One of the nice aspects of the lockout is that basketball fans have been forced to focus on areas of the game they usually overlook. Summer pro-am leagues are an obvious example, but even tournaments as big as the European Championships usually get short shrift in the face of important NBA news like Mickael Pietrus' latest destination and Tim Donaghy's latest allegations about mascots betting on games.
Now, though, we can luxuriate in all the wonder that these tournaments have to offer. Check out the video above of this Nicolas Batum dunk from a recent game involving France and Great Britain. It's a nice play, certainly. The real attraction, though, is Ronny Turiaf's reaction in the angle near the end of the clip. I'm not sure exactly how to describe it, but "Ray Lewis stepping into a puddle while dancing" feels close.
It's the kind of ecstatic post-play reaction that Turiaf has become famous for during his NBA career. It's so great, in fact, that now I'm getting all sad about missing out on moments like this one next season. Even when you try to enjoy another part of the basketball world, you can't help but feel some loss over the lockout.