AKRON, Ohio -- There are plenty of positives coming out of the NBA lockout ending. Here's another one: it'll reduce LeBron James and Kevin Durant's free time.
Spurred by boredom and quite clearly a longing for competition, Durant and James staged perhaps the lockout's most over-the-top sideshow Wednesday night. It was a flag football game, theoretically. But really it was sort of the super bowl of flag football complete with enough organization, equipment and production to make it an event worth remembering for its logistical complexity as much as the actual contest itself.
There were officials, who naturally announced penalties on a microphone. There were coaches in elevated booths calling down plays via headsets. There was a live internet broadcast complete with a boom camera and a play-by-play crew that attracted more than 70,000 views. There was everything from a chain gang to a play clock. In short, this was no joke.
Foremost, there were no injuries to Durant or James. Less important in the grand scheme but rather important to the participants, Team LeBron beat Team Durant, 70-63, on a touchdown with 30 seconds to play. James clinched the two-and-half hour game a few moments later with his third interception of the night.
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