Friday 23rd February 2018,
The Hoop Doctors

Chauncey Billups Punks Kobe Bryant on Inbounds Pass

Chauncey Billups

May 21, 2009 – Dr. Anklesnap

He is known in Detroit and now in Denver as “Mr. Big Shot” or “Big Shot Billups”. He has earned that nickname by finding ways to score late in quarters, halves, and games when his team needs a score. Denver point guard Chauncey Billups is just one of those players that seemingly never feels the pressure of the moment. He just knows how to execute and has a steady hand doing it.

Tonight at the end of the first half of the Nuggets-Lakers Game 2, with only a few seconds left on the clock, Denver had possession on the inbounds. Surprisingly, George Karl had Mr. Big Shot inbounding the ball instead of taking the last second shot. Did that stop Billups from coming up big and scoring for Denver? No way.

You may be wondering how, right? By ‘punking’ one of the greatest players in the game, Kobe Bryant, with a well known playground move. Chauncey Billups when inbounding, noticed that Kobe Bryant had his back to him. So he just bounced the ball off of Kobe’s back, right in the numbers, back to himself then dribbled in unguarded for the easy score.

Some people might call that move risky or reckless. Some might call it juvenile. I call a move like that ‘crafty’ and Mr. Big Shot is a crafty veteran that understands the rules and the effectiveness of the move if a player takes his eye off the ball.

Mr. Bryant….you’ve been Punk’d….Mr. Big Shot style:

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  • Now that is the sweetest damn thing I have ever seen…EVER!

  • Impaler

    In Denver he’s no longer “Mr. Big Shot”, he’s “Smooth”, the nickname we’ve had for him since he was in high school. Other than that your post is accurate.

  • Dave

    Great play!

    I don’t think his left foot was in bounds when he caught the pass. Rules schmules! After all it’s the NBA.

  • Marcia

    damn i missed that last night … brilliant !

  • mla

    karl malone did the same thing several times in his career.

  • scottie pippen

    Scottie Pippen did this in some pretty clutch situations throughout his career.

  • Mike

    As a Phoenix Sun, Charles Barkley did this in Game 4 or 5 of the 1993 Finals (vs. Jordan & the Bulls in Chicago)…except he did it off the LEG of the opposing player who was facing him as he was in-bounding. For Kobe to flagrantly disrespect Billups by turning his back on him…well, #8/24 DESERVED to be embarrassed like that!

  • rusty

    He did this in high school, too. In the state tournament. LEGENDARY.

  • Hoost

    Not a Laker fan, but Gasol should’ve blocked that shot easily. He actually gets a piece of it at first, but is too busy tip toeing around trying not to foul to follow through on it. Or maybe he just realized it would be a sweet highlight and decided to give up the basket :)

  • Read this article about Billups, he did the exact same thing to somebody in high school:

  • Jorge

    does anyone now if this made espn top 10 plays?