No Wade. No Bosh. No problem. LeBron James formed another “Big Three” with Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.
words // Brandon Richard
With the NBA on an indefinite hiatus, our thirst for hoop action has been quenched with the numerous highly-publicized summer and Pro-Am league match-ups taking place across the country in recent weeks. Earlier this month, Kevin Durant dropped 44 points in the much-talked-about game against the Los Angeles-based Drew League. KD returned to the court last night, finding himself on the opposing side of a fully-stacked deck.
Joining the summer league fun were NBA superstars LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, who all suited up for Anthony’s Baltimore-based Melo League. The game between Goodman and Melo was played in the gym at Morgan State University. Other notable NBA names that suited up were Roger Mason Jr., Jeff Green, Ty Lawson, Josh Selby, Austin Daye, Jarrett Jack, Gary Neal and Eric Bledsoe.
As far as highlights go, this game was filled with them. Durant’s outright assault on the Melo League defense; Paul’s signature handles and court vision on display; and what appeared to be an endless amount of poster-worthy dunks from the King. Also worth mentioning is the impressive play of Memphis Grizzlies rookie guard Josh Selby, who has been turning a lot of heads on the summer circuit.
The fans in attendance were happy to see the All-Star Melo trio, but it was Durant who ultimately stole the show. Following his 66-point performance at the Rucker and 44-point night against the Drew League, KD scorched LeBron and company for 59 points. What’s scary about his performance is that noticeably improving his game – better handles, strength, vision and new go-to moves may very well make him the best offensive player in the world right now.
Despite Durant’s huge night, the Melo League All-Stars used a balanced effort from their stacked roster to pull out a 149-141 win. James finished with 32 points, Anthony scored 27 and CP3 poured in 16.
Read on for a look at the basketball shoes worn by the stars of the Goodman and Melo Leagues, as well as a couple highlights from the night.
Carmelo Anthony greets fans and reporters in his new Jordan t-shirt.
LeBron James all smiles in his Basketball Never Stops Nike t-shirt.
Here’s a look at Kevin Durant eying two of his 59 points.
LeBron throws it down in a brand new “Graffiti” colorway of the Nike LeBron 8 V/2.
images via Yahoo