‘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.
Ever since he blew out his knee again, Baron Davis has had a lot of time on his hands. So he’s done what any normal person with millions of dollars and nothing to do for a few months would — make videos using a terrible British accent, start a video game company and help design a mobile video game that features himself, some fellow NBA players and the WNBA’s Candace Parker. Duh.
As you can see in the trailer — video games have trailers now, 2012 — Getting Buckets is sort of a “Sonic the Hedgehog” meets “Backyard Baseball” sidescroller, rather than some complicated simulation that would require the player to learn all kinds of moves that would make them good at video games. That’s intentional. From SLAM:
“There’s really no kind of fun, immediate game that you can play that involves your favorite athletes,” Davis says. “What Sean and I wanted to do was to really create a gaming app that would connect fans with athletes.”
Adds O’Brien [the game's designer]: “The first vision that Baron had was to create something accessible. He didn’t want to do a simulation game where there are a lot of controls that you have to try to master. He wanted casual fans to be able to pick up their iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch and just be able to play and interact with the athlete. And we really felt there was an opening in mobile gaming.”
Baron Davis preferring to do things the easy way, rather than put in all that silly practice? No way. That’s a huge surprise.
But really, it’s pretty easy to see this sort of game succeeding in the App Store. If “Angry Birds,” “Fruit Ninja” and “Rat on a Snowboard” can get mad downloads, you’d think a bunch of NBA players dribbling all over the place and jumping a lot would do just fine. As long as animated Baron and Steve Nash stay healthy, real-life Baron might have a hit on his hands.