Two unassailable truths emerged from Steph Curry’s scrimmage with some of the Harlem Globetrotters on Thursday.
1. The NBA needs to adopt the red, white and blue basketball.
And 2. Curry has a soft place to land if the NBA folds.
Some would say, derisively, that Curry and the Warriors have already mastered and merged the fine arts of basketball and unadulterated entertainment. All that is needed to make it official is Draymond Green doing the confetti in the water bucket bit, practiced here to perfection by Special K Daley:
Thursday’s hoop-happy summit was a little more low key. Curry, as you may guess, is a natural at the 3-man weave. As was Quinn Cook, who topped off his bit with the Globetrotters’ signature 4-pointer — a 30-footer (six feet farther than the NBA’s arc.)
Last week, after Curry dropped 51 points and 11 treys on the Washington Generals, er, Wizards, ESPN analyst Jaylen Rose connected the dots:
“I always wondered what it would be like if a Harlem Globetrotter ever played in the league,” Rose said. “(Curry) is the modern day Curly Neal playing in the NBA.”
Let’s put that to the eye test, shall we:
Not bad. But I don’t think I saw a tunnel shot or a ceiling-scraping finger roll. Let’s call it a draw.
The Globetrotters will perform at the Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz on Friday night. They will return in January for six shows at Oracle Arena and SAP Center in San Jose. For more information click here.