The SF Bay Area Pro-Am is known for attracting all kinds of professional talent, including players from the NBA. On Wednesday, former Warriors champion and current Laker, Juan Toscano-Anderson, continued the tradition.
JTA suited up for the Bay Raiders in their late-season game against the Oakland Believers. The Bay Raiders won, 105-80, pushing their record to 4-3. They’ll next face East Bay in the Pro-Am Playoffs on Aug. 2.
Will Toscano-Anderson compete in the playoffs, too? I’d say it’s about a 60/40 chance that he does. (Just a guess from watching years of Pro-Am hoops.) In the meantime, here’s footage of the Oakland native playing ball at San Francisco’s Kezar Gym, home of the SF Pro-Am. The video comes courtesy of ESPN’s Marc J. Spears.
I really hope Toscano-Anderson shows up to the playoffs. He’d face a three-time Pro-Am MVP in East Bay’s Jovan Harris. JTA, for his part, is a former Pro-AM MVP, too.
But here’s some more info from Spears that adds some doubt regarding Toscano-Anderson’s potential playoff appearance.
Ideally, JTA has already scheduled his ankle taping for just before the Bay Raiders’ game against East Bay.
But we shall see. I won’t be at Kezar to find out first-hand, unfortunately. But I will be there for the second round of the playoffs, which take place on Aug. 4. I’ll also attend Game 2 of the best-of-three championship series, which starts on Aug. 8.
We’ll see if JTA or any other NBA players show up to show out for Bay Area basketball fanatics. Even if he doesn’t, however, this year’s playoffs figure to be one heck of a show, as usual.