Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How group of NBA players ended up in pick-up game

NEW YORK – From the photos and videos, the pick-up game looked like something out of a basketball fan’s best dream.

Serge Ibaka, James Harden, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Enes Kanter all taking to a court in the offseason to get a game in. So how does something like that happen? Shumpert explained to us during an event at Rumble Boxing on Tuesday:

“Chris Brickley, one of the guys that used to work in player development when I was with the Knicks, he’s been training a ton of guys,” he said. “He was (talking to) my trainer Adam, telling him that guys were having runs up there at (Life Time Athletic at Sky) and I saw (Russell Westbrook) out at Fashion Week and I’m like ‘yo are you going up there to play?’ (He said) ‘I’m playing’, so I told Brick ‘I’m playing.’ (Carmelo Anthony)’s like ‘I’m playing’, I’m like cool, you’re playing.

“We played the one day and before we came back the next day, Bricks said ‘yeah, James Harden and (Chris Paul) said they’re coming today.’ Then JaVale McGee came. Guys just start hearing about it and everyone comes over and you have a game. I think it’s dope that Melo got it up and running. The fact that they let people come in there and get good games going, it’s dope. It keeps basketball alive all summer.”

While the games aren’t open to the public, Brickley has posted some videos on his Instagram account:

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