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Video: Carlos Arroyo hits LeBron James with a 50-foot lob

Dan Devine
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Some bah-humbuggers out there are probably looking askance at this. There are at least a few readers who are crinkling up their noses and saying, "But Dan, these kinds of plays are becoming a nightly occurrence in the NBA. There's nothing special about a halfcourt alley-oop anymore. It's practically boring now, unless Blake Griffin's(notes) involved, and even then, it's still kind of boring."

My rebuttal:

That right there is a man flying through the air, grabbing a perfect pass lasered at him from 50 feet away (Carlos Arroyo(notes) actually lets that go from about two steps behind halfcourt) and stuffing it with extreme authority. It's a Swiss watch. It's a thing of beauty. That more and more people are doing something so awesome doesn't mean it's no longer awesome — it just means we get more opportunities to enjoy something awesome. And that's, y'know, pretty awesome.

So let's not let these party poopers sit there, on Boxing Day Eve Eve of all days, and poop on this particular "Nice play, LeBron James(notes)" party. Instead, let's count ourselves lucky that we get to see as many amazing feats of athleticism as we do.

And if that doesn't sway you, then blah blah blah highly efficient offense blah blah blah high-percentage shots blah blah blah great court vision blah blah blah orthodoxy.

Hit the jump for video of Bron-Bron's monster Dunk of the Night winner, where he sliced through the Phoenix Suns' defense for a strong and-one finish.

International readers ("Int'l read'rs"): If the clip above isn't rocking for you, please feel free to enjoy the alley-oopage courtesy of m0l0k0vell0cet.

Yipes. LeBron finished with 36 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals as the Miami Heat notched a 95-83 victory over the Suns.

International readers ("Int'l read'rs"): If the clip above isn't rocking for you, please feel free to enjoy the cramwich courtesy of m0l0k0vell0cet.