O.J. Mayo ties his shoe while playing defense (VIDEO)

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O.J. Mayo returned to game action for the first time in nearly a month.  Saddled with the flu, and then with subsequent conditioning issues, Mayo missed 11 games. In his first game back, things were going well for almost a half.

But his shoelace came untied.

And he tied it … on defense.

Denver guard Randy Foye kindly took pity/the passive route and failed to move the entire time O.J. had his guard down, though the Nuggets needed no help pummeling the ball forcefully downward through the hoop on this or on most other possessions.

On the whole, Mayo had a nice night. He scored 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting. The offense flowed quite nicely with him out there. He moved fairly well, despite carrying a few pounds too many on his frame. He even (smartly, I might add) professed his love for playing with Nate Wolters.

After the game, Mayo said with a wry grin, “I just didn’t want to trip over my shoestring, so I’d seen an opportunity to try to get my shoe tight, so I’d be ready to play. But sorry about that. Just trying to stay safe.”

Well, staying safe IS important.

But, as a general rule, it’s probably not a good idea to tie a loose shoelace on defense, even if it came on a play that was destined to be a Denver dunk.  Better to wait until Nate’s bringing the ball up on offense.

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