Monday, May 16, 2011

Fotog FAIL on Taj Gibson put-back dunk

Inside the last minute of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, garbage time of the Bulls 20-point blow-out win over the Heat, Taj Gibson executed a perfect put-back dunk. The Heat left Gibson an open lane from the left side of the paint to move to the perfect position and body orientation in front of the rim. The ball skipped off the rim perfectly from C.J. Watson's 3-point shot from the top of the arc for Gibson to reach back with the full extension of his 7'4" reach to catch the ball with one hand and dunk it in one motion. Really cool.

The funny part of the dunk is the photographer in the gray shirt getting up and leaving while the play is unfolding. He's about even with the 1st row of seats, walking away with his back to the court when Gibson dunks. The replay ends just as the fotog looks over his shoulder in reaction to the crowd erupting. Too late, guy. The fotog sat under the basket presumably the entire game taking photos. His job is to take 100s of pictures at every basketball game in hopes of capturing special shots like the Gibson dunk. He was sitting in the perfect spot to take a head-on shot of Gibson's dunk, too, but decided to leave the game just a few seconds and one play too early. There's a life lesson in there somewhere. I wonder what his boss thinks?



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