NBA Player’s Embarrassing Moment, Video: O.J. Mayo ran to the wrong basket, In a season full of weird NBA happenings, there’s been none more bizarre than center JaVale McGee’s hustling to get back on defense when his team still had the ball. For a player to be that confused, all while putting forth a good amount of effort, was pretty shocking.
Somehow, another player made a similar mistake, although under different circumstances. In the third quarter of Saturday night’s game between the Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks, Zach Randolph and Vince Carter met for a jump ball near the Mavs basket.
Randolph won the tip easily, and Quincy Pondexter and O.J. Mayo ran a few feet back to retrieve the ball. That’s what it looked like, at least, until Mayo ran in the other direction thinking he had a clear breakaway for an easy dunk. Apparently he lost his bearings while the referees were setting up the jump.
McGee’s mistake was funnier – it was JaVale, after all – but Mayo’s might be even goofier. In a few seconds, he forgot his entire orientation in the game – JaVale just forgot to pay attention to a rebound.