Archive - 2015

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New York’s legendary Dyckman league hosts playoffs
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Elite 24 Practice – Day 01
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Thru The Lens: Zach LaVine workout with Drew Hanlen
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NBA Star Brandon Jennings rents entire movie theater for “Straight Outta Compton”
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JaVale McGee hosts 2nd Annual JugLife Celebrity Game
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Harrison Barnes greets fans in Northridge
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Team USA 2015: Scrimmage
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Team USA Mini-Camp 2015: Day 02 Sneakers
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Team USA Mini-Camp 2015: Day 02
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Team USA Mini-Camp 2015: Sneakers

New York’s legendary Dyckman league hosts playoffs

BBeing apart of the LA Basketball scene for years has opened up the doors to amazing opportunities and experiences. Everything from the Drew League, Real Run, JBL, Ball Up and the list goes on. One thing I haven’t been able to experience while being in New York was their local basketball scene. New York is known as the Mecca of basketball and has some iconic courts around the city. Everything from Dyckman to Rucker to Pro City, you can catch some great games with some amazing talent. I was in town filming the newest member of the Brooklyn Nets, Chris McCullough, for Thru The Lens. After talking with him more about Pro-Am basketball, he suggested I come check out the Dyckman league with him. After I finished working some of the Elite 24 events, I hopped on a train and headed north to the legendary Dyckaman court. I had a great time and everyone showed me so much love. I also ran into a former Long Beach State player that I had shot years ago *Small world*. Stars like French Montana and Juelz Santana were coaching their teams in the league as well! I had a great time and will definitely be back for more!

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Elite 24 Practice – Day 01

IIt’s that time of year again – The Elite 24! Every year it has grown bigger and bigger, this also being the 10 year anniversary! Day 01 started off with a practice at a local gym in New York. The talent this year is amazing, it was a lot of fun seeing the rising stars come out and show off their moves. Elite 24 alumni and recently drafted lottery pick, Emmanuel Mudiay, was also in attendance. Emmanuel recently signed an endorsement deal with Under Armour as well. Be sure to stay tuned for all this action this weekend!

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Thru The Lens: Zach LaVine workout with Drew Hanlen

WWe stopped through to catch an exclusive workout with NBA Trainer, Drew Hanlen, as he trains Minnesota Timberwolves, Zach LaVine!! More videos coming soon! Check out some of the photos below. Video filmed by Cassy Athena, Edited by Jordan Richard.

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NBA Star Brandon Jennings rents entire movie theater for “Straight Outta Compton”

LLast night NBA Star and Compton Native, Brandon Jennings, rented an entire movie theater in Los Angeles for his friends and family. With the recent release of the biopic “Straight Outta Compton”, he wanted to make sure people got a chance to see the city and learn about an important part of history that impacted the world. Brandon is a great guy and always loves to highlight the positive and give back to the community. Thanks again for everything, Brandon! Check out some of the pics below

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JaVale McGee hosts 2nd Annual JugLife Celebrity Game

JJaVale McGee has been busy in the offseason with signing to a new team but he still finds time to raise money and awareness for the less fortunate. JaVale started a movement called #JugLife to bring awareness to drink more water and live a healthier lifestyle. Last year, he threw his first annual celebrity softball game, which raised money towards building water wells in Uganda. This year he hosted his 2nd game at UCLA and it included stars like Klay Thompson, Nick Young, Matt Barnes, Kenneth Faried, Jordan Clarkson, Chanel Iman, Andre Roberson, Hannah Stocking, Laura Govan, Stevie J and more.

Klay Thompson’s younger brother Trayce is a professional baseball player with the White Sox. Just this past week he scored his first homerun. Klay came out and showed that he’s not the only Thompson with baseball skills – he scored multiple homeruns during the game! It was super hot outside but everyone was in good spirits and it was a lot of fun! Check out the gallery below

 

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Harrison Barnes greets fans in Northridge

IIt’s always fun when fans get an opportunity to meet and greet their favorite athletes – today Los Angeles had the pleasure of having NBA Champion Harrison Barnes come through to sign autographs! Adidas set up an area at the Northridge Mall to try out their new sneakers and meet HB. If you’ve never met Harrison, he’s one of the most humble and personable guys around! I had a fun time hanging out and capturing all the interactions! Check out the pics below!

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Team USA 2015: Scrimmage

TThe Team USA Mini-Camp concluded with a Blue vs White scrimmage at the Thomas and Mack center at UNLV. A big concern in the back of everyone’s mind that watched last year was making sure there were no injuries.

The scrimmage included some players who weren’t apart of the two practice days – including Elfrid Payton, Arron Afflalo, and Amir Johnson. The first half was pretty light – the guys were putting on a show, but being careful. The second half turned into some big game highlights – with humungous dunks from Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond, DeMar DeRozan and Victor Oladipo. Blake and Andre had some monster dunks, while DeMar DeRozan did a 360 dunk. Arguably the biggest dunk of the game was Victor Oladipo dunking over Michael Carter-Williams and doing a dance after!

It was a fun game full of energy and smiles. The White team ended up winning 134-128. I had a great time being apart of Team USA for another year! Looking forward to next year! Check out the photos below

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Team USA Mini-Camp 2015: Day 02 Sneakers

WWe posted the sneakers the Team USA players were wearing on Day 01, but day 02 of practice brought out some more faces and more sneakers! LeBron James made his mini-camp debut, of course rocking his signature shoe. Kyrie Irving is still injured and not able to play, but he was rocking a new colorway of his Kyrie 1s. John Wall was also wearing a team USA themed adidas shoe. Dwight Howard had his custom DH12 Adidas sneakers. Klay Thompson had a team USA Li-Ning custom shoe. Check out the pics below!

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Team USA Mini-Camp 2015: Day 02

DDay 02 of Team USA did not disappoint – the practice was cut short to 1 hour, but LeBron James came to be apart of the action. Check out the photo gallery below!

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Team USA Mini-Camp 2015: Sneakers

TThe excitement of seeing which players will be participating in team USA is a big deal – but there is another world that looks for something more than just the players. The sneaker world looks forward to seeing all of the player exclusive shoes that the guys wear. This year did not disappoint, with the first look at the Curry Two, another colorway of the Kyrie 1, Custom versions for John Wall, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony – as well as some other player exclusives you have to check out below!

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