How Not to Handle a Breakaway Uncontested Layup

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2013

Former Louisville shooting guard Kyle Kuric is getting a shot at joining an NBA team, but this atrocious fast-break layup attempt for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Orlando Summer League likely won't land him any brownie points.

Andre Roberson and Jeremy Lamb wrestled the inbound pass away from Andrew Nicholson, getting it up to Kuric in the open court.

From there, things went...poorly.

Kuric's layup attempt seemed to roll off the bottom of his palm, robbing him of a double-figure scoring game (he scored eight in 13 minutes off the bench).

Lucky for Kuric and the Thunder Summer League squad, he fumbled it out of bounds with just two-tenths of a second left on the clock.

Kyle Kuric just blew a wide-open layup. Gym erupts in laughter. Thunder get the 79-78 win.

— Evan Dunlap (@BQRMagic) July 8, 2013

Kyle Kuric, the Leon Lett of Summer League.

— Thunder Obsessed (@ThunderObsessed) July 8, 2013

What's really puzzling is that Kuric didn't simply dunk it—it's not like he doesn't have the hops. He did win the 2011 Papa John's Dunk of the Year for his huge throwdown against Notre Dame.

At the very least he's demonstrated that he can knock down the three-ball, hitting four of them in two games so far.

It's been a big few days for Kuric, who spent his first post-college season playing for CB Estudiantes in Spain. He has a shot at earning a spot with Oklahoma City, and he got married on July 5:

Heading to the wedding! Can't wait, but I'm definitely nervous. Going to be a great day and night.

— Kyle Kuric (@KingKK_14) July 5, 2013

All things considered, it's still been a pretty good week for Kuric despite the layup gaffe.