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Bucks play 4-on-5 as O.J. Mayo chooses to tie his shoe instead of playing defense (video)

The Milwaukee Bucks are bad enough and at a significant disadvantage when the team is playing 5-on-5 basketball — being an NBA-worst 10-44 is proof of that — but for O.J. Mayo to put the team at an even bigger disadvantage by not bothering to play defense on an offensive possession against the Denver Nuggets during Thursday’s game? Well, the Bucks don’t have a chance. Not that the team had much of a chance anyway.

In the 2nd quarter with the Bucks down by only three, Mayo noticed one of his shoes was untied. Now, as everyone knows, having laces flopping this way and that while running can leave a person in a dire situation rife with the danger of tripping, so maybe we should give Mayo a break, right?

I mean, where’s the sportsmanship? The Nuggets should have waited for Mayo — allow him to play catchup (Mayo? Ketchup? Rim Shot!) — before running the offense. Not fair.

The best part is after the Nuggets score, Mayo can be seen leisurely walking back down the floor, like he’s taking a stroll in the park, seemingly without a care in the world. That’s the kind of passion for the game that will turn the Milwaukee Bucks franchise around.

If you’re curious, yes, the Bucks lost the game, losing to the Nuggets by a score of 101-90. Mayo finished with 11 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and one embarrassing display of effort on defense.