It’s August in America, and the start of the start of the NBA season is still almost two months away. In other words, the midsummer malaise is setting in for hoops fans.
Thanks to Rockets GM Daryl Morey and an increasingly high-sodium C.J. McCollum, however, it actually wasn’t too bad for a random Wednesday in the middle of the month. Morey, for his part, laid out his (predictably) analytical take on why he thinks LeBron is the GOAT (and why the debate isn’t especially close, as far as he’s concerned), while C.J.’s “ring-chasing” aversion choked back to life for one final gasp via a Chinese television appearance.
But since it’s the summer, we could also use something a little less cerebral, and the young fellas around the league typically have us covered in that department. To that end, we are happy to present to you Deandre Ayton and Mo Bamba dancing to the 2012 Carly Rae Jepsen classic “Call Me Maybe” at the rookie photo shoot, where the newest NBA stars are photographed for their Panini America trading cards.
The best part about it is just how truly committed they are to this performance. It’s just the type of “leave it all out on the court” mentality fans like to see.
And for the sake of continuity, here’s another incredible thing that happened during the recent rookie symposium wherein Mo Bamba was captured on video dancing and singing along to a song called…”Mo Bamba,” by his childhood friend, rapper Sheck Wes.
You’re free to explore this origin story at your own leisure if you’re so inclined, but we’re Inception-levels deep on this one already, so we’ll just leave it here for your enjoyment.