The NBA’s best viral videos of 2013
4. NBA suspends Dwyane Wade for low blow to Bobcats’ Sessioons. D-Wade’s on-off reputation as a “dirty player” became a topic of discussion once again after this dirty hit on Ramon Sessions.
Said Wade after the game: “I’m far from being a dirty player and my intent was never to kick Ramon Sessions.”
Really? Then what was it?
There were so many good flops in 2013 it was hard to pick out just one, but we went with the Point Forward’s No. 1 selection of 2012-13. Check out the post to see the best/worst flops of the year. But first, a public shaming of Chris Paul:
2. Caron Butler tricks Raptors with fake high-five in garbage time. This one might be the funniest and the meanest video on this list. You’ve got to give Butler credit for pulling a fast one on the Raptors and scoring some of the stinkiest garbage points in history.
Related: Caron Butler banned from Canada.
1. Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan dunks over Pistons’ Brandon Knight. It was one of SI.com’s 113 Best Moments of the Year and it’s firmly ingrained into our memories. No matter how many times you watch DeAndre Jordan throw down the perfect dunk on Brandon Knight, it seems to get even more thunderous the next.
Three underrated moments from this clip: the reaction on the Clippers’ bench, the face DeAndre Jordan makes at the end, and the fact that Brandon Knight was able to stand up and continue his NBA career (albeit in a different city).
Honorable Mention: Best of the rest
These videos didn’t make the cut, but we couldn’t do this post without them. Here’s the best of the rest from 2013:
• Video: Heat’s LeBron James angrily confronts Mario Chalmers during huddle. He apologized later, but LeBron screaming at ‘Rio pretty much confirmed what we already thought about the Heat’s intrasquad relationships.
A few other of our favorite “angry” moments: Nazr Mohammed carrying out a hit on LeBron, Tony Allen introducing his foot to Chris Paul’s face, Serge Ibaka and Matt Barnes getting along swimmingly and, of course, Stephen Jackson explaining why he choked Steve Francis in the club. The NBA: Where Amazing Happens.
• Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving can still dunk a basketball at age 63. It has been 27 years since Dr. J played in the NBA, yet the Hall of Famer proved he can still play above the rim with a running head start. Not bad for a guy who retired before Kevin Durant was born.
• We also have 50-year-old Michael Jordan throwing down and punking some little kids, which is exactly what we imagine him doing on a daily basis at the Charlotte YMCA.
• Heat dispute reports Michael Beasley required treatment for punching self in head. Just read that headline again. Let the significance sink in. The Heat had to formally dispute the claim that one of its players punched himself in the head so hard that he required medical treatment. For punching himself. In the head. Sigh. I present this video:
Runner-Up for Mid-Game Self-Inflicted Head Wounds: No one. Ever. Because, duh.
• Jeff Green’s buzzer-beater with 0.6 seconds left to beat the Heat. Dead-on Ray Allen impression.
• An insane outlet pass from Kevin Love for your viewing pleasure. It’s the little things in life that matter.
• Wizards announcer mistakes Trevor Ariza’s last second air-ball for ‘DAGGER!’ It gets funnier every time.
• Greg Oden dunks on first NBA touch in 1,418 days. Get well soon, Greg.
• Referee Bill Kennedy caught caught on hot mic telling coaches he’s ‘stalling’ for TV. This one didn’t exactly extinguish any lingering conspiracy theories held by paranoid NBA fans.
Prett-tay, prett-tay good.