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OSU’s Roberto Nelson in power-slam, backboard-shattering bloodfest

Jul 5, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT


First of all, Beavers Without Borders is the greatest name for a service-based traveling college basketball team that I’ve ever heard. Not so great: shattering a backboard on a dunk and taking glass to the face that requires 20 stitches. That’s what happened to Oregon State sophomore guard Roberto Nelson, who was playing in an organized game in Skopje, Macedonia, when he exploded a backboard and got pretty bloody. Said the 6-foot-3, 188-pound Nelson:

“I don’t know how I broke it. I barely touched it and the whole thing just popped.”

The backboard incident begins at about the 2:15 mark.

Part of the Beavers Without Borders mission in Skopje is to do construction work for local families in need; a great cause that doesn’t get nearly enough attention.

Roberto Nelson Bloodied After Breaking Backboard on Dunk [Larry Brown Sports]

  1. vikesfansteve - Jul 5, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    That’s why you don’t hang onto the rim

    Guy held onto it until he hit the floor. Also what was with the lame 2:15 seconds before it showed him hanging on the rim like a cat in an oh s h it poster.

    Let go of the rim genius.