If last summer was dominated by the 2010 FIBA World Championships, then this summer has been ruled by pickup games. Whether it’s Kevin Durant scoring an absurd amount of points wherever he played, LeBron James getting ripped by some nobody or Brandon Jennings embarrassing fools, we’ve been treated to a bunch of different little mini-stories during this lockout-eclipsed summer. It’s been a nice way to pass the time, especially considering there’s no actual basketball to talk about.
And now, we’re on the verge of something so bizarre and so potentially hilarious that the summer of pickup hoops might never be topped. From HoopsWorld:
Eddy Curry will play for the Melo League in Tuesday’s game against Goodman League. Curry joins LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul.
Can you even believe this stunning turn of events? “Eddy Curry joins LeBron, Carmelo and CP3 for pickup game” is the kind of headline you’d more likely encounter on The Onion. It’s not that he can’t play basketball, it’s just that this will be his first game with NBA players since December 2009 and it’s happening in a random summer league run. No one could have predicted this.
Awestruck wonder aside, this could be really great for Eddy Curry. If he plays and does anything good at all, why wouldn’t LeBron James recommend his signing once the season starts? He’s lost a bunch of weight and he’s already had looks from the Heat, showing that he remembers what basketball is might get him back in the league. If that happens, we might remember this as the time Eddy Curry got an NBA contract because of a pickup game, which might be the most incredible part of this entire summer.
Of course, odds are Eddy Curry will somehow injure himself during this exhibition game, since that is what seems to always happen when he’s doing anything besides walking. No one’s rooting for that, but don’t be surprised if that’s the case. The guy’s been a David Stern punchline and he hurt himself running laps in training camp in the last calendar year, so anything’s on the table. He’s played 10 games since 2008. A full-court, up-and-down game might be a bit of a shock to the system. Better have paramedics on location, just to be safe.