Being an uncle is pretty cool. You get to buy your nieces and nephews annoyingly loud toys to passive-aggressively torture your brother or sister. You get to give the kids lots of candy and ice cream and it automatically makes you cool. It’s a pretty easy gig.
Dunking on a 7-footer in the NBA, or beating the buzzer with an entire defense focused on stopping you? Not as easy.
Jeff Green, endearingly known as Uncle Jeff from his Thunder days, has had a rough year with the Celtics after coming back from heart surgery. He’s shown flashes, but the consistent production just hasn’t been there. It will take some time, but plays like this provide a little glimpse of what Green’s mix of size and athleticism can produce:
Kyrie Irving, star of the “Uncle Drew” commercials that might be the best hoops spots since the “Lil Penny” commercials with Penny Hardaway, does pretty incredible things on a regular basis. Here he is beating the buzzer in the first quarter in a 33-point outburst against the Atlanta Hawks.
All in all, not a bad night for the NBA’s most notable uncles. Green’s dunks helped the Celtics take care of the Suns, 87-79, while Irving’s efficient scoring night helped the Cavs take down the Hawks, 99-83.