WATCH: Rockets' Sam Dekker goes from fast break to broken in 7 seconds or less

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You can almost hear Sam Dekker thinking about it, talking himself through the moment in his head.

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“OK, Sam, here we go. You worked hard for this, you hustled for the loose ball, and now you’ve got it. You’ve got the ball, and you’re off to the races, all by yourself. Just you, open air, and the chance to let everybody in the world know who the hell you are by bringing down the hammer of the gods at Madison Square Garden.

“MSG, baby. The World’s Most Famous Arena. All the greats have shined brightest here, and now it’s my time. Sam’s time. Let’s take it to The Upper Dek, BAY-BEEEEEE –“

Except, um:

However the Wisconsin product and Houston Rockets swingman imagined his first professional game at Madison Square Garden going, I doubt that “tripping over my own feet on a breakaway, falling over without being touched, having the ball bounce up and hit me in the face, then losing it out of bounds for a turnover” factored into it. Like, at all.

And if the game doesn’t, “Shaqtin’ a Fool” surely will. Welcome to the show, Sam.

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