Marreese Speights was feeling a little frisky when the Golden State Warriors took on the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night. And the fans at Oracle Arena showed him the kind of appreciation typically reserved for transcendent stars.
MVP chants rained down on the power forward from the rafters.
Yeah, it was weird.
Perhaps it was the freedom afforded by the Dubs' massive lead over the hapless Sixers, or maybe Speights was motivated to stick it to the team that drafted him back in 2008. Whatever the cause, Speights had a career night, piling up 32 points on 12-of-15 shooting.
His performance left many observers speechless. Former player and current NBA TV commentator Brent Barry shouldered the pun gun, though, and the results were strong:
Ace of Speights— Brent Barry (@Barryathree) February 11, 2014
Speights: The Final Frontier— Brent Barry (@Barryathree) February 11, 2014
Head coach Mark Jackson was his typical, reserved self in responding to the chants:
Mark Jackson on Speights: "He deserves this night because he put in the time."— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) February 11, 2014
But Speights was clearly right there with the rest of us, stunned by the surreal outpouring of hyperbolic support:
Mo Speights, smiling, on Oracle showering him with MVP chants: "I was like, 'Wow. They're really doing this right now?"— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) February 11, 2014
It's probably a little unrealistic to think Speights, who came into the contest averaging 5.6 points and 3.5 rebounds on 41 percent shooting, will put together many more performances like this one. But for one night, he got a taste of stardom.
Marreese Speights has that "I get to eat ice cream" smile going after that one.— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) February 11, 2014
Apparently, stardom tastes like ice cream.