Dallas Mavericks centre Tyson Chandler has made a career out of blocking shots. However, in a matchup with the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, he was able to add shoes to the list of things he has swatted away on the court.
The incident began to unfold when Warriors forward Marreese Speights lost his shoe while making a move towards the basket. And it was when teammate Stephen Curry tried to lend a helping hand, that Chandler stepped in with this unusual tactic.
Here is what Curry had to say in his post-game remarks:
"When I was on the wing, and I saw the shoe, I immediately thought about my ankles, so I thought, 'I got to pick that up before I try to make that move,"' Curry said. "On the other transition, when he went to go get his shoe back, but Tyson thought um, otherwise, I guess. I've never seen that happen before."
In Chandlers' defence, there did appear to be a certain amount of strategy involved.
"I was hoping that we could exploit them at the other end until they either had to call timeout or he had to foul. But we didn't take advantage of it," said Chandler.
The Warriors were leading 77-64 at the time and held on to win their franchise-record 15th game in a row by a score of 105-98 in Dallas.
It does not appear as if the NBA has a specific rule to turn to when a shoe is swatted out of bounds.