Kevin Love Explains What Happens After You Shatter A Backboard During A Game

Kevin Love Explains What Happens After You Shatter A Backboard During A Game
By Mikey Traynor

Despite currently being on a mission to secure back-to-back NBA titles for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kevin Love took on the unenviable task of completing First We Feast's 'Hot Ones' challenge, where celebrities are interviewed while consuming chicken wings with progressively spicier sauces to the point where it's borderline dangerous.

It sounds ridiculous, but it works really, really well.

As Kevin Love sat down to test his tolerance for spicy food, we learned quite a bit about his background, such as the fact that he and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors were once teammates on a little-league baseball team, but we also learned the answer to a question we didn't even realise we wanted an answer to for some time...

What happens when someone shatters the backboard in basketball?

Anyone who played NBA Jam as a youngster knows the thrill of shattering the backboard, and it's happened in the professional game on a number of occasions, but while an arena can just wheel in the replacement hoop and continue, it gets more difficult in the lower levels of the sport.

Kevin Love was a very big kid, so he managed to shatter a backboard while playing in High School. Aside from his peers probably thinking that this was the coolest thing they had ever seen, it turns out that the school actually tried to bill his family for the damage to the basket.

Skip to 2:00 in the video below to see Love's explanation:


So the final score was actually 4-0, I think I had a layup before that, and I had a breakaway dunk, broke the backboard, and we actually had to play in a middle school the next night.

So they cancelled that game, the game was done, everybody went home, they replaced the backboard, nobody was happy about it. And they actually tried to bill my family.

They went through the school, the school said "We're not paying for this...", they went to the other school and they said "Well, we're not paying for this", so they asked my family to chip in.

That's ridiculous.

The basketball hoop is designed to withstand the weight of high school players, and it failed, which aside from being extremely cool is also extremely dangerous, and could have resulted in serious injury to the player... So you try to make him pay for it!?


Incredibly, the clip of Love breaking the backboard is up on YouTube, and it was uploaded by the school, so having over 1.6 millions views on the school's YouTube account means that the board incident has more than paid for itself.

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