Posted December 30, 2013

Video: Sixers’ Evan Turner apologizes to Lakers after unnecessary last-second dunk

Ben Golliver, Evan Turner, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers

Sixers guard Evan Turner had to apologize to the Lakers after throwing down a spinning windmill dunk during the closing seconds of Philadelphia’s 111-104 road victory on Sunday.

Turner’s exclamation point slam was a sight to behold, but it was also a clear late-game etiquette violation, and the fourth-year guard went out of his way to make amends to multiple Lakers who seemed miffed by the unnecessary dunk.

With just five seconds remaining and the Sixers leading 109-104, Philadelphia cleared a defensive rebound and it was time to run out the clock. Turner had a different plan, though, sprinting out into the open court as the Lakers prepared to walk off the court. Approaching the paint with no defenders around him, Turner launched into a 360 windmill dunk that went home with just 0.8 seconds remaining. The slam gave Philadelphia a seven-point lead.

As he jogged back down the court, Turner finally realized the time/score situation, and he put both of his hands up as he looked at the Lakers bench in dismay. He patted his chest, as if to say “My bad,” and he approached Jordan Hill, Shawne Williams, Jodie Meeks and Nick Young individually to offer individual apologies.

Williams simply ignored Turner, and Young looked none too pleased either. L.A.’s frustration was understandable: the Lakers were playing without Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash and Steve Blake, they lost Xavier Henry to a knee strain during the game, and the defeat marked the team’s fifth straight loss. If ever there was a bad time for a showboating, stat-padding faux pas in garbage time, this was it.

CSNPhilly.com reported that Turner further apologized in his post-game comments.

“I really thought there was 10 or 15 seconds left, so I didn’t think much of it until I came down,” Turner said. “Then I saw that it was .4 seconds and then I realized I was trippin’.”

“I apologized, and said I made a mistake,” Turner continued. “We are grown men. I shook hands. Nobody had anything to say so I am not going to worry too much about it.”

Turner finished with 22 points (on 9-for-19 shooting), seven rebounds and six assists in 42 minutes. Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 25 points (on 10-for-21 shooting) and nine rebounds.

Young scored a game-high 26 points (on 6-for-21 shooting) and grabbed six rebounds. Hill added 18 points (on 6-for-14 shooting) and 13 rebounds.

Philadelphia improved to 9-21 with the win; L.A. dropped to 13-18 with the loss.

Video via YouTube user gumbywithpokey

9 comments
bambam824
bambam824

And the Lakers apologize to the sixers for going old school on them in the Finals back in 2000. There is never a need to apologize to the 16 Championship Banner Lakers.

tbisa
tbisa

Ppl got grow up and stop crying like little babies

jasonxp
jasonxp

Apologize for a dunk? Are you freakin' kidding me? If for some reason it bothers you when your opponent scores on a dunk, how about running back and playing some damn transition defense instead of standing around? I know if I paid $300+ for a couple of tickets to see the game, I would appreciate that very-entertaining play by Turner.

TallTexan2
TallTexan2

No one looked "miffed" ... bored, yes.

Sportsblabber
Sportsblabber

It's nice to see such genuine humility, a sincere apology, and show of respect.  On the other hand, there's nothing obviously wrong with that dunk unless you're versed in the nuance of sports etiquette.  The rule is, never show up/humiliate/disrespect your opponent . . . because it's rude?  And suffering rudeness is worse than losing a game by 50 points, having your pre-game handshake rejected, or the pain of a hard foul?  You Earth humans make no sense to me . . .

RichSpalding
RichSpalding

In a sport where showboating is glamorized, no player should be offended to see a player make a dunk.  If this had been a 40 point blowout, maybe.   Otherwise, the Lakers should man up - that dunk was the least of their problems.  

mrbrianlopez
mrbrianlopez

@jasonxp Seeing as you're a Jazz fan, it's probably because it was against the Lakers that you're cool with it.

TallTexan2
TallTexan2

@RichSpaldingI hear some in the crowd booing, but not one Laker looks like he's miffed ... not a one.