Though most of the national attention was on the load management discussion surrounding Kawhi Leonard, the Milwaukee Bucks picked up a nice road win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday evening. Giannis Antetokounmpo was utterly fantastic, producing 38 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists but, aside from that, perhaps the most memorable part of the game itself was a gaffe from Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe.
In the fourth quarter, Bledsoe momentarily forgot where he was and, well, he just walked the ball inbounds instead of passing it to a teammate.
Eric Bledsoe just… dribbled the ball inbounds 😂 pic.twitter.com/zOZI8wphgb
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) November 7, 2019
The video clip made the rounds immediately, with luminaries like Chrissy Teigen weighing in and jokes flying in a hurry.
didn't know you couldn't do this. learn something new every day. thank you twitter https://t.co/JBWEaZjlQi
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 7, 2019
Fortunately for the Bucks, the play didn’t cost them the game and Bledsoe actually had a nice outing with 20 points and six rebounds. Still, there was no way the veteran guard was going to avoid scrutiny for what transpired and he was asked about the play after the fact.
Eric Bledsoe on dribbling the ball up the court instead of inbounding it to a teammate. Later, George Hill told ESPN, “At first I was like, I know he did not just walk that ball in bounds. Then I was like, man he did that.” Chuckles all around. pic.twitter.com/PMngkRj5Ke
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) November 7, 2019
Laughing about this is the only move for Bledsoe, so he’s making the right choice to not even offer an excuse in this particular circumstance. Anyone who has played pickup basketball can relate to what Bledsoe was actually doing but, at the same time, it isn’t exactly a regular occurrence to see this kind of brain malfunction from an NBA player, making it all the more amusing.