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VIDEO: St. Louis freshman Carte’Are Gordon shatters backboard with dunk

Broken backboard

Richmond, VA - March 17: A view of a broken backboard taken during round two of the NCAA game between Texas Tech and UNC in Richmond, Virgina on March 17,1996. Texas Tech won 92-73. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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One of the lost charms of basketball is the broken backboard. It’s probably because I came of basketball age in the 1990s when Shaq was shattering ‘boards and the culmination of any NBA JAM session came when you busted the backboard in the fourth quarter, but there’s just something awesome and romantic about the broken backboard.

Thanks to new stanchion technology, though, it’s become mostly a thing of the past.

Unless you’re hanging out at St. Louis practice, apparently.

Carte’Are Gordon, a 2018 top-100 recruit set to begin his Billikens career this winter, threw down a monster dunk that shattered a backboard during St. Louis practice.

What a thing of beauty that left a mess in its wake.

We may never see this in an honest-to-goodness game ever again, but every periodic reminder of how just amazingly cool a dunk that breaks a backboard is, well sign me up for that.