I have seen my share of bone-headed plays in my lifetime of watching sports, but the one CJ Watson pulled at what turned out to be the end of the Bulls' season might just take the cake.
I'm sure that you saw the play if you're reading this, but the Bulls had Game 6 won. Plain and simple, we were heading back to Chicago for a Game 7.
The Bulls led 78-77 after Spencer Hawes hit a layup with 12.8 seconds left. The Bulls were able to quickly inbound the ball to Watson (I refuse to call him CJ ever again, he's a stranger to me now), the best free throw shooter the Bulls had on the floor.
Philly attempted to foul him in the back-court, but missed. He was dribbling free, waiting to be fouled (or so we all assumed). But then, for some idiotic reason, Watson decides to pass the ball to Omer Asik under the basket.
What part of "when a team leads with under 24 seconds to play and the shot clock off, they give the ball to their best FT shooter and let the other team foul him" does Mr Watson not understand?
And you passed to one of the worst 5 free throw shooters in the league? How stupid are you?
If someone hunts you down in Chicago, it's your own fault for going back to the city. You single-handedly lost this game, and probably the series, with a Webber-esqe move.
That all being said, why didn't Asik fake an injury after he was flagrantly fouled? Yeah I know they didn't call a flagrant, but he got grabbed from behind by the shoulders by a player who made no play on the ball, that's a flagrant.
Even Shaq called it on TNT, it was a flagrant, plain and simple.
Anyway, if a player is too injured to shoot FT's, he can't return to the game and the other team gets to choose which player shoots the FTs. No matter who the Sixers chose, he was guaranteed to be better than Asik.
That's something that I'd expect a professional staff to think about- of course I'm a Patriots fan so maybe it's not fair of me to hold Thibodeau to a Belechick-ish standard. But that's something I work on with Asik if he's going to be on the floor at the very end of a game- which you know he will be eventually.
The bad non-flagrant call sucked, but it never should have been possible. If idiot Watson doesn't give the ball to Asik, he's shooting two free throws.
Or maybe Watson was afraid he'd choke with the game on the line.
As a Kentucky Wildcat fan, all I can say is that Watson is a "typical Tennessee Volunteer".