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NBA fans, media try to make fun of Marcus Bingham Jr. and it backfires

Marcus Bingham Jr., smartest man on the floor.



Marcus Bingham Jr.
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Media outlets got headlines wrong, making fun of a Marcus Bingham Jr. play but it backfired on the media and NBA fans.

Marcus Bingham Jr. is the latest Spartan to participate in NBA Summer League action as the Mavericks began action recently. He’s fighting for a roster spot with Dallas and he needs a good performance this summer.

On Friday night, it looked like he made a potentially huge mistake, scoring on his own basket in a Summer League game against the Pacers. Every media outlook took the highlight and ran with it, reciting similar headlines like “he scored on the wrong basket.”

NBA fans chipped in with criticisms of their own after seeing the highlight with no context. Everyone just assumed that Bingham took a pass from his teammate, recorded a backcourt violation, and embarrassingly scored on his own hoop.

Well, that’s not what happened and everyone who took a cheap shot at him was wrong.

In fact, it was an officiating mistake. The teams were facing the wrong way, for whatever reason, and officials had them going to the wrong baskets. Bingham noticed this and took a pass from his teammate and sprinted down the floor for an easy dunk. The refs blew the play dead so the dunk didn’t count but it should have. He was the smartest player on the floor in that situation.

You can tell after the dunk that the Mavericks actually got back on defense at the end that they were originally faced to play offense. But most media outlets just kept the incorrect headlines.

And Bingham responded on Twitter after the game.

Give the former Michigan State star some respect. Everyone and their brother got their jokes in about Bingham on Friday night, but he got the last laugh.

All this disrespect on his birthday, no less.

Update: Bleacher Report deleted the tweet.

Writer, co-owner of Spartan Shadows. Michigan State and college football expert at FanSided and formerly of The Detroit News. Expert on all things Michigan State. Connor Muldowney has written about Michigan State since graduating from the university with a degree in journalism back in 2013. Ten years of experience as a Michigan State writer/reporter.