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Video: O.J. Mayo ran to the wrong basket

Eric Freeman
Ball Don't Lie

In a season full of weird NBA happenings, there's been none more bizarre than center JaVale McGee's hustling to get back on defense when his team still had the ball. For a player to be that confused, all while putting forth a good amount of effort, was pretty shocking.

Somehow, another player made a similar mistake, although under different circumstances. In the third quarter of Saturday night's game between the Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks, Zach Randolph and Vince Carter met for a jump ball near the Mavs basket. Randolph won the tip easily, and Quincy Pondexter and O.J. Mayo ran a few feet back to retrieve the ball. That's what it looked like, at least, until Mayo ran in the other direction thinking he had a clear breakaway for an easy dunk. Apparently he lost his bearings while the referees were setting up the jump.

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McGee's mistake was funnier — it was JaVale, after all — but Mayo's might be even goofier. In a few seconds, he forgot his entire orientation in the game — JaVale just forgot to pay attention to a rebound.

Of course, if McGee had done something similar he would have turned around and wondered why his teammates hadn't joined him. The real superstars don't realize when they screw up. To them, it's perfectly normal.

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