed some ace fatherly instincts in that situation. Snell might look whippet-thin in his rookie year, but 6-7 and 200 pounds are no joke to any fan, much less a little kid.
And as someone who often takes his daughters to minor league hockey and baseball games – played in smallish stadiums prone to launching either foul balls or hockey pucks into the stands – I know of the frustrating pang that tells you to never take your eye off the ball (or puck) for hours on end. Just to be safe. Beer helps with the reflexes and concentration, I’ve found.
Luckily, Meiselas was marvelously adept at pulling the kid to safety. And, as you can see at the end of the video, she has as good a handle as her father’s.
(Hat tip: DeAntae Prince at the Sporting News.)
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