Matt Barnes put on the jets in the playoffs at Kezar Pavillion
An Olympic summer just wrapped, but this particular Dream Team certainly wasn’t fighting for gold medals. It’s the end of summer and the last teams still standing were definitely getting their skills playground tested. A battle certainly ensued in this year’s San Francisco Pro-Am Basketball League that wrapped in August. Dream Team took the edge in Game 1 with a 82-80 win before strong-arming the game away from East Bay in a thrilling 97-94 overtime win in Game 2 of the best-of-three title series. They defeated a squad that was anchored by the buckets of former USF standout and present D-Leaguer Jovan Harris, who was this year’s Pro-Am MVP. Still, Dream Team was stacked with crowd favorite Golden State Warriors Matt Barnes (now signed with Phoenix Suns) and the force known as forward Eric Crookshank, who did a stint in 2007 as And1’s “Air Canada” and will play overseas this season.
East Bay automatically made it to the finals after finishing atop the league standings with a 6-1 regular season record. And with a less impressive 4-3 finish, Dream Team was able to really get their momentum rolling for the finals by defeating both Bay Pride and SF City just to live to see another day in the playoffs. Crookshank averaged a double-double throughout Dream Team’s regular season run and into the playoffs shot nearly 50% from the field. Numbers don’t lie. Money has the look and hopefully will have a good run this season playing overseas with Finland’s Componeta. He finished with with 26 points, while Barnes was killing them softly with lightning-quick layups. His long-range was deadly too, including one from downtown deep in the overtime frame to wrangle the ‘chip away from the East Bay. Monta Ellis was supposed to run with Dream Team but people can think of 66,000,000 million reasons he was a no-show. Meanwhile, Matt was out there acting like the Larry O’Brien trophy was on the line. Gotta love it. Hopefully, the Suns will respect his hustle more than the Warriors did last year.
(Dream Team’s finest…And don’t you just love the yellow & black Nike Dunks on dude in the middle? Don’t trip, we all have a pair of lucky kicks!)