2009 NBA Playoffs | Dwight Howard Brings Down the Shot ClockCategory: Basketball
During the 1st quarter of his team Orlando Magic’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 duel with MVP Lebron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers, 2009 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard dunked the ball so hard that it brought down the 24-second shot clock above the basket. The game was temporarily halted for 8 minutes as it was being repaired. It was a sign of good things to come as they won 107-106.
The play was reminiscent of a young Shaquille O’Neal. Although I must say that it was not even close to what Shaq had done. Need proof? Watch these.
In this first video, Shaq not only brought down the shot clock but the entire backboard with it! This happened on April 23, 1993 against the New Jersey Nets during the last game of his rookie season while playing for the Orlando Magic.
On his first national LIVE TV appearance against the Phoenix Suns, then rookie Shaq introduced himself to the world with this dunk that slowly bent the goal to the ground. It was almost surreal!
The next season, the NBA decided to make the baskets Shaq-proof to prevent game delays. So, it was understandable that no one managed to bring down backboards anymore, Shaq even. But still, Dwight Howard’s dunk was enough to show people that he really is the next Superman!If you want to receive my latest posts, please subscribe to my full feed RSS or have them delivered through email. Just enter your email address below and hit the Subscribe button.