Someone named “Danny Granger” on a team called the “Indiana Pacers” (of the relatively unknown Association of National Basketball) went to Indonesia, where the local populace was tricked into believing he was a huge star.
[Granger] wasn’t expecting this: More than 30 billboards promoting his arrival, police escorts to a sold-out arena, throngs of professional and student journalists asking him questions, and photographers constantly taking his picture.
Or this: The Jawa Pos, one of the country’s biggest newspapers, displaying a full-page photo of Granger in his home Pacers jersey wrapped around a front-page story in what the paper called the “Danny Granger Edition.” […]
Granger was the lone NBA player to make the trip, and the Pacers’ leading scorer last season relished his celebrity status.
Ah, yes. The cheers of people from a poor country can give one a sense of euphoria. But be careful, Danny! Once you’ve liberated Indonesia from the tyranny of cricket, you better have a plan to create an organized basketball league. Otherwise NBA player deployments could become much longer and more dangerous. These are difficult times for the NBA. I mean, they’ve already bypassed an all-volunteer league and implemented a draft.