Sorry, sliced bread. You’ve been replaced as the go-to pinnacle of inventions by these guys in Vermont who formed the Mini Basketball League, which is exactly what it sounds like — an honest-to-goodness league played on 8-and-a-half-foot hoops with those little miniature basketballs you get at any NBA stadium. Incredible.

I mean, don’t these guys look like they’re having the best time ever? (This guy, not so much.) They keep records, they have people take pictures and video, they get matching custom jerseys. They are not messing around. They even have an All-Star Game. An All-Star Game, you guys. For a miniature basketball league. Smart.

And then, in a stroke of genius for which we can thank technology, they put everything on the Internet. The lockout totally sucks, but at least we have this. Might rechristen the site The Mini Basketball Jones and just devote all of our resources to covering the MBL. Spend some time checking this stuff out and you’ll see it’s totally worth it. It’s only the best idea ever.

(via Ryan Hurst)

Comments (27)

  1. whats the hight of the net?

  2. wait never mind

  3. Strong multiculturalism.. lol

    *no black guys*

  4. Well, it’s Vermont.

  5. True, true you got a point.

  6. Finally, a league with less than the NBA! Seriously, put a damn hand up and swat the ball out of the court

  7. when my friends and i used to lower my hoop to 8 1/2 feet and play a game—almost without fail, somebody got hurt. everyone was pretty much blake griffin out there.

  8. Is it bad that I like their version of the Cavs jerseys better than the real ones?

  9. If, and when, I play this, I guarantee I will injure every joint in my body.

  10. that’s not even 8 and a half foot. more like 7 foot hoop.

  11. Proof that the main theme from Last of the Mohicans can make anything epic. Also, I laughed at the dude who crossed a guy up then missed the dunk and the baggyness of everyone’s clothing.

  12. The kid in the picture on the left looks like biedrins

  13. Matty O needs to cameo in this league

  14. The Only reason I missed that dunk in that video is number 24 undercut me as I tried to posterize him

  15. think an nba player may take his talents to the mbl?

  16. This idea is good for the dunking, but htose mini balls and baskets really screw up your shot

  17. VERY GOOD IDEA NICE JERSEYS!!!!

  18. the jerseys were supplied by this account seller see this link

    http://shop.ebay.com/ballhandler06/m.html?_ipg=50&_sop=12&_rdc=1

    so many cool jerseys!!!!

  19. [...] court in America this summer. At this point, I’m kind of expecting him to show up in a Mini Basketball League highlight tape.66 points is the kind of performance that’ll get you a nickname. Not sure, but [...]

  20. where is this located?

  21. This,is,lot of fun , I’ve played in similar games even under six ft 8.5 rim tournaments!!! From down south to up north!! I love it and would love to play!! But I do have a suggestion … The 27.0 sized ball !!just one size below women’s… That’s what I had played with ,in these elsewhere and I,must say it is perfect!!! You can shoot and handle it so much more realistically and not Every single player can palm,it but most can!! Looks a LOT better,as those mini balls honestly look kinda lame and I know are real lame to dribble and shoot with…… Holla

  22. can i get on a team im 10

  23. put me on the bulls

  24. can i get on a team im 12

  25. can i play im 12

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