Those looking for an NBA fix these days have limited options. There's old games on NBA TV, or replays from the Knicks run to the 1994 Finals on MSG. (As we write this, Ewing and company are battling Indiana in Game Seven of the conference finals.) There's our video-game simulations, if you don't mind games that are, you know, fake. And then there's the occasional exhibition featuring real, live professional players. Well, good news, people of New York: Some NBA players and draftees — specifically, Kemba Walker, Brandon Jennings, Derrick Williams, and Greivis Vasquez — are coming to town this week to play couple of games.
These aren't charity games with two full lineups of NBA talent, though. Here's the deal: The aforementioned quartet will be scrimmaging against a pair of local high school teams as part of the Under Armour "Are You From Here?" tour. Tomorrow, they'll take on Boys & Girls High School, then on Friday, they'll play Lincoln High School. The games, according to the Daily News, are free and open to the public, though one imagines they'll pack the gyms to capacity. And according to Sole Collector, yes, they'll be playing four-against-five.
Now, sure, two of those four players have yet to actually take part in an NBA game, and another averaged just 3.6 points per contest last year. And seeing these guys take on talented high school squads is hardly the same as watching an NBA game, though we suppose we'll finally learn the answer to the question, "What would a penalty kill look like in basketball?" But right now, this kind of thing is going to have to do. This lockout, as if you needed to be reminded, sucks.