NBA Players Playing Basketball: A Reason to Wake Up at 7 a.m. on a Saturday

How did you spend your Saturday morning? If you were like a handful of us blogging types, you spent it straining your eyes looking at a grainy, sometimes jumpy feed of a bunch of NBAers playing against the PBA All-Star team. With highlights like that video above, it was totally worth it, even if I’m a pretty cranky, sleep-deprived girl right now.

With Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, James Harden, JaVale McGee, Tyreke Evans, Derek Fisher and rookie Derrick Williams as the SMART All-Star team, the NBA boys won 131-105 in front of some wild fans who showed their love and appreciation for all things NBA.

JaVale McGee provided both the highlight and the lowlight of the game, scoring a team-high 25 points for the SMART All-Stars, then deciding to plank on the court. Seriously.

I love JaVale and it was fun to see him having fun, but can we be done with this planking business soon? At least he’s smiling.

  • Okay, so JaVale had 25 points, Durant scored 22, Derrick Williams had 19 and Tyreke Evans had 17. Those are the numbers you should probably know.
  • Harden had 16, Kobe finished with 12, CP3 added 11, Rose scored nine and Fish went scoreless, if you were wondering.
  • Kobe Bryant was the player-coach. Kinda fun. He also heard his name chanted by the crowd throughout the game.
  • Fans lined up for tickets for more than nine hours prior to the game.
  • Favorite line from an announcer: “JaVale McGee with 25 points and 1000 slam dunks.”
  • Best description of the planking craze comes from a GMA News recap: “Afterwards, McGee made true of his promise on his Twitter account by doing the plank, a crazed practice being done in public places.”
  • Favorite play from the game: That gorgeous Durant to Harden alley-oop linked above, but this was a close second:

  • Click here for a photo gallery from the game.
  • Best thing about the NBA community: Go to Twitter at 7 a.m. on a Saturday and there will be a crew of devotees awake and tweeting their way through an exhibition game because this is what we love and who we are and what we do.
  • Worst thing about this game: It’s truly deflating to think about the next time we’re going to see these players on a basketball court playing basketball that matters. While I love streetball and pick up games, I love the NBA and I want to see the greatest players in the world playing the world’s most beautiful game.
  • Important to note: There will be another game you can catch online tomorrow at 5 a.m. EST time. If you’d like to watch, I’m sure Twitter will help you with the appropriate linkage.
  • Finally, I’ll leave you with this photo (courtesy of @TheRealVP’s Twitter account) to make you smile. And if this doesn’t make you smile, well, I can’t help you. Wake up tomorrow and watch some basketball. That’ll do the trick.

Holly MacKenzie