I have no idea who is going to be our next president, but looking at the people likely to throw their hat in we can safely say this: The days of high-level hoop pickup games with the president and NBA stars is coming to and end. Unless I dramatically underestimate Jeb Bush’s vertical.
Monday was the annual White House Easter Egg Roll event — this year with more bees! — and a number of players were on hand including new Hall of Fame member Dikembe Mutombo as well as some Wizards such as John Wall and Paul Pierce.
There was a pickup game, and here is how Wall described it, via my man J. Michael of CSNWashington.com.
When the President trash talks you, what are you going to do? Bump him in the chest and stare him down, only to get tackled by four Secret Service agents?
I’m going to miss these stories when he’s gone.
You can argue that veteran Carl Landry was doing the right thing, stepping in to stop two guys squaring off, but that doesn’t matter. Leave the bench during an incident on the court and you get suspended. Ask Amar’e Stoudemire about it.
Landry did just that Sunday, came off the bench to step between a potential “fight” (come on, it’s the NBA, there are no real fights), and now the league has spoken. Sacramento’s Landry has been suspended one game without pay and will sit out Tuesday when the Kings face the Timberwolves.
The incident happened with 6:10 remaining in the fourth quarter, Landry was celebrating a bucket and had stepped onto the court a little as players do. The Kings’ Derrick Williams had become tied up with Jazz center Rudy Gobert, Williams pushed Gobert then they bumped chests. Landry was nearby and stepped in to separate them.
That’s going to cost him a game, good intentions or no.
In the past four games, Landry had averaged about 15 minutes and 7 points a game for the Kings off the bench.
It was just good to see Paul George back on the court Sunday.
He was welcomed with open arms by Pacers fans just 247 days after a gruesome leg injury while playing for Team USA last summer. He was understandably a bit rusty but had 13 points in 15 minutes and hit 3-of-6 from three.
More than that, he brings real hope to the Pacers’ playoff dreams. This is good for the league, and we fans.