The post-2009 crew beat the pre-2009 crew 107-103 in Washington’s inaugural alumni game, which served as a reminder and a jolt for the program.
Hec Edmundson was full and hot. People were turned away at the door, quelling Lorenzo Romar’s fears that they may get only 5,000 or so people to turn out.
Some quick news and notes from the day:
> Isaiah Thomas was named MVP in a game that never really got going. Thomas scored 24 points on 10-for-20 shooting. Perhaps the highlight of his day, was re-enacting his game-winning “cold blooded” shot from the 2011 Pac-10 Tournament. As part of a fan event, a trio from the stands re-enacted the shot while the audio ran. None were successful. Thomas did a full re-enactment, staying true to life by even waiving off Lorenzo Romar, who was seated courtisde, as he headed up the court.
> Romar was the MVP of the “Legends” game. He scored 11 points, hitting three 3-pointers during the process.
> Darnell Gant was an upset winner of the dunk contest. He beat Terrence Ross in the final round. Justin Holiday and Matthew Bryan-Amaning were the other participants. Nate Robinson did not participate. He’s an unrestricted free agent coming off a very successful playoff run, so his agents weren’t about to encourage him to go crazy in an alumni event.
> Ross did have a tomahawk 360 during the game, among his best dunks of the day.
> Quincy Pondexter left at 5:55 a.m. from Singapore, 7-hour flight to Tokyo and an 8-hour flight here to get here this morning.
> Brandon Roy played and showed a couple vintage moves, though his shot was off. He was just 3-for-12 and said his pro basketball days are done.
> Will Conroy had a quadruple-double: 16 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and 10 turnovers. Most of the night, he was playing like something was on the line.
> Romar said the event exceeded his expectations. He was hoping to get 5,000 people in the stands, and it was a sellout. He didn’t fully commit to doing the even again, though based on how everything went today, it seems likely. The only downside were the lines at the concession stands. They were enormous since most of the concessions were closed.
> Abdul Gaddy has had about six NBA workouts at this point. If he doesn’t get drafted in the June 27 draft, he will play in Summer League with the Charlotte Bobcats.
> Justin Holiday will be back in Summer League, too, as he tries to latch on with another NBA team this coming this season.