Preseason games can be, at times, tedious. Veteran players can be accused of dogging it, simply getting in their reps, doing the minimum amount to prepare themselves for the regular season. And for unguaranteed players or rookies, preseason is a fight for survival, a chance to make a claim for a roster spot, playing time, or simply another tryout with another team. All in all, the effect can be underwhelming.
And then there are games like last night’s matchup with the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors. Both teams had an increased energy level, led by some competitive back-and-forth amongst veterans, capitalized by the die-hard efforts of roster-hopefuls like Toure’ Murry and Ike Diogu. The game was still tedious — 58 minutes of meaningless basketball is a bit much — but it was fun by preseason standards. There were dunks, buzzer-beaters, clutch shots, legitimate hustle for loose balls….
And then this from Tyler Hansbrough and Metta World Peace
The exchange is pretty classic. World Peace fouls Hansbrough hard on a put-back, their arms get tangled up, and Hansbrough rips away. Metta, not being one to shy away from a confrontation, bellies up to Hansbrought after the rip-away. Hansbrough turns around, expecting to retaliate, only to see who his adversary was. His eyes light up, and you can quickly see him mouth “My bad, my bad.”
Hansbrough is a thorn in everyone’s side, playing the type of obnoxiously inspired ball no matter the situation… but I don’t blame him one bit for backing down. Good stuff, preseason-Knicks-vs.-Raptors.
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