February 23, 2011
Folks, you can call the play featured above whatever you'd like; no one save me will judge you, and it's not like my judgments are binding. But if it's all the same to you, I'd prefer not to refer to it as a "circus shot."
Near as I can tell, Dwyane Wade(notes) did not deploy any dancing bears or sapped-of-their-will-to-do-much-of-anything-but-laconically-walk-in-a-circle elephants in the making of this slick falling flip during the Miami Heat's breezy 117-97 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. What Wade did do was beat Luther Head(notes) off the dribble at the top of the key (with some help from a Joel Anthony(notes) screen), gain the lane, change directions on DeMarcus Cousins(notes), trip over the Sacramento rookie's right foot and drain a right-handed scoop shot tossed over his left shoulder while airborne.
While certainly a lot of fun to watch, this is something that no one has ever done in any circus in history, that has little connection to giant tents reeking of animal dung, and that in no way features terrifying "clowns" (READ: face-painted transients who are all but certainly attempting to outrun cold justice for some grim deed they'd previously commited). It's very much a basketball thing, so take it easy with that Barnum and Bailey stuff.
(I will, of course, stipulate that DeMarcus Cousins does at times resemble an impeccably trained dancing bear, and that Chris Bosh(notes) has already displayed a lifelong worker's facility with the animal kingdom. I'm not an unreasonable man.)
International readers ("Int'l read'rs"): If the clip above isn't rocking for you, please feel free to peruse the off-balance underhandedness elsewhere via GoldLakerLion.