When I first heard that Braylon Edwards was a guest at [Tigers center fielder] Curtis Granderson’s celebrity/charity basketball game, I thought little of it. I mean, we all know that Braylon is philanthropic. We all know that he has strong ties to Detroit, Michigan. And we all know that he’s a pretty athletic guy that most people would pony up to watch play a little five-on-five. However, once I got a chance to look a bit more into the game, I find myself wondering if the Browns were aware that Edwards was suiting up for the event.
One look at the picture to the right, and it is pretty evident that Edwards wasn’t just out there to loft up a few 15-footers. There are several photographs of Edwards attempting a bevy of slam dunks, and there was even an account that one of them was completely botched. No offense to people like ESPN’s Dana Jacobson, but she isn’t exactly the person that I’d pen as an expert at the Mikan drill. Given that, these types of games can get pretty sloppy – would you want your top receiving target out there throwing down slam dunks in transition?
Michigan Live claimed that Edwards was right up there with And 1 Mixtape’s Jamal Nelson when it came to the actual play on the court. Sure, this is a feather in Edwards’ cap, but is this something that makes Browns fans feel better about the situation? And to add a little salt in the “trying too hard” wounds, Edwards actually blocked a shot coming from Dana Jacobson – obviously because she was on the other team, and that’s the point of basketball, right? And it was not just one of those where it just happened to hit Edwards’ hand. He actually swatted the ball past half court, leading to a breakaway bucket for his team. No word on if he yelled anything at her while blocking said shot. Go hard or go home, Dana.
And when the game had to be decided by a slam dunk competition? Who else would represent the “blue” team but Braylon Edwards? Though coming out on the losing end of the “contest,” Edwards did make both of his dunks. You know how a few Wizards fans were a bit upset with Gilbert Arenas dunking at half time of the NBA All-Star game? At least Arenas is a basketball player. All it would take is one bad landing during the game of play or the contest to see who “wins,” and Edwards is back on the table for his second knee surgery in four years.
But fear not, fans. If Edwards were to miss a few games due to playing basketball, he’d still look good. In a post-game interview, Michigan Live came away with the following.
Who is the better dresser in Cleveland, you or Lebron?
That’s not even close.
Who is it?
Why aren’t you on the cover of GQ?
I play football. LeBron is LeBron. That’s not even a smart question.
Captivating. I could get into a whole separate argument regarding why LeBron was on the cover of GQ instead of Edwards, but that would be a very long tangent.
I know that we’re attempting to reconcile with Edwards before the 2009 season starts. With a Browns team that needs all of the help it can get, we need #17 to get back to the level at which he played in 2007. In no way do I knock Edwards for giving back to the community. In fact, I admire his willingness to do so – even when it isn’t his charity. But I just wish that he could find other ways to do such. Perhaps ones that do not endanger his future as a professional football player with the team of my (sometimes obsessive) rooting interest.
Is it wrong of me to place this right below riding a motorcycle? I would really like to know how Eric Mangini/Randy Lerner feel about this one. Or if they even knew…
(Photos courtesy of MLive.com)