We would go to our graves trying to get a consensus on the greatest moment in Lakers history. Derek Fisher with 0.4 seconds, Kobe’ lob to Shaq, Magic’s baby hook over the Celtics…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Now when it comes to the worst play in Lakers history, that one might not be much of a debate. Stu Lantz has seen plenty of Laker ball over the years. He’s also seen plenty of hoops in his day. So when he called last night’s inexplicable pass into the backcourt by Metta World Peace the “worst play ever in basketball” then it has to also be the worst in Lakers’ history. That’s just simple logic.
What will never be simple logic is trying to understand Metta World Peace. When asked about the pass after the game Metta replied with “I’m a math major”. Now I can actually see where Metta was going here. He sees Jason Smith trying to check Matt Barnes so in his mind there is a 100% chance Barnes is going to beat Smith in a foot race for the ball. All that is fine and good but in my crazy logic there is a 0% chance of the Hornets tying or winning the game if the ball is inbounded in the frontcourt with 1.2 seconds left. But that’s just me. I’m no math major after all.