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Marc Gasol uses his shoe to play defense against the Jazz (VIDEO)

Mar 17, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

Marc Gasol found himself without a shoe at one point during Saturday’s loss to the Jazz, but that didn’t stop him from trying to continue to play defense. Sort of.

Gasol lost his shoe after Derrick Favors stepped on his foot, but play continued on. One of Gasol’s teammates returned the shoe to him, but as Favors drove past Gasol on the other end, Gasol reached from behind and fouled Favors … with the shoe still in his hand.

The referees probably should have hit Gasol with a technical if nothing else, because in the grand scheme of things, we simply can’t have players using their shoes to play defense.

This was clearly done out of frustration on Gasol’s part, but seriously: Who does that?

[Video via Eye On Basketball]

  1. raidmagic - Mar 17, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Whatever, he was just trying to stop play to put his shoe back on.

  2. Nostrils10 - Mar 17, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Lol classic, if thats a laker itd be a flagrant 1

  3. karlton3 - Mar 17, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    “This was clearly done out of frustration on Gasol’s part, but seriously: Who does that?”


    I see what you did there.

    • JMClarkent - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Brett did an Odd Job of getting that reference in there…

  4. aldavis4president - Mar 17, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Technical?!?! Wow bt we have LeBron chewin the ref a new one every time someone looks at him dribble the ball…why on earth would they give him a technical?!

    • eventhorizon04 - Mar 17, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      “[W]hy on earth would they give him a technical?!”

      …Because he hit somebody with his shoe, which isn’t allowed.

  5. beavertonsteve - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    I was hoping he was going to knock a shot out of the air with his shoe. That would have been impressive.

  6. miamatt - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    I think players should be given the option of putting their two shoes on whatever extremities they please.

  7. latchbeam - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Show me where in the rulebook it says you can’t hit someone with your shoe! Ha ha!

  8. michaeljordanseviltwin - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Two nights ago Marc Gasol fell down and kicked Andre Miller when he tried to dribble past. This is a much more egregious play that shoe-fouling somebody. I can’t believe he didn’t get a technical or fine for that play.

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