For the second straight year I journeyed to the middle of nowhere, also known as Indian Wells, California to witness some outdoor preseason NBA Action. The Phoenix Suns played host to the Golden State Warriors in an open air tennis stadium. Last year - if you recall on HHR - we chronicled the Suns against the Nuggets. Well this year proved to be a little bit more of an entertaining game as the Warriors pulled out the high scoring affair 104-101. Going into a game like this you aren't really looking for anything legitimate to happen, but the fun is seeing the odd workings of a pre-season games. Never did I think I'd have a reason to wear my throwback Warriors Jason Richardson jersey, but this past Saturday proved reason enough. J-Rich got things started early with a sweet windmill dunk on a breakaway. With that in mind I give you some notes from the game. Enjoy.
- Indian Wells should stick to tennis events, the parking at this place was a complete nightmare leaving me and diehard Warriors fan Drew to park a mile away at a Del Taco. Note: we did not feed the beast. Also, anyone that feeds that beast before 8 beers needs to re-evaluate themselves.
- The event staff appeared confused: upon asking a woman where will call was, I was handed two free tickets to walk in. Which was cool, I guess, but I already had ordered tickets online. Whatever...I took them and entered because God knows where will call actually was.
- This was mentioned last year, but it's worth saying again: Cedric Ceballos is the in-game MC for the Suns. I welcome anyone to let us know what other former All-Stars now serve as hype-men for their former team. I imagine this to be a very, very short list.
- I like to think I know the college hoops game pretty well, and often can play the "where did that guy go to college." Two thoughts on this, stump your friends by asking them where the Warriors' Devean George went to school. (It's Augsburg). Secondly, I'd like to see video proof that Louis Amundson actually played at UNLV, because right now I'm not buying it.
- I was hoping to see Craig Sager in a ridiculous outfit in person, instead it was Cheryl Miller. Make your own jokes here.
- Drew wagered that the Warrior's high-flyer Anthony Randolph would hit the floor five times in various wild rebound attempts, loose balls, and just other random antics. Little did we know that was just the first half. Randolph took a spill seven times in all, a stat that should be kept by all teams.
- If Anthony Morrow and Stephen Curry don't get in the NBA 3-point contest, it's a travesty.
- Rest easy, Dan Dickau is still alive and he is the third point guard on the Suns. The Suns employ the rare white point guard trifecta. It's Nash, Dickau, and another guy who I don't want to talk about.
- Lastly, I'll be driving to Blogs with Balls this week, which if things go smoothly should take under 4 hours. Why do I bring this up? Due to the insanity that is the 60-10 interchange it took over 3 hours to reach this game. Normally, an hour and a half.