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Nate Robinson briefly loses his mind while trying to illegally steal a jump ball (VIDEO)

Apr 13, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

During the fourth quarter of the Bulls’ loss to the Raptors on Friday, Nate Robinson found himself in a jump ball situation against Rudy Gay. Given the fact that Gay is listed at 6’8″ and Robinson is listed at 5’9,” Nate realized that he probably wasn’t going to win the tap, so he came up with an alternate strategy to try to gain possession.

Although what Robinson decided to do was hilarious, it was in violation of at least two NBA rules.

Once the ball was thrown up, Robinson took off to where Gay was planning to tip the ball, and actually intercepted it and fired a jumper before the referee blew the whistle.

The rulebook states that the two players involved in the jump ball may not leave their half of the circle until the ball is tapped, and also makes it clear that one of the eight non-jumpers (or the floor) must touch the ball after it’s tapped before one of the jumpers can catch it.

[via Yahoo!’s Ball Don’t Lie]

  1. vilelabyrinth - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    while it was an absent-minded play and he is a bit of a loudmouth at times, he plays the game like a little kid..I enjoy watching lil nate play ball.

    • billsfanaddict - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      couple thoughts from a knicks fan: 1) nate is a loud/abrasive and1 type’er, but i still luv that lil-nate NRG which can swing a game one way or the other like very few can do. & 2) why is nate being bashed for succeeding at the exact same move Jason Kidd failed at back in a march game.

  2. broncobeta - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Nate Robinson is awesome, no doubt.

    But what does this have to do with Kobe?

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:44 AM

      You might want to see your shrink about that unhealthy preoccupation you have with Bryant.

  3. fnc111 - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Genius idea but this stern rigged league is bs

  4. ravensfansc - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    I loved it and I love the way Nate plays with so much passion and enthusiasm. I enjoy watching him in Chicago

  5. rickyspanish - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    I like how much the announcer enjoyed it.

  6. jimsjam33 - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    When the Clippers lose Eric Bledsoe next season they need to pick up Nate .

  7. 00maltliquor - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    Awesome! Thanks Nate for that. I needed a lil humor and something to make me smile in light of all this Kobe sadness.

  8. livepredictor - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    He HAS been playing out of his mind!!! Keep it…one of my favorite players that might help The Bulls surprise the east!!

  9. gmsingh - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Nate loses his mind? Did anybody know that was illegal?

  10. badintent - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Nate is a scam man. Nate is all about Nate. He got game but all about Nate game.

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