L.A. Times: The Lakers were trying to protect a one-point lead with 3.8 seconds left, and all they had to do was inbound the basketball.
Sounds simple, but with the Lakers, few things appear to be simple.
Trevor Ariza took the ball out on the Lakers’ side of the court, looking for an open teammate while the referee was counting off the five-second violation. Ariza looked and looked until he found Derek Fisher. Ariza threw a pass all the way into the backcourt, barely getting past a speeding Nate Robinson.
The crowd inside of Staples Center let out a sigh of relieve that Robinson didn’t steal the ball and waltz in for a basket and that the Lakers were able to escape.
After the game, after the Lakers pulled out a 116-114 victory over the New York Knicks, Ariza was asked about his shaky pass.
“I’m a football fan,” said Ariza, who is a Raiders fan.
Ariza was told that Robinson is a former cornerback who played football — as well as basketball — at the University of Washington and that the 5-9 guard got too close for comfort on his pass.
“That was the perfect pass, the perfect play,” Ariza said, smiling.