It was the summer of Pro-Am around the NBA.
The veterans and young players have both been spotted in different parts of the country, showing off their skills in Pro-Am matches. Not only are these NBA players showing off in these Pro-Am games, they also show themselves.
Last week we saw a video circulating on social media platforms of alumni Boston Celtics goalie Isaiah Thomas loses 81 points in a Pro-Am game in Seattle. Thomas also took the time to break some dudes’ ankles on the way to this scoring feat while wearing a pair of Kobe Bryant shoes.
Now a week later we have another outstanding scoring outing in a Pro-Am game in the Pacific Northwest. Make two more.
A few days ago, a video appeared online of another Celtics goalie doing this 92-point job. Celtics second-year guard Payton Pritchard had 92 points on his opponents’ forehead in a Pro-Am game in Portland, Oregon.
Speaking of a blast, Payton averaged 7.7 points per game in his rookie year with the Celtics. It’s not bad to play less than 20 minutes per game. But the Celtics could surely have used this type of offensive tenacity in the playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets a few months ago!
What’s been going on lately about those little Celtics guards going HAM in summer Pro-Am games? Both guys have played or played for the Celtics currently. Both players are from the same region of the country – the Pacific Northwest. The two played college ball at the Pac-10/12 conference. I would say it’s something in this Pacific Northwest water, but I also reside in PNW, and the water here is not that good.
In the same game as Pritchard, but on the opposing team, Brooklyn Nets goalie Mike James posted a rather impressive score with an alleged performance of 70 points. There is a dispute as to whether James scored 63, 67 or 70 points in the game. I saw mention of the three totals. But 70 is the one that comes out the most, so we’re going to give it to him. It’s a Pro-Am game, not the NBA Finals.
Either way, these games give you an even deeper appreciation for what NBA players can do. Pritchard and James have over 150 points in one game. As good as the two players are, they’re both about the eighth or ninth players on the bench for the respective NBA teams. No, hit them, but it’s just amazing the skill level of all NBA players.
Another thing this game has confirmed to me is that it’s not just in the NBA that nobody cares much about defense anymore. Their scores alone are proof enough, but looking at the video of the game, it’s obvious that defense is completely optional at all levels of the game at this point.
I can’t wait to see which NBA player appears next to score 200 points in a Pro-Am game. It’s like a glorified shootout. And that’s what I’m here for.