Anthony Kim’s got game. It’s just too bad Magic Johnson didn’t recognize it.
Kim came off the bench Friday night for the West team in the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game in Dallas.
The West team, which was coached by NBA Hall of Famer Johnson and included owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban, Harlem Globetrotters Special K and Scooter, musician/actor Common, former NBA players Chris Mullin and Robert Horry, WNBA player Becky Hammon, actor Michael Rapaport and host of BET’s “106 and Park” Terrence J, topped the East team 41-37 in a game that seemed to feature more turnovers than field goals.
Kim sat the entire first quarter, then played about four minutes in the second quarter, recording two steals and chucking up a three-pointer from the top of the key that bounced off the back rim. Kim reappeared at the start of the fourth quarter and immediately assisted on his team’s first two baskets, the first on a nice pick and roll with Rapaport.
Kim, who was guarded by actor Chris Tucker of the East team, nearly scored midway through the fourth when he picked up a loose ball, drove towards the basket, faked a pass and had his layup attempt roll off the rim.
Kim showed good ball-handling skills and enough court knowledge to fit in alongside the former NBA players and Globetrotters, which was why it was disappointing to see him replaced by the athletically-challenged Cuban with 2:57 remaining in the game.
Hey, Magic . . . how ’bout giving some love to a kid who grew up in Los Angeles watching you win five NBA Championships with the Lakers?
This wasn’t the first time this month Kim has appeared in among celebrities off the golf course. On Feb. 1, Kim was a guest on “The Jay Leno Show” and competed in a putting contest with actress Jessica Alba.
Kim, who will play at the Accenture Match Play Championship next week in Arizona, has made just one PGA Tour start in 2010, tying for 52nd at the Northern Trust Open last weekend at Riviera.