Generally speaking, it's not especially noteworthy for a 23-year-old NBA player to scramble a 53-year-old politician with a crossover during a pro-am game. However, I think we can make an exception for the clip above for three reasons:
1. The particular flavor of crossover selected by Tyreke Evans — dribbling the ball out with one hand, reaching across his body with the opposite hand and pulling the ball back in front of the defender while moving past him to the basket — is one preferred and made famous (stateside, anyway) by New York City streetball star and Providence College guard God Shammgod, and it's always fun to remember him.
2. Evans' victim, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, came right back down and dropped a dime off a no-look bounce pass on the other end, so justice was served.
3. Tyreke may be suiting up for the New Orleans Pelicans next season, but it's an odd bit of coincidence that one of the foremost supporters of the return of the Seattle SuperSonics got shaken up by a guy who's spent the last four years with the Sacramento Kings, in light of everything that happened this past year.
Evans' Shammgod came during Sunday's All-Star Game at the Seattle Summer Pro-Am Basketball League, which has been going strong since former NBA swingman Doug Christie started it in 1996 and has flourished in recent years under the guidance of Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, with a variety of high-level ballplayers — current and former NBA players, international pros, college and local high-school prospects and more, many with ties to Seattle and Portland — turning up to show out.
This summer's games have featured the likes of Crawford, Evans, Nate Robinson, Tony Wroten, Martell Webster, Spencer Hawes, Terrence Williams, Brandon Roy, Isaiah Thomas and Peyton Siva, among others, and Sunday's All-Star affair followed a campaign rally for McGinn, who's running for re-election this fall and has found support from Seattle basketball fans appreciative of his efforts to build a new arena that would serve as the new home for a returned SuperSonics club.
Crawford and Evans were the two top performers in Sunday's game, using their handle and long-range bombing to wow the fans in attendance:
But with the clock winding down and his squad down by two points, Crawford wound up having the last laugh:
I mean, when it's your league, you should get to take and make a game-winning 3-pointer. That's just science.
All in all, a pretty fun way to spend Sunday, it seems. And now, in the interest of helping you find fun ways to spend a Monday, here's about six minutes of backstory on the Shammgod, including a similar move's international roots and clips of excellent present-day practitioners:
- Sports & Recreation
- Tyreke Evans
- Seattle SuperSonics
- Jamal Crawford