The NBA summer league just finished up in Las Vegas and for the budding NBA fan you were able to see the beginning of the careers of some of the NBA’s brightest stars such as Blake Griffin, James Harden, and Hasheem Thabeet along with stellar performances from Anthony Randolph and Anthony Morrow.
For the rest of the NBA public, the summer league is more bore some than painting a picket fence. The NBA Summer League is like a fine wine; some people really enjoy it and will continue to drink it. Some other people would prefer to drink from the keg.
However, I still think that the best analogy for the Summer League is getting drunk at a party. When most people go to party, the plan is usually to meet old friends and gets yourself so plastered that you’ll forget that stupid story you told about that time that you thought you ran into Conan O’Brien.
Once you are a couple drinks in, you get a little loose and decided to let your inhibitions go. Much like watching Blake Griffin dropping 26 points on the Lake Show, you can do little wrong. The more fun that you are having, the drunker you and your bros become.
After you clearly could fail a breathalyzer test based on the amount of liquor that you had, you eventually get to the zone that few individuals get to. Your head gets light and spinny, every girl to you looks like Jenna Fischer at 25 years old, and well something tells you that you should go out on the dance floor and do the Macarena. It’s like watching Hasheem Thabeet swat shots from NBDL players; you know it’s going to happen you just do not know when and to whom.
Then, it’s the morning after. Your groggy and irritable, all sounds are like nails on a chalk-board and that girl you brought home has taken the walk of shame out of your apartment before you has even gotten up. It’s much like the Summer League, sure you had the time of your life but in the end that’s only a break from the real job at hand. Most of those players starting in those games will not see light at the end of the tunnel or will be slumming at Dairy Queen.
So, if we learn anything from the NBA Summer League is that it’s nice to see basketball again but maybe we take a break from it for awhile.