Tony Parker Organized A Basketball Game On Top Of A Two-Mile High Glacier

By: 09.15.16

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Have you ever wondered what it would look like if a basketball game was played outside in the snow on a makeshift court constructed in the middle of a two-mile-high glacier? You probably haven’t, because that’s a pretty random and specific thing to wonder about. But Tony Parker has, and he made it a reality on Wednesday.

Via the New York Daily News:

The Spurs’ Belgian-born point guard hosted a game of hoops Wednesday atop Switzerland’s Aletsch glacier, which at over 11,000 feet above sea level — or the length of about 120 NBA courts — is the tallest in the Alps.

A makeshift hardwood court covered the snow that coated the Jungfraujoch summit, which allowed Parker and pros from the Swiss League and France’s ASVEL Villerubanne club to ditch their snowshoes for sneakers.

Dozens of spectators also gathered to take in the unusual sights, along with the brisk, just-above-freezing weather. But it was tough to see much of anything, let alone a basket or a backboard, without the help of sunglasses.

Here’s what it looked like, and it’s admittedly pretty surreal to see a fully-functional basketball court just sitting in the middle of the snow like this:

Playing in the Alps seems like it would be cold, but you have to applaud the creativity.

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