When one thinks of breaking the rim off of the backboard, it is usually the result of a ferocious dunk by the likes of Shaquille O’Neal or Darryl Dawkins, not the result of a ball tossed by a high school girl…
SWARTZ AND THE SHATTERED BACKBOARD
In 2015, at a Pennsylvania girls basketball playoff game, Mercer Mustangs player Kelsey Swartz accomplished the backboard-breaking feat with nothing more than a high-arching free throw.
Wow…it just SNAPPED!! pic.twitter.com/8bmjFtVNuU
— Bob Greenburg (@BobGreenburg) December 30, 2014
From the way the rim snapped, you would think Swartz had heaved up bowling ball painted to look like a basketball. Whatever the cause of the broken backboard, it’s fortunate for those gathered that the mishap occurred with everyone arrayed outside the broken-glass drop zone.
Basketball is not normally considered a dangerous sport, especially when compared to football or hockey, but when the hoop apparatus is deficient the result can be downright scary.