ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You can play in the NBA, but you’re not really an NBA player until an opponent dunks on you or drops you with a dribble. So I guess it’s safe to say Bulls rookie big man Nikola Mirotic is now officially an NBA player. Mirotic, who entered the NBA this season following a storied career in Europe, has been terrific early this season for the Bulls, as a big man who is physical but also able to shoot from the outside.
What Mirotic probably should not do, we learned last night, is step outside and try to defend point guards on the perimeter. Or maybe just not Kemba Walker. Because last night the Hornets guard got solo’d up against Mirotic following a defensive switch, and Walker put a behind-the-legs crossover dribble on Mirotic that sent him skidding backward, with nary a touch.
It was so good that, A) Following the game, even Mirotic tweeted about it.
B) At the end of the play, Hornets owner (and former Bull) Michael Jordan gave his visual assessment of the play, with his best I better not laugh face.
And of course, you can watch the clip here…
VIDEO: Kemba Walker crosses up Nikola Mirotic