Why didn't slam dunk end

Perhaps it is a small consolation for the Walter Tigers Tübingen that something like this happens even in the best families. Similar mishaps have happened in football even to the big players in the industry. Franz Beckenbauer, for example, garnished his dazzling career with four own goals. The equivalent of an own goal in football is the own basket in basketball - and the people of Tübingen are likely to have a particularly curious memory for themselves for all eternity.

The only question is: Was this incredible act by Garlon Green even a mishap? Or was it on purpose? Or both? The facts are at least clear: At the Bundesliga game of the Tübingen basketball players in Braunschweig, Green gave the BBL what was probably the weirdest slam dunk in its history on Sunday. A spectacularly transformed tamper that had only one flaw: it took place at the wrong end - in its own basket. With a score of 79:81 from the Tigers' point of view, there were only a few seconds left to play when there were free throws for the Braunschweiger.

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So the guests would still have had a small chance of victory, in basketball, last-minute long-distance throws from the center line are definitely part of the folklore. When the second attempt of the Braunschweig free thrower rolled off the ring, the logical action would actually have been a rebound of the Tübingen and a subsequent desperate attempt from their own half towards the Braunschweiger basket. But Garlon Green had a different agenda: He flew in the best Harlem Globetrotters manner from the background and pushed the ball into the trap. In your own, mind you.

Since own baskets in basketball simply result in two points for the opponent (they are credited to the captain of the opponent), the game ended 83:79 for the Braunschweiger. For Garlon Green, the evening also ended with mockery and mockery on the Internet, where some commentators already called him for the "bankruptcies and breakdowns" section Shaqtin 'a fool propose to the NBA. There the former center colossus Shaquille O'Neal presents the most beautiful basketball errors week after week with great laughter.

First of all, the Basketball Bundesliga nominated Garlon Green on Monday for the dunking competition at the Allstar game. His brother Gerald won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest back in 2007 - so it runs in the family.

If you listen to the people of Tübingen about how Green's faux pas could have come about, press spokesman Tobias Fischer replied that "it all went unhappily". "Garlon wanted to pick the ball off the ring. But instead of catching it, he just puts it in. That looks strange of course," he says. Also, he cannot rule out the fact that Green did not know in which direction they were playing. But he says: "All pure speculation how that could happen. We don't know. He certainly didn't want to dunk his own basket on purpose."

At the club, they point out that Green is a young player who was last active in Japan and Australia. In the tactical area, the American still has a lot to learn, it is said. He seems to be able to dunk (there are highlight videos of him on the net), but when understanding the rules, deficits are probably revealed. Nevertheless, the Tübingen initially save a ruffle for the 24-year-old. "He's a top performer, he'll win games for us again," says Pressemann Fischer, "that's why we're not going to expel him now." In fact, Green was the team's best points collector on Sunday: his 16 points had kept the team in the game for a long time - a game that they should never have lost after a long lead. "In a moment like that, there is also frustration because we gave it that way," explains Fischer.

In the past, the masters themselves demonstrated how it is right to "putback" after a given free throw: Michael Jordan also liked to stuff wrong throws directly into the basket - albeit in the opposing basket after his teammates had targeted.

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