July 17, 1999
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Olympic Qualifying Tournament
Argentina vs. USA
Result: 103-72, USA win by 31 points.
Everything went according to script.
Everything except this:
Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan fell victim to an emphatic baseline dunk from 19 year-old Andres Nocioni.
The play was promptly dubbed an Argentine basketball highlight “to last a generation”.
The repercussions, however, were yet to be realised.
Fast forward five years. Nocioni is signed as a free agent by the Bulls. Upon arrival, rather than being welcomed by his NBA brethren, he’s treated like a wanted fugitive. Those he wronged, embarrassed and defamed are finally given the chance to exact their justice.
USA basketball rises as one to meet its common enemy - and it only lands after a dunk in its face:
For real though, we love Nocioni, he played the right way.