By Leo Haggerty


OK, I’ve give you the particulars.  At the National Basketball Association’s 70th midseason exhibition (I refuse to dignify the showing by calling it a game),Team Lebron defeated Team Durant 170 – 150.

The winning squad shot just under 64% from the field (68-107) and a shade over 50% from the three point line (31-61).  The losers shot a respectable 52.6% (60-114) from the floor and 37.5% (27-72) behind the arc.  The difference of 93 points on 3’s by Team Lebron to 81 three pointers by Team Durant was a major reason for the win.

As you can see from those stats, defense was not part of the Sunday evening festivities.  If that doesn’t convince you, let me add that both teams committed eight fouls each with Team Lebron blocking three shots while Team Durant didn’t knock away a single attempt from the field.  Hey, it’s hard to foul or deflect a shot when you’re not even “in the same area code” as the player your suppose to be guarding.

Honestly, I truly attempted to watch the tilt but I had to turn it off.  As an old school basketball purist, it was painful to observe a total disregard by a team when they were protecting their basket.  I believe the French military did a better job of defending their homeland in World War II against the invading German blitzkrieg and we all know how that turned out.

I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight the major positive development that came out of the exhibition.  That was the $750,000 that was donated by the winning team’s charity, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and that’s just not a good thing.  That’s a great thing.

I guess that trumps the bastardizing of basketball for one evening.  Thank good it only happens once a year or does it?