indefensible (basketball)

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu May 4 03:31:40 UTC 2006

The Cleveland Cavaliers are playing the Washington Wizards in an NBA
playoff game broadcast on TNT. One of the commentators just had this
to say about LeBron James:

"If he's making his jump shot, he is completely indefensible."

That's "indefensible" in the sense of "unable to be defensed". See our
earlier discussion of "defense" as a verb meaning "play defense

--Ben Zimmer

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