Without any real games or even practices during the long NBA offseason, many players participate in charity games, summer leagues or show up at famous parks like Rucker Park in New York. It’s a way for them to stay in shape, have fun and even work on their game a little as they show off for the fans.
Recently, a number of stars made their way to the Pacific Northwest to play in Jamal Crawford’s pro-am. The group included, among others, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin and they certainly put on a show. Obviously the level of defense in these games isn’t the same as the NBA, but it’s still exciting to watch these guys show off their abilities.
First, there was Kyrie Irving who put on a magical dribbling display, even breaking out the “Shammgod” crossover to leave a defender hopeless as he blew past him to finish at the rim.
Then, there was Kevin Durant electrifying the crowd with some ridiculous dunks. All in all, the Durantula “spun his web” for 63 points in the game. Seeing Durant perform must have been bittersweet for many Seattle fans who only got 1 year of Durant before the franchise departed for Oklahoma City.
Finally, Blake Griffin put on a dunk contest of his own, going between the legs, finishing in traffic on the fast break and throwing dow a couple ridiculous one-handed alley-oops sending the crowd into a frenzy with each one.
Crawford’s pro-am was filled with a number of other highlights, but these were some of the best. Hopefully this tradition of stars showing off in the summer doesn’t end any time soon.