Brandon Jennings wants you to know that no one scored 72 points on him.
Nobody never dropped 72pts on me…. Let’s clear that up right now!!!!
— Brandon Jennings (@BRAND0NJENNINGS) August 17, 2012
Wait a sec… did someone say 72 points were scored on Brandon Jennings?!?
I hadn’t noticed before, but now there are some natural questions. Where was that? Who did it? And why was Jennings ID’d as the victim?
As you can see, nothing good comes from ascribing your own name to a 72-point beatdown.
It turns out that it was Portland Trailblazers’ rookie Will Barton leading a team named “Baltimore’s Best” to a 124-109 exhibition victory over “Team Armour” at St. Frances High School in Baltimore. According to the Baltimore Sun,
Last month, Mike Parker, brand director for Under Armour basketball, talked to Jennings about uniting the six NBA players signed with Under Armour for a three-day photo shoot in Baltimore. Not wanting to miss out on an opportunity to play, the Milwaukee Bucks guard suggested an exhibition. Parker figured the players could compete against local talent, and they could hold it at St. Frances, which has a contract with Under Armour.
As for the six NBA players, “Team Armour” was stacked a little deeper with Kemba Walker, DeAndre Jordan, Derrick Williams, and Jennings. “Baltimore’s Best” only had Barton and Josh Selby, who according to the Sun report showed up “at the start of the second quarter”, at which point Barton had already caught fire.
Below are some video links to the highlights, starting with the one from Hoopmixtape.com:
And also one from TheMarsReel.com:
As you can see from the vids, Brandon gets crossed a few times, but is largely unresponsible for Barton’s outburst in an otherwise meaningless exhibition. And to be honest, no defense at all is preferable — I would much rather Brandon start out healthy in October — 72 points be damned.