They put so much lacquer on the thing, it was an accident waiting to happen.
Derrick Marks had the handles and the touch, but he struggled to find his grip during Wednesday night's game against San Diego State.
After nailing a beautiful floater in the lane over two defenders, the Boise State guard ended up sliding on the ground out of bounds. Naturally, he attempted to hop up and head back on defense, but he couldn’t find his footing.
What followed was an endlessly entertaining exhibition of slippery shoes, which was spotted by Lost Lettermen. Poor Marks tried to stand up three times, with each attempt ending in utter failure.
After his third strike, Marks flipped over and grabbed at his shoes, which had seemingly betrayed him in his time of need.
In all fairness to Marks' footwear, no indoor basketball kicks maintain their grip on slick hardwood—least of all ones that had received the kind of abuse Marks had put on them over the course of this game.
The Boise State guard was everywhere on the floor and finished the contest with 21 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Hopefully, the SportsCenter anchors doing the "Not Top 10" will at least grant him that recognition when they do their rundown of this slippery nightmare.
Marks should be proud. Not of this moment, per se, but of how he and the Broncos went into the Viejas Arena and pushed the 13-1 Aztecs to the edge on their home court.
Boise State will be looking to rebound Saturday night against Wyoming, and one could expect Marks to spend a few minutes in pregame coaching up the mop boys on proper technique.
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