Some players (say they) don’t care for personal accolades, while others are so talented that they just rack up accolades (All-Star appearances, All-NBA spots, league-leading stat leaders, trophies, rings, etc) on their way to winning. And sometimes you have a “mediocre” player on a losing team that has a rare shot at a personal accomplishment that they know they aren’t going to have a shot at again. That was the case for Andray Blatche of the Washington Wizards, who was just one rebound away from a triple-double.
I have never seen a player so desperate for a small personal accomplishment. He even went as far as to ask an opposing player for help!
Is this worse than Ricky Davis shooting on his own basket to get a triple-double? I don’t think so.
I also remember the time when Doug Collins was ready to fight Anthony Bowie for calling a timeout to get a triple-double. Collins was so mad he told his players not to guard the Magic players. Bowie got the triple-double when he passed to David Vaughn, who had a wide-open dunk. I’m pretty sure if a defender was near Vaughn, he would have missed the shot.