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Drew League Week 08 – Sunday: NBA stars ball out, including Paul George’s 360 windmill dunk!
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Drew League Week 08 – Saturday: Brandon Jennings scores 57 points!
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The Game hosts 4th of July Pool Party
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Drew Gooden hosts 3rd Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament
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BET Experience hosts insane slam dunk contest!!
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Kenneth Faried, Brandon Jennings, Rashad McCants and Stanley Johnson show out at Air West
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Eric Bellinger, Mack Wilds, Cam Cam and more perform at BET Experience
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BET Experience: Sprite Celebrity Basketball Game
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Drew League Week 07 – Saturday
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Miss Diddy presents “A Toast to Young Hollywood”

Drew League Week 08 – Sunday: NBA stars ball out, including Paul George’s 360 windmill dunk!

SSunday’s action at the Drew League continued with even more surprises and action. It started out with No Shnacks taking a much needed win over The Game’s second team, Robinhood Project. In the past years, No Shnacks has had a variety of NBA players, including Darren Collison and Jamaal Franklin. No league players showed up for this game. Jordan Richard for No Shnacks had 6 really big blocks in the game. Keep an eye out for this team to go far this season. The biggest surprise for the crowd was the appearance of NBA All Star Paul George. Paul is no stranger to the Drew League – he was a regular participant two years ago. Paul joined Nick Young’s team, M.H.P. The two of them working together was an amazing combo and a blow out of the other team to say the least! The final score was 91-67. On a fast break, Paul George took the opportunity to do a 360 windmill slam dunk that brought the entire building to their feet applauding. It will be interesting to see how this team does against other teams coming up.

The excitement wasn’t over – The Game’s main team, La Familia, went up against Javale McGee’s #Juglife. Javale wasn’t able to play (nor did he show up) but he had his Denver Nuggets teammate Quincy Miller come join their team. La Familia is on a 4 game losing streak and they needed to pull out the big guns this time – The Game brought out NBA star Metta World Peace aka Ron Artest. Ron’s son also came along to play for the team. This was Quincy Miller’s first appearance in the Drew League and he definitely left that gym with every single person knowing his name. He was hitting acrobatic shots, blocking dunks and putting on a show. Ron Artest didn’t back down and held the lead for La Familia. The game ended in a close score but La Familia took the victory 82-74.

This was a great weekend to not only see NBA stars but for basketball in general. The rest of this summer will only continue to get better! Check out the photo galleries below:

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Drew League Week 08 – Saturday: Brandon Jennings scores 57 points!

TThe week has finally come – NBA players are officially in free agency and are allowed to played in the summer leagues – The anticipation on Saturday to see who would show up was in full effect! NBA legend and Drew League regular, Baron Davis, started off the morning playing with Cheaters. NWA took on Cheaters 2 for an exciting match – including the NWA duo of Jonathan Gibson and Charles Garcia going against Cheaters 2 with big men Ryan Watkins and Kenny Lawson Jr. The came the biggest game of the day – The Clozers vs Sole Clinics. Austin Daye and Brandon Jennings teamed up with Marcus Williams for Clozers, while Derrick Williams and Stanley Johnson teamed up for Sole Clinics. It was a great matchup between the two teams. Brandon Jennings started hitting a lot of really crazy jumpers and it just continued…he was unstoppable. By the end of the game, Brandon finished with nearly 60 points! Also seeing Stanley Johnson go up against NBA guys is truly amazing – he is NBA ready right now! The Clozers took the win 107 – 84. Looking forward to seeing how the rest of the summer goes now with the mixture of NBA talent among the teams! Check out the photo gallery below

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The Game hosts 4th of July Pool Party

44th of July was a busy day! The Game hosted a 4th of July BBQ in the hills of Los Angeles at Cole’s beautiful mansion. Familiar faces included everyone from The Game, Problem, Kid Red, India Love, Matt Alonzo, The Supreme GoGos and more! The amazing food was catered by the one and only Chef E Dubble and his crew: Chef Oso, Chef Joe and Chef Kenny.

Check out the gallery below!

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Drew Gooden hosts 3rd Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament

NNBA Veteran Drew Gooden hosted his 3rd annual celebrity golf tournament to raise money for the Drew Gooden Foundation. Their website describes it as: “The Drew Gooden Foundation is dedicated to empowering those in need, by providing resources to improve their mind, body and spirit, while developing their character to spread along to their family, friends and community, by raising awareness and installing good habits to make the right choices towards achieving their goals in life.”

The tournament was held in Alamo, CA on a beautiful country club golf course. It was clear skies and very hot weather, but overall the event was extremely well organized by Melissa LaCorte – Vendors were set up all around offering different products and services, along with individual golf carts for the participants. Each hole had a different “Station” that included anything from ice cold water and friendly smiles, to fun jello snacks and more! Celebrities included Drew Gooden, Bobby Jackson, Trevor Ariza, Larry Hughes, Al Harrington, Chuck Hayes, Drew Gordon and surprise appearance from the legendary E-40!

It was my first time in the Bay Area and I had to say everyone made me feel welcome and I had an amazing time! I’m already looking forward to next year! Thank you Drew and Melissa for having me! Check out the photo gallery below and the video recap will be coming soon!

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BET Experience hosts insane slam dunk contest!!

SSunday at the BET experience included more basketball action inside the convention center – this time it included some of the best dunkers in the world. Sprite brought out the best dunkers to go face to face in a crazy slam dunk contest. Two of the craziest dunks of the contest included Guy Dupuy aka Frequent Flyer from France dunking over 6 people! To make things even crazier, Haneef Munir aka Young Hollywood made the crowd go wild! I am very familiar with Young Hollywood and his dunks – if you recall, last year the the 5’10″ high flyer dunked over Blake Griffin in a glow-in-the-dark dunk spectacular. This time he brought out a female wearing heels to dunk over. To make it even crazier, he had her stand on a chair! After 2 failed attempts, the people running the show said due to time limitations they had to move on. The crowd was anticipating seeing this dunk go through and with the pressure of the fans, they agreed to let him have another go at it. He came through in an AMAZING dunk! By far one of the best dunks I’ve seen to date.

The contest rules were very unorganized. It had been an elimination process up until this point, leaving just Young Hollywood and Frequent Flyer. Out of no where, they said they want to have a dunk off and have all the guys come back to do another dunk. At the end they crowned Guy Dupuy the winner of the contest. All of the guys are extremely talented and Guy did do some awesome dunks, the best dunk of the night goes to Young Hollywood.

After the dunk contest, the best street ballers from Los Angeles came out to play. It included players from Venice Beach League, Ball Up and more. Make sure to check out the footage and all the pictures!

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Kenneth Faried, Brandon Jennings, Rashad McCants and Stanley Johnson show out at Air West

LLast night I was back at Air West, an exclusive invite-only basketball run located in the heart of Los Angeles. The run included names like Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets), Brandon Jennings (Detroit Pistons), Rashad McCants (NBA) and Stanley Johnson (U of A). Check out the picture gallery to see the action! You never know who will show up to the runs

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Eric Bellinger, Mack Wilds, Cam Cam and more perform at BET Experience

DDowntown LA was full of a variety of different events being put on by BET. Other than the basketball events I was apart of, I made sure to check out a few concerts as well! I got a first look at bay area artist Cam Cam. I had heard about him through social networks and via youtube, but I finally got a chance to see him perform live. He did a great job! His music was really energetic and got the crowd excited. Not only did he perform on the mic, he danced along with his 4 choreographed dancers. He is a newer artist on the rise and after checking him out, he is an overall entertainer. I look forward to seeing what’s next for him. I got a chance to interview him which will be posted soon.

I headed over to the Nissan stage just in time to watch Eric Bellinger perform. Seeing his career as an artist continue to grow has been a really inspiring and exciting thing to be apart of! His live performances are great – not only are all of his songs amazing, but he has 4 amazing dancers to compliment his performance. He also brought out a special guest, Mase. The two of them recently released a new single together, be sure to check it out.

Last but not leased I stayed for the Mack Wilds show. (Him and Eric Bellinger had the coolest shoes I saw that day) I am still new to the music world and this was my first time hearing Mack’s music. He is a really talented singer and he won me over as a new fan! He had the crowd going wild with his smooth lyrics and charming looks. Be sure to check out the picture gallery below!

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BET Experience: Sprite Celebrity Basketball Game

WWith the BET awards being in town, they put on lots of free events for people to come check out. One of the events I went to take pictures at was the Sprite Celebrity Basketball Game inside the LA Convention Center. It had a lot of last minute surprise guests – the players included everyone from Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Floyd Mayweather, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Trevor Jackson, Christian Keyes, Terrell Owens, Tyga, DeSean Jackson, Baron Davis, Josh Smith, Doug Christie, Rajon Rondo, Soulja Boy, Omarion, Terrence J, Kenyon Martin and many more! Guests like Don Benjamin, Bow Wow, Lil Mama and Kid Red came out to watch the game. The halftime performance included Problem and Bad Lucc! The game was actually really close and with seconds left in overtime, Chris Brown passed the ball to Doug Christie for the game winning shot! Chris was awarded the MVP of the game but passed his award to Snoop Dog! It was a fun game, be sure to check out the gallery of pictures below.

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Drew League Week 07 – Saturday

TThis weekend was super busy for me! I was only able to make it to one Drew League game – La Familia vs New Image. This was probably the most crowded 10am ever at the Drew League. Kwame Alexander from La Familia has been making headlines worldwide for his amazing dunks – today included another one. The Game threw up a lob for a big slam by Kwame. Despite the exciting acrobatics, La Familia came up short – losing their 4th game in a row. Next week the NBA players will be allowed to play so it will be interesting to see how the league rankings start changing. Check out the gallery below, as well as the video from Hoopmixtape showcasing Kwame’s dunk!

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Miss Diddy presents “A Toast to Young Hollywood”

BBrand Group CEO and Hollywood Promoter Miss Diddy hosted an event to celebrate Young Hollywood. The event included people in the entertainment, music and sports world that have made an impact. Among those in attendance, 11 people were given awards for their outstanding contributions of helping others. The honorees included Karen Civil, Cortez Bryant, Kyla Pratt, Kenny Burns, Dallas Martin, Ricki Brazil, John Monopoly, Eric Bellinger, Meagan & La’Myia Good, Steve Rifkind and Baron Davis.

The event took place at Riviera 31, located in Beverly Hills. The red carpet was filled with celebrities and media outlets from all over. Inside included music from DJ Bad while outside had a variety of different vendors to entertain. By far the coolest thing I saw was a company called Sub Zero – they created ice cream from scratch right before your eyes. They mixed cream with liquid nitrogen, creating the ice cream within seconds. It was pretty cool!

Other guests included Floyd Mayweather, Kevin McCall, Amber Rose, Quincy Combs, Don Benjamin, Porscha Coleman, Iam Compton, DJ Jae Murphy, Kid Red, DeVon Franklin, Melvin Gregg, Tiffany Cambridge, Brandon Jennings, Tae Heckard and more! Also big thank you to Dominique from CMPR for all her hard working making the night amazing!

Check out the gallery of pictures below:

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