Recreational hoopsters playing B-level ball, followed by THE WNBA. THEY'RE BETTER THAN YOU ARE.
Three scenarios were shot: an urban playground game, two guys playing on a driveway court and a Wall Street rec league at an indoor gym. The players, discovered through casting agents, weren't coached or given a script "We simply asked for actors who could play ball," says Aaron Taylor, ESPN's advertising director. "Then we put them on the floor and rolled the tape. We weren't trying to make them look bad."
Although the hilariously deadpan ads get their message across, does that message ring true? "The WNBA players are better than 60 percent of the players out here," says Curtis Robinson, 37, a regular at the beach-side courts in Venice, Calif., "but they're not better than me." Says Perry Turner, 43, an insurance adjuster who plays at a YMCA in Post Oak, Texas, "Heck, I'd score 40 points against them on a bad night" But Greg Johnson, a 42-year-old pickup player at Houston's Rice University gym who can actually name some WNBA players, was more grounded. "We'd probably do all right for a half, but after a while it'd take its toll on us. They're in better condition." Teammate Joe Collins is even more blunt: "No question the WNBA can beat us."