is, of course, only following the lead of EA’s NBA Street
franchise, which itself is modeled on the “street” ball hyped in the ubiquitous ESPN And1 Tour
. But where both And1
and NBA Street
(to a lesser extent) get both the histrionics and humor of the carnivalesque and fundamentals-abandoning showmanship of street basketball, Ballers
humorlessly goes through the motions, as detached and lifeless as Wilt Chamberlain’s 19,999th lay must have been.