There is definitely a new, extremely talented Jordan in the world of basketball. It’s not Michael Jordan. It’s Jordan McCabe. Mind you, this one is destined for the NBA if he plays his cards right. If, for some reason the NBA is not his final destiny, the Harlem Globetrotters could present a fall-back position for Jordan McCabe.
He was recently featured on a “The Little Heroes” segment on KOMO News Television out of Seattle, Washington. Watch the sick-mad skills on this youngster, at the tender young age of 12-years old, and yes, persevere through the 15-second lead-in. It’s worth it.
If you watch the whole segment, you realize that this kid isn’t just about performing unchallenged ball-handling exhibitions to wow onlookers. Jordan McCabe joined a pick-up basketball with people well in advance of his age and performed quite well, sharing the rock, dishing assists, and scoring when he had an open look (and sometimes even when he didn’t have an open look).
As David Stern continues to spread his NBA seed across Europe, games like last night’s LA Lakers/FC Barcelona match-up are more and more common. What’s not common, however, is watching an NBA team — A World Champs NBA team no less — get treated like they were the Washington Generals, at least, during one play. The ball movement on display in the above video reminds me of a weave drill from a practice session; that is, with no defense.
While it was Fran Vazquez who finished the play with a nice dunk, the passing that set Vazquez up was world-class, and very Harlem Globetrotter-esqe.
Surprisingly, Barcelona wound up beating the Lakers, 92-88. Granted, one could assume the Lakers weren’t into the game, but then again, if that was the case, why did Phil Jackson play his squad big minutes? Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom got over 30 minutes of clock, while Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest and Derek Fisher logged 25 minutes or more.