I don’t know about you, but I’ve been so preoccupied with the NFL, the MLB postseason, and the fact that there is no NHL that the 2012-13 NBA season kind of snuck up on me. It seems like just yesterday we were watching the USA All-Stars romp at the London 2012 Olympics and talking about the big off-season additions to the Los Angeles Lakers. Now, all of a sudden, the NBA is back, and I’m just not in the basketball spirit. So today I thought I’d do myself a favor (and anyone else out there like me) and get into the basketball spirit in the best way I know how: by looking at a bunch of hilarious animated GIFs of basketball fails. Take a look, and get yourself pumped up for what I think will be a very interesting NBA season.
Yeah, coaches don't like it when you miss wide open dunks.
25. Disappointed Coach
This one is from the preseason. It was Dwyane Wade's first game back after having surgery. Obviously, even superstars can get a little rusty.
24. Rusty D-Wade
That's what you get for playing basketball on a unicycle.
23. Unicycle Basketball
Come on, bruh, Stuart Scott aint about to shake no hands. Dude's way to cool for that.
22. Handshake Fail
This woman's fail isn't the actual lame high five attempt. It's believing LeBron would actual reciprocate her excitement in the first place. Sure, it was a charity basketball game, so you might think the guys would be more casual and have some fun, but no. Not LeBron. No matter the situation, he's always cooler than you, silly fan lady.
21. Douche Detection Fail
This one is a classic. It's from a Euroleague game. As you can see, the white team thinks they've got the game won thanks to a last-second three pointer, so they hug each other and jump up and down. Then the other team inbounds the ball and drains a three-quarter-court shot to win the game. Celebration: premature.
20. Premature Celebration
Apparently Bruce Bowen thought, for just a moment, that he was Bruce Lee. And Wally Szczerbiak paid the price.
19. Bruce Bowen's Flying Kick
This guy better work on sticking his landing. The judges will deduct points every time.
18. Landing Fail
Unlike our last entry, this guy's problem lies in the take off. (They don't launch rockets if it's raining. Why does he think it's a good idea to try dunking in the rain?)
17. Takeoff Fail
If you put aside the fact that he had to jump on a stack of mats just to reach the rim, this guy is actually doing okay for himself...unless somebody throws a ball at his head and he takes a really nasty spill.
16. Landing Fail
Either this kid's dad isn't very handy, or they've got themselves a serious termite problem.
15. Engineering Fail
Kid learns a valuable life lesson: sometimes you attack the rim, and sometimes the rim attacks you.
14. When Hoops Attack
Here's a rare instance of a Miami Heat player actually having something hit them prior to a flop. Usually they're just trying to draw a fowl.
13. Nice Pass
Peripheral vision: not so great. This one must have really pleased Coach K.
12. Another Nice Pass
Yeah, pretty much everything about the Raptors is a disaster these days.
11. Mascot Fail
If you'll notice, the crowd doesn't even seem to react to this. It's like they think it's part of the act.
10. Trick Dunk Fail/Win
Dude, he's just not that into you.
In other news, raise your hand if you are surprised Marquis Daniels is no longer with the Celtics? No one?
9. Celebration Fail
Yeah, that's what happens when you lower the rim to eye-level, cheater. (Couldn't you just watch this one all day?)
8. Skateboards + Basketball = Epic Disaster
The best part about this is that TNT used it in their end-of-broadcast credits sequence—because they know America likes seeing Miami's big three look stupid as much as possible.
7. Bosh High Five Fail, Part I
Man, does Chris Bosh close one of his eyes when going in for a high five, or is his depth perception just that bad?
6. Bosh High Five Fail, Part II
Does this remind anyone else of the scene in Old School where Weensie (i.e., the fat kid) has to do a running gymnastics vault?
5. Not Even Close
Who needs knee ligaments anyway?
P.S., note the reaction of the kid in the black shirt. He doesn't rush to his friend's aid or anything. Instead backs up as far as possible. Nice.
4. Another Really Bad Idea
This is pretty much all you need to know about the Charlotte Bobcats' epically terrible 2011-12 season.
3. DeSagana Diop Free Throw Fail
"Yeaaah I'm just gonna do a little reverse two-handed jam here and...awwwe sh#$."
2. Worst. Dunk. Ever.
I feel for Kevin Love here. I mean, what do you do in this situation? Once you extend your hand, you don't want to be left hangin', right? On the other hand, you don't want to look desperate for affection. This situation was just a lose-lose from the start.
1. Saddest Thing You Ever Saw
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