Everything Was Great About Hinrich’s Missed Free Throw & His Skirmish with Bradley Beal
The day he was introduced to the media as a member of the Wizards—having been traded to Washington along with Kevin Seraphin and a pile of cash in exchange for the rights to Russian Vladimir Veremeenko on 2010 draft night—Hinrich was then brought to the Verizon Center court to greet kid campers at Wizards camp.
It wasn’t going to be an easy introduction for the bashful kid from Iowa, he was going to have to shoot a pressure free throw, wearing khakis and a tie, while dozens of kids surrounded him and made noise. Hinrich ended up making that free throw (you can see via the video below). Now that’s pressure.
But last night, against his former team, in a real game—a playoff game—with a chance to tie the contest at 101 with mere seconds left in overtime, Hinrich was not so clutch. He folded under the pressure, wilting from the angst of the Chicago home crowd.
Hinrich missed the front end, intentionally missed the second (and made a valiant attempt to recover that miss), and the Washington Wizards escaped Chicago with a 101-99 win and a 2-0 series lead.
Pray for Steve Buckhantz, pray for Nene, pray for Otto Porter.
Let’s Vine… (turn on the sound in the first one to hear Buckhantz’ aneurysm)…
ALSO… (But wait! There’s more!) …
Hinrich and Bradley Beal got into a skirmish, of sorts. Hard to assign any blame here; really just a shoulder shurg and… ‘Playoff basketball.’
Captain Kirk, as the defender, was clearly trying to stick close to Beal and perhaps irritate him. But Bradley, who bit back for a second, seemed cool as a baby panda lying in the leaves at the scene got heated. Hinrich, meanwhile, ripped off the goggles that he became saddled with while a member of the Wizards. All bros were chill in the end, but it’s scenes like this that add an extra layer of entertainment to playoff basketball. Indeed.
“You wouldn’t hit a guy with glasses, would you? What about if I took them off?” –Tough Guy.