If I could wave a magic wand and provide Théo the greatest experience he could want while in the US, I think it would be for him to see an NBA game. Given it’s the off-season for the NBA and that Seattle no longer has a team and it would take a magic wand with sizeable power. So what happened late last night? Théo discovered that Seattle resident and NBA All-Star Jamal Crawford had organized a midnight game for a few of his friends, including All-Star point guard Chris Paul. The game was being promoted on social media. We learned it would be taking place at Seattle Pacific University and that it was free. Additional rumors included that other NBA players would be participating, including Blake Griffin (Théo was wearing a Griffin jersey).
Chris Paul working out.
Like I said, the game was slated to start at midnight and doors to the small arena would open at 11:15pm. At 9:45 Théo and I left the house to see if we could get in. We arrived at 10 and stood in line with other hopefuls, wondering all along if we would be among the lucky few. Excitement in the crowd swelled when through a set a windows to our right we saw Chris Paul in a weight room warming up. He was no more than 15 yards from us! Théo squatted to take a picture.
The opening tip.
Just past 11:15, the line started to move. We kept our fingers crossed as we moved forward, soon finding ourselves in the brightly lit arena, 8 rows up from the floor, and with goofy expressions on our faces. The game started at about 12:15am, and while Blake Griffin never did arrive, we were treated to some incredible basketball just a few feet away. Several NBA players performed, but the highlight player may have been a 17 year-old Seattle high school player who attends the same high school that Jamal Crawford attended. The two put on some epic one-on-one battles during the game with the kid, nicknamed Baby Boy, often getting the best of Crawford.
At 2am we left the arena and headed home, those goofy expressions still on our faces.