By Ben Golliver
Anything for a little extra advantage.
With a little more than five minutes remaining in the second quarter of a Friday night game between Philadelphia and Golden State at Oracle Arena, Sixers forward Dorell Wright lost his shoe on a breakaway attempt. Play continued and Warriors guard Jarrett Jack, spying the shoe sitting unattended in the paint, decided to pick it up and throw it deep into the baseline seats.
Sixers guard Jrue Holiday attacked the basket, scoring on a drive, which was all good, except for the fact that Wright was then forced to run back and play defense with one foot in a shoe and one foot in just a sock. Down on the other end, Jack knocked in a three-pointer before play finally stopped giving Wright the chance to recover his footwear. The Warriors held a 41-36 lead after the exchange.
Sneaky stuff from Jack, who told CSNBayArea after the game that the Sixers, who protested his shoe toss to the referees during the first stoppage of play, should have been thanking him.
"I didn't want anybody to step on it and get hurt," he said, unable to disguise the mischievous glint in his eye. "I should get a sportsmanship award. I was trying to help."
"They would've been super upset if Jrue Holiday had come down the lane, stepped on it and got hurt," he said. "I think they should send me a thank-you card."
Wright, meanwhile, promised revenge according to CSNBayArea.
"He looked me in the eye and threw it," Wright said. "I'm going to get him back, though."
Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that Jack would be the one to send Wright's kicks flying. After all, the Mercury-News reported earlier this month that Jack is a serious sneakerhead, owning more than 1,500 pairs of sneakers.
Jack laughed last as the Warriors won 96-89 to improve to 20-10 on the season. Jack finished with 16 points and six assists in 33 minutes. David Lee led the Warriors with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Holiday paced the Sixers with 21 points and 10 assists.
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