Sports are hard to predict and full of passion. Much like high fives. One of my favourite sightings in sport, is the failed high-five. Watching highly coordinated, highly paid athletes fail to strike the hand of a teammate or fan never fails to bring a smile to my face.
To honour the less-coordinated side of sports, here’s my top-10 high-five fails of the 2012/13 NBA season:
10) Ray Allen & Kevin Garnett
Having broken up the Celtics’ big-3, Ray Allen made the move to Boston and faced his old team in the first game of the season. And thus, the first high-five fail of the season, being completely ignore by his ex-teammate Kevin Garnett.
9) James Harden & Invisible Teammates
It’s one thing to be ignored during a high-five, but it is another to attempt to high-five someone that isn’t there… twice.
9) Gary Neal &…. His Invisible Teammates?!
The condition must be contagious.
8) Frank Vogle & His Own Player
Arguably the coach of the year, Frank Vogle lead his Pacers team on a stellar season and deep playoff run, losing in a game 7 against the eventual champion Miami Heat. Prior to game 6 however, he was ignored by his own player in pre-game:
7) Andrew Bogut and Brandon Rush
The job of a player on the bench is to rest and encourage his teammates. If that teammate ignores you high-five offer, then you just slap your own hand! Go Warriors!
5) Lebron James, Robert Griffin III & Random White Dude
Missing out on a high-five with a sports star can be humiliating. Missing out on a high-five with two different sport stars within 3 seconds is just hilarious.
4) Chandler Parsons & Hyper Rockets Fan
Following a massive win over the OKC Thunder, a uber-keen Rockets fan looks to congratulate Chandler Parsons on his 27-point, 8-rebound game. Parsons casually ignores the fist-bump offer and fixes his hair.
Fair play to Parsons, he would later apologize on Twitter:
3) Lebron James & Overly Excited, Short White Guy
Clearly not part of the entourage, but just wanted some love from the MVP. Queue epic fail:
2) Steph Curry & Draymond Green
Perhaps lost in his career-best game at Madison Square Garden (54 points), was this spectacular high-five fail between Stephen Curry and his Warriors teammate, Draymond Green:
1) Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan
WARNING: It is painful to watch the awkwardness.