A few days ago the NBA sent out a memo to a handful of players informing them not to partake in a two-day exhibition in Manila. Some listened and some did not. Two players who opted to attend were DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors.
The NBA no longer allows players to partake in exhibition or even charity events without league approval though with some players reportedly earning upwards of $150,000 dollars for an appearance, it’s easy to see why some decided to shun the NBA’s request.
For those who did attend, they certainly gave the crowd a show as evidenced by the below video featuring DeMar DeRozan using Toronto Raptors teammate Kyle Lowry as his prop during a dunk contest.
Lowry, who stands about 6’1 with sneakers stood at the interior circle as DeRozan lined up a few feet inside of the half court mark. The high-flying swingman then took off, soaring over Lowry and clearing him completely (despite his long shorts) and grabbed the ball which was thrown off the backboard, slamming it down.
By no stretch was it a new dunk but it’s still impressive to see the Toronto Raptors teammates perform live. Or so I thought.
While DeRozan and Lowry seemed rather happy with their tag-team slam, the crowd didn’t appear very receptive at all considering there was little cheering and nobody got out of their seat. Of course, there are different customs in different parts of the world but I’m sure Lowry and DeRozan would have liked to have seen a little more love.