Friday, August 3rd, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  46 responses

James Harden Gets Ankles Broken By a Nigerian Player (VIDEO)

Harden gets caught on a vicious crossover.

Team USA may have won by 83 points over Nigeria yesterday — while posting an Olympic record 156 points—but the Nigerians can take a bit of solace knowing that guard Tony Skinn crossed up James Harden in horrifying fashion (poor James did the splits while trying to recover. Yikes.)

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  • John Wall Jr

    Looks more like he pushed off

  • Jer dawg

    That is why I don’t trust low top sneakers. It might happen to over zealous defensive players. Broke ankles, torn groin, and hurt feelings.

  • P

    harden is embarassing us. ruined the perfect game.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    He could have easily pulled his groin.

  • pposse

    ooooo he did harden dirty wit that one!

  • pposse

    and he drained the shot! o my goodness that was sick, if i was that guy i would b telling me grandkids this story!

  • get right

    Yo thats Tony Skinn from MD. He was the PG for George Mason when they went ot the Final Four a few years back.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    splits lol.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Great move and Harden was put on skates, but Team USA should have given Eric Gordon the nod over him. Having three OKC players on the team is not right.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I’m shocked Harden wasn’t demanding the ball on the way back down.

  • Phil the thrill

    Lmao! He hurt his groin!

  • http://www.hoopsworld.com IamYOU

    That hurt him than the metta worldpeace elbow!

  • Bt

    Am I the only one that noticed his name is skinn and he wears number 4? 4skinn?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I didn’t notice that, but thanks for the laugh.

  • pposse

    4 skin in hardens mouth!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @Bt. Good eye.

  • mask

    4 skinn lol awesome…hes a better ball handler (lol) but harden is a better player.

  • bike

    Seems like Harden may have slipped more than got faked out…nice move all the same. Amazing he didn’t f*ck up his right knee.

  • fruizm

    Deron, CP3, and now Harden…whats going on??

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    lol mask with the extra zing

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    I remember that George Mason squad. Hell yeah!

  • Kadavour

    James, you’re supposed to stretch BEFORE the game.

  • davidR

    he did the james brown. WAAATCH ME

  • MeloMan15

    No mention of Melo anywhere??

  • http://www.stillonthebench.blogspot.com TR

    Tony Skinn! GMU, what up! haha

  • http://www.stillonthebench.blogspot.com TR

    BTW Tony Skinn was on that 06 Mason team so now hes got 2 really ballin stories haha

  • T-man

    That’s it @davidR!

    Hit it James (Brown)!

  • Heals

    Nice move, but SCOREBOARD! Even Diogu was staring down USA’s bench after turnaround J’s with his squad getting their a$$e$ handed to them. It’s all good though, Nigerian coach is SVG of the Olympics with his soundbites…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    @ Heals That’s because Melo was clowning him all game long. Every time he caught it, Melo was yelling the dreaded “Self Check! Self Check!” So Ike was making it a point to prove him wrong and stare down the bench every time he scored. I love all the soundbites from this Olympics unlike regular NBA coverage where almost all player talking is cut off unless they want you to hear how great so-and-so is at talking. It’s great to hear Lebron barking out defensive adjustments from the back and Tyson too. CP3 telling Kobe they coming right back to him on the next possesion. Melo telling K-Love to get the f out of the paint on a free throw rebound. Melo telling Nigerian dude shooting free throws that he’s playing for the US and won’t make the shots. Sure enough, dude misses both. Melo telling Tony Skynn (sp?) that he don’t want it with Russ, after Russ got that tomahawk dunk. I never thought Melo talks this much.

  • GLEZGA Hamish

    cosign bike thats how i did mine.

  • Heals

    Thanks Nick, my dumba$$ had the sound low, but I won’t make that mistake next game…

  • Basketball_iQ

    How did harden make this team over gordon? I think bc coach k didn’t want someone of gordon’s caliber riding pine as he might-not’ve taken it well.
    I do think harden is good tho & deserves to start in okc.

  • James

    Does the crossover really matter if you get demolished by 83 points? IJS! Lol!

  • http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/armstrongcharging0613.pdf nbk

    maybe because Gordon isn’t fully back to the Eric Gordon everyone remembers? Maybe because Harden can play the 3. Maybe because monetary reasons? One of those.

  • Bravo

    Now all we need is for HARDEN to get elbowed again LMAO

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    I think Gordon’s contact issues at the time of the team selection kept him out of contention. I don’t think DWill or Blake could go 5-on-5 until they re-signed. I’m not sure why you can’t play, at least for the US, as a free agent before signing.

  • Ant

    Of Gordon’s caliber?! Please tell me what Eric Gordon has accomplished thus far?

  • Krespino

    That happened too easily though, I’m suprised that Harden failed that bad. Harden seems to be the weak point in the team.

  • Sheed

    I’m glad this happened, really the only thing that Nigeria can be proud of after this game (besides making the Olympic games, props to them for that as well)

  • http://www.facebook.com/wealwayswin Hersey

    Harden gets crossed one time when the US is up by 80 and he doesn’t deserve to be on the team? Wow, tough crowd. Gordon spent most of the camp whining about his contract and not wanting to go back to New Orleans and played in what 9 games last year. Harden actually played a full season and was a key part of his team making the Finals. Putting Harden on the team is the equivalent of adding Tayshaun Prince. He’s an unselfish player with a complete floor game. The team doesn’t need more scoring.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/10/nfl-players-advice-to-lebron-james-stick-to-basketball/ shutup

    Those Niger’s go hard. LMAO

  • Shag

    He’ll never live that down.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Can’t see it now but sounds funny. 4skinn is better than aftskin. I’m so very salty that harden played the series of his life vs spurs(serge too) then totally shat the bed in the finals, a truly epic turd laying event.

  • http://slamonline.com McGrady

    I dont get this is it like a special floor so they wont fall down

  • monster_nw8

    That was nasty!!

  • http://www.glidehoyas.blogspot.com Kent

    Our homie here in the DMV and The Goodman League hailing from the “miraculous” George Mason U 2006 March Madness Final Four team doing the wicked killa crossover, well check this out from 2006! Top 10 play of the decade for Mason! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGpEez0xq24