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We’ve periodically seen basketball players who lose a sneaker and then pick it up and keep playing, with the shoe in their hand, until the next whistle. But Purdue Fort Wayne guard Rasheed Bello took things a step further during last night’s game against Southern Indiana, as he blocked a shot with the sneaker he was holding!
The blocked shot is shown in the tweet above. You can see the full play develop, with Bello holding his shoe as he plays defense, in this video clip:
The only thing more amazing than Bello’s sneaker-assisted block is that photographer MaCabe Brown of The Evansville Courier & Press managed to capture the precise moment of the rare footwear feat:
That photo is a bobblehead in the making, don’t you think?
Footnote: This game took place on Southern Indiana’s home court at — get this — Screaming Eagles Arena!
(Big thanks to Mike Chamernik for this one.)