Chicago Bulls Guard Aaron Brooks Throws Alley-Oop to No One in Particular

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterFebruary 11, 2015


The alley-oop is a play built on timing, trust and execution. If it’s any consolation, Aaron Brooks can check one of these boxes.

The Chicago Bulls backup point guard was on a fast break during Tuesday night’s game against the Sacramento Kings when he decided to execute the basketball equivalent of a trust fall.

With a vague notion of friendly jerseys in the area, Brooks placed faith in his teammates and floated the ball toward the rim. 

And just like that, the alley-oop to nowhere—spirit sibling of the hook shot to nowhere—was born.

It’s unclear which Marvel Comics character Brooks thought was trailing him on this one—Anthony Davis or Nightcrawler, perhaps. The reality of the situation, however, is the nearest Bull in the area was forward Nikola Mirotic, who is yet unproven in the ways of avian flight.

As for the ball itself, Brooks’ lob may still be drifting away this morning, floating over the Gary smokestacks on its way to South Bend, Indiana.

On the bright side, the Bulls don’t live and die by Brooks’ decision-making in transition, and Chicago notched its 33rd win of the season with a 104-86 victory over the troubled Kings.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau and company will host the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday night. Believe that no one will try a trust lob with the threat of LeBron James in the vicinity.

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