Melo Trimble's reverse layup goes down as a dunk — to a summer league teammate

Melo Trimble finished his summer league stint with the Philadelphia 76ers right where he started — wattching the end of a close game from the bench.

While Trimble followed up his best performance in Las Vegas — 13 points in 13 minutes in Monday’s loss to the Boston Celtics — with a solid six-minute effort against the Los Angeles Lakers, what Maryland fans might have noticed is that the team’s former star was not credited with a nifty reverse layup over No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball.

It happened late in the second quarter, giving the 76ers a 47-43 lead. Coming down the middle of the court on a semi-break, Trimble made it past former Iowa State standout Matt Thomas. As he started to scoop the ball with his right hand, Ball came flying in for the block. He missed and the ball hung on the rim and dropped.


Replays showed that Trimble’s teammate, Alex Poythress came in to try to dunk in the follow, but got his hands away from the rim. The only way it would have been a dunk for the former Kentucky star was if they were playing by European rules which allow players to touch the ball when it’s still on the cylinder.

Somehow it went down as a dunk for Poythress, who finished with 16 in the 103-02 losss, and not for for Trimble, who stats showed missed his only two shots from the field. Not that it’s going to make a difference to Trimble’s future, but it’s almost as if the highlight play of his summer league doesn’t exist.

Guess that’s the NBA’s version of fake news.

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