Mason Kunkel hits a buzzer beater. / via YouTube
This soon-to-be viral video shows an elementary-school aged Christian Laettner (only probably more mature) hit a miraculous buzzer beater with two seconds on the clock. We break down the heroic exploits of Mason Kunkel, the third grader from Iowa who hit the shot while playing with the Dubuque Youth Sports Association.
1. Either young Mason is dejected after the game-tying free throw or he's a student at the Dwight Howard School of Body Language.
2. The lapse was momentary. He gets his head back in the game and positions himself at half-court. Meanwhile, the opposing team pulls a Pitino and fails to put a man on our inbounding, third-grade Grant Hill.
3. He watches the ball into his hands and jumps to receive it. Textbook fundamentals, like he played for Pete Carril at Princeton
4. He takes three steps after catching it. Textbook advantageous usage of traveling while the refs look the other way, like he's played in the NBA for a decade.
5. Mason knows it's in before anyone else on the floor, a sixth-sense he shares with Jordan, Bird and Josh Smith. (Mason, MJ and Larry tend to be right about it.)
6. Upon realizing no one else rushed the court, Mom sheepishly returns to her seat and wished she was in College Park, where she surely wouldn't have been alone.
7. No time to celebrate because Coach says line up for the handshake line. On one hand, that's a wonderful example of leadership and sportsmanship. Teaching children how to win is important. Teaching children how to deal with winning is even more important. On the other hand; come on, coach. It's a half-court buzzer beater. No one's going to begrudge a nine-year-old.
8. ANYTHING'S POSSIBLE!
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