During a regular-season match between the Houston Rockets and Charlotte Hornets in December 2021, Christian Wood hilariously misplaced a pass that flew over everyone on the court and hit a female fan.
The incident occurred as Christian Wood got deep in his team’s half during a transition and tried to find a long diagonal pass toward a teammate. However, he ended up overhitting the pass by a huge margin. The ball traveled over his teammates' heads as well as the court and had more than enough pace to reach the second row of the Spectrum Center arena.
Christian Wood's misplaced pass hit a fan wearing a gray hoodie quite hard, and the woman was left visibly dazed. She fell to the floor and took a good few seconds to get back on her feet. All the players on the court, those on the bench and the two teams' coaching staff were left flabbergasted, with multiple players raising their hands in frustration.
Even the commentators ended up hugely stunned, with one of them saying:
“Oh my goodness. Oh-Ho. My goodness. Hope everyone's okay! Jeez. That went truly into the second row. I don't think anyone in that particular part of the arena is expecting that pass.”
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A cursory glance through the video suggests that the fan genuinely did not expect to be a part of the action in that particular NBA match, in which the Hornets went on to win 123-99.
However, the situation was made worse by Christian Wood's response to the incident on Instagram. While Wood offered courtside tickets to any Rockets game of the fan's choice, his message was preceded by a laughing emoticon.
The woman in question, 'Isabella,' said in an interview that she had been seriously injured due to Christian Wood's misplaced pass. She also claimed that she was further upset due to the laughing emoticon Wood shared on his Instagram story and the accompanying message: "happens to the best of us."
Isabella reportedly wanted Wood to apologize to her "directly."
Christian Wood is out with a fractured thumb for Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks announced on Thursday that center/PF Christian Wood had suffered a fracture in his left thumb. Wood will be reevaluated next week to determine the extent of his injury.
The injury occurred during the second quarter of the Mavericks' 130-122 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, but Wood still managed to finish the game by scoring 22 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Wood has been a valuable player for the Mavericks and ranks second on the team in scoring, with 18.4 points per game, and in rebounding, with 8.4 rebounds per game, behind superstar Luka Doncic.
The Mavericks are already facing challenges with Maxi Kleber, who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn right hamstring suffered in mid-December. Kleber has started light basketball activities and hopes to return within the next month, but no firm timetable has been set for his return.
With Wood's injury and Kleber's recovery, the Mavericks are left with only former starters Dwight Powell and JaVale McGee as healthy big men on their roster. This may prove to be a significant challenge for the team as they move forward in the NBA season.