Well, I guess we can confirm the untested hypothesis that a street ball team with Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James on it will play a pretty entertaining game of basketball. O, and Kevin Durant is pretty good too. Here is video of the best plays from Tuesday's Goodman League Vs. Melo League exhibition game in Baltimore.
To sum up, LeBron can still jump really high, Chris Paul is super good at dribbling and Kevin Durant shoots the lights out. We didn't really "learn" anything about these players, just how much fun "super teams" are in theory. Maybe not so much in practice, but that is a topic for another post.
Durant led the game in scoring with 59, but it was clearly LeBron James who seemed to occupy most of the highlights. Chris Paul was also pretty impressive running the show, and who knew Josh Selby and Eric Bledsoe could get up like that? The Goodman league game against the Drew League might have been a better game, but this one certainly seemed to be more entertaining.
The D.C. vs. Baltimore exhibition at Morgan State University on Tuesday night predictably went to the Baltimore team, led by NBA stars LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul. The Melo All-Stars got the win, 149-141, led by 38 for James and 36 for Anthony. But the real star of the game was Kevin Durant, who poured in 59 points in a losing effort for the Goodman League all-stars.
Durant was going at James all game, and for the most part, he succeeded, hitting stepback three-pointers and driving to the basket for other scores. If this was a one-on-one battle between those two players, Durant very clearly came out on top. Alas, Durant's team was simply outclassed, with Brandon Jennings, arguably his second most recognizable teammate, not playing. With James, Paul and Anthony, the Baltimore team simply had too many weapons.
Here are some highlights of the game from ESPN and SportsCenter.
The rosters for Tuesday night's exhibition between a team representing Baltimore and a team representing Washington D.C. are stacked with big-name pros. The game, which is being put on by Carmelo Anthony on the campus of Morgan State University at 7 p.m., and it will feature four all-stars and a number of other promising players. Here are the NBA players listed on the rosters for the game, via Michael Lee of the Washington Post:
The game was originally going to be played at St. Frances, but it needed to be moved to a bigger venue. The Morgan State basketball team plays at the Talmadge L. Hill Field House, which holds about 4,500 people. The game will not be televised.
Curry has struggled with weight issues since having a breakout year in 2006/07, but has reportedly lost nearly 100 pounds. The Miami Heat have continued to express interest in him, but have asked he lose the weight. If he is indeed playing in Tuesday's exhibition, it will give the Heat and NBA fans a glimpse of just how far he's come.
LeBron James says he will be joining fellow NBA All-Stars Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony for a game in Baltimore on Tuesday.
"I'm in,'' James said Sunday.
Anthony, a Baltimore native, is organizing the game for his charity. James and Paul are expected to play with Anthony on the Baltimore team. Durant is expected to be joined by Jeff Green, DeMarcus Cousins and Brandon Jennings on the Washington D.C. team.
The game is scheduled to be held at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore at 7 p.m. Tuesday, though a switch to a bigger venue may end up being prudent. Tickets will go on sale the day of the game.