Playing time has been hard to come by for Denver Nuggets rookie guard Gary Harris. In fact, through his team’s first seven games, Harris had yet to be added to the active roster. The Nuggets happen to be heavy on talent in the backcourt, leaving Harris in a constant state of wait-your-turn. But after veteran Randy Foye went down with a bone bruise in his right knee, Harris finally got his chance last night in Indiana, and he was ready.
In front off a countless number of family and friends, including his mother (he grew up in Fishers, Indiana, 30 minutes northeast of Indianapolis), Harris put on a show and filled the stat sheet in the process. In all, Harris tallied 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 1 rejection. But it was his foray to the hoop with 10:22 remaining in the fourth quarter that put the icing on the cake. Harris’ aerial assault on the rim upon an unsuspecting Ian Mahinmi drew an audible “Ohh!” from the Indiana crowd.
Only one problem… his mom didn’t see it.
In a clip featured prominently on NBA TV’s Gametime, Harris’ mom, Joy Holmes-Harris, could be seen in the stands, visibly displeased with having missed her son’s first NBA jam, looking to the scoreboard in vain in hopes of a replay. Here at DSN, we’re no experts when it comes to reading lips, but she appeared to say something along the lines of, “Did he dunk it? Oh! I missed it!”
Hopefully, for the sake of Joy and MSU fans worldwide, that poster dunk will be the first of many for young Mr. Harris.