In Game 1 of the 2011 Eastern Conference finals, Chicago Bulls reserve forward/center Taj Gibson threw down a dunk so hard over Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade (the clip can be found here) that it was eventually immortalized in cake form — the highest compliment some Western nations can give.
In honor of Kris Humphries’ recent legal emancipation from the Kardashian clan, Gibson decided to throw down his own sort of tribute in the face of the Brooklyn Nets reserve forward. During the second quarter of Thursday night’s Game 3 between the Bulls and Nets, this unfortunate event took place:
(As someone who is perched at the United Center as I write this, I should point out that the Bulls crowd was going gaga over the replay some 10 to 15 minutes — and several timeouts — later. And if you think I'm being a little too hard on Humphries, understand that his first move upon entering the game tonight was to leer at the Chicago Bulls cheerleaders while "stretching" on his team's net.)
Gibson has had a rough 2012-13. He seemed out of place and potentially out of shape to start the season, perhaps lost with former Bench Bash Brother Omer Asik now plying his defensive trade as a member of the Houston Rockets. Just as Gibson began to round into form during the winter, unfortunately, a sprained MCL put a knee brace on his leg and a sharp screech to his 2012-13 acceleration.
On Thursday night, though, nothing was getting in his way. Not even a onetime basic cable heel in a dark uniform. Call the confectioners.
(Original video courtesy Ben Golliver at The Point Forward.)