At first, I too had a hard time thinking that some kid would step onto the floor during a professional sporting event and intentionally botch a backflip when doing so could have him potentially cracking his skull open on the hardwood. That is, until I realized the only thing that seems more preposterous than that is a kid having the nuts to point both fingers at the camera immediately before attempting a backflip that he clearly quit on about a quarter of the way through. Am I to believe that somewhere in that 1.5 second span between his showmanship and his cue that he went from the most cocky gymnast of all time to the most timid of gym class role players, or is it more likely that this was all just an attempt to go viral? That's a legitimate question, is it not? I would imagine that my attempted backflip would look dangerously similar to that and you can be pretty damn certain that I A) wouldn't agree to do it in front of an entire basketball arena, and B) would be trying harder to not kill myself than I would be to land it.
I may be giving the short white teenager sporting an oversized jersey and a Jew-fro the benefit of the doubt by assuming he purposely sacrificed his spinal health to get his 15 seconds of fame, but he fits the profile of someone that would do so. Plus, the alternative is that he's an idiot who drastically overestimated his athletic ability, and I think there would be a moment of hesitation/shock if he had just shattered the entirety of his over-inflated self esteem in front of tens of thousands of people. If that wasn't his plan all along then this kid deserves an Emmy for managing to play it off with nothing more than a quick clap and a seamless jog to the sidelines.