‘Tis the season for NBA stars to appear on random television shows. First it was Metta World Peace in, I’m not joking, “Real Vampire Housewives.” Now it’s three mid-card NBA stars showing up in Mindy Kaling’s new TV show.
The Mindy Project has just lined up some slam-dunk guest casting: New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire, free agent guard Baron Davis, and Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger will play themselves in the fourth episode of Mindy Kaling’s new Fox comedy, EW has learned. In the episode, Kaling’s gynecologist character goes on an outing with her co-workers to a nightclub, where she winds up hanging out in the VIP section with the three NBA players.
Watch your back, “Parks and Recreation.” There’s a new kid on the block that is populated by NBA cameos. And considering Mindy Kaling is a huge NBA fan, this makes a ton of sense. I don’t know how Danny Granger fits in — other than maybe something to do with buying a house from the guy who created “Dawson’s Creek” — but since he has a Batcave, I’m fine with it.
This could be pretty huge for Granger though. After being passed over for a “Parks and Recreation” guest spot for Roy Hibbert, this is a chance for Danny to re-establish himself in the minds of casual NBA fans. People know Amar’e and Baron, so if this puts him in league with them as players that people have seen on TV and therefore assume must be good at basketball, that could be great. Don’t mess it up, Granny Danger.
It’ll also be interesting to see NBA guys partying in a night club post-Tony Parker wearing goggles. Hope Amar’e brings his Oakleys.