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There have been a couple crazy moments in 2020, but I have to put Kevin Durant playing catch with a baseball on Manhattan Beach at the top. Let’s think back to the last time we all saw an all-time basketball great throwing around a baseball — ON A PUBLIC BEACH.
First of all, I’ve been at this Internet job a long, long time and I can’t remember any NBA guys throwing around a baseball for the joy of it. There might’ve been some Directv commercial or deodorant commercial where a guy tries to throw a baseball, but it wouldn’t have been for the joy of the activity. John Wall tried to throw a first-pitch once. Kobe threw one much better than Wall. In 2018, TMZ played a grainy video of LeBron making a great catch during a pickup game of softball.
Now someone show me NBA guys taking gloves to the beach and loosening up the rotator cuff. Good luck finding that footage.
— David Katz (@katzmando) September 8, 2020
Michael Jordan might’ve been the last time we had a memorable moment where a basketball player dabbled with baseball. That was 26 years ago. MLB should buy this Durant video and turn it into a commercial. Then run the commercial during the NBA Finals. I’d run it all over Instagram. TikTok. Snap. Baseball won’t do it because it’s operated by Rob Manfred and can’t figure out a way to promote actual baseball players, but it would be the perfect footage to show kids it’s cool to take a hardball to the beach and launch it.
As for the form, it’s not “excellent,” but it’s pretty good. KD clearly played a few summers of Little League before sprouting to 7-foot. The guy seems engaged with the activity and having fun. This is so rare and so 2020.