It takes a lot of guts to go for a between-the-legs pass during an NBA game. Pull it off, and you’re almost guaranteed a highlight people swoon over. Fail, and you’re best off setting your social media accounts to private for a few days.
That might be a strategy employed by Orlando Magic guard Mario Hezonja soon. The 22-year-old tried to capitalize on a 4-on-1 fast break with a highlight-caliber between-the-legs pass. It did not go well.
As the announcers say at the end of the clip, “Sometimes, [Hezonja] just doesn’t make good decisions.” That seems like an understatement.
The play came with the Magic leading 41-35 in the second quarter, so while it wasn’t the ideal time to try for a flashy play, it didn’t happen at a crucial moment in the contest. You would hope it convinced Hezonja to just deliver a normal pass next time he finds himself in that situation.
Still, we have to give Hezonja credit. In the end, his pass did result in a highlight. Just not one he’s going to want to celebrate any time soon.
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