Category - Basketball

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D’Angelo Russell talks AF1 at the Nike Vault
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Thru The Lens: (DAY IN THE LIFE) S2; Ep3 – The Journey – Pierre Jackson
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Jordan Brand hosts “Take Flight” Skills Clinics
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Brandon Jennings celebrates birthday weekend in LA
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Power 106 hosts 3rd annual celebrity game at USC
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Thru The Lens: (DAY IN THE LIFE) S2; Ep2 – Draft Day – Delon Wright
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Thru The Lens: (DAY IN THE LIFE) Season 2; Episode 01 – Life of a King – Rudy Gay
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Celebrities come together to “Ball For A Cause” at Staples Center
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Andre Drummond celebrates UFC fighter’s birthday in Hollywood
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Battle of the West: The Drew League vs Seattle Pro Am

D’Angelo Russell talks AF1 at the Nike Vault

LLos Angeles Laker, D’Angelo Russell, stopped by the Nike Vault in downtown LA for an exclusive meeting with fans to talk about Air Force 1’s. Fans got a chance to sign up online to enter the exclusive event and be up close and personal with all of the fun things the Nike Vault has to offer – from customizing t-shirts, Nike ID-ing shoes and more! D’Angelo sat down with DJ Skee to talk more about sneakers, followed by D’Angelo walking around getting to interact with everyone there! Check out the photo gallery below!

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Thru The Lens: (DAY IN THE LIFE) S2; Ep3 – The Journey – Pierre Jackson

IIn episode 3, Cassy Athena meets up with Las Vegas native, Pierre Jackson. After being drafted to the NBA, setting world records in the d-league, traveling overseas and recovering from an achilles tear in the NBA Summer League, he’s come a long way back to the top to showcase his talent at the highest level. We get exclusive access to his prized sneaker collection, meet his precious daughter and talk about some of his most personal basketball moments.

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Jordan Brand hosts “Take Flight” Skills Clinics

HHundreds of thousands of kids in America have an interest in playing sports and many of them have dreams of making it to the next level. Whether that means getting a scholarship, playing professionally or teaching others, every successful player needs to start with a solid foundation that includes consistant and hard work. Jordan Brand has started clinics to teach this young generation these fundamentals, as well as getting to test out their high quality clothes and shoes. Last night was the launch of the “Take Flight Valley” skills clinic. The kids got to test out the new Cp3 9 shoe, as well as training with top coaches. Check out the photos below!

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Brandon Jennings celebrates birthday weekend in LA

OOne thing you learn from being around NBA player Brandon Jennings is how much he loves spending time with his close friends and family when he’s not playing basketball. He celebrated his 26th birthday and flew back to Los Angeles to bring his closest friends and family out to celebrate. He took everyone to one of the most famous sushi restaurants, Nobu in Malibu. It was a beautiful view of the ocean and the food was amazing! The rest of the weekend was spent with good vibes and good people! Brandon loves the 90’s and he made sure to bring out the Polaroid camera! (I made sure to try it out!) Check out the pics below!

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Power 106 hosts 3rd annual celebrity game at USC

PPower 106 hosted their annual Celebrity Basketball Game to benefit Homeboy Industries. The star studded event took place for the second year in a row at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles. Familiar faces included everyone from Chris Brown and his daughter Royalty, Tyga, Romeo, Kid Ink, Jeremih, Airdogg, DJ Eman, The Professor, Bone Collector, Travis Barker, Baby Bash, Nelly, Don Benjamin, Kalin and Myles, Zendaya, Rita Ora, Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell, Chanel Iman, Kendal Jenner and more!

Halftime included performances by everyone from Bobby Brackins & Zendaya to the Jabbawockeez

The game came down just a few points when Don Benjamin had a big block and a layup to secure their lead and ultimately get the win! It was a fun game for a great cause. Check out all of the pictures below!

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Thru The Lens: (DAY IN THE LIFE) S2; Ep2 – Draft Day – Delon Wright

CCassy Athena follows NBA 2015 Draft Prospect Delon Wright on his draft day. Delon graduated from the University of Utah and was projected to go in the first round. Instead of heading to New York to be present at the draft, his brother (NBA Player Dorell Wright) and agent set up a big party for him with friends and family in his hometown of Los Angeles. Check out his special day as he enters the NBA! *Check out the photo gallery below too!*

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Thru The Lens: (DAY IN THE LIFE) Season 2; Episode 01 – Life of a King – Rudy Gay

S Season 2 of Thru The Lens kicks off with access to an NBA Star like never seen before. Cassy Athena followed Rudy Gay for two days to get to know the Sacramento King better in the offseason. This is the first time Rudy has ever shared access to someone following him! One of the greatest and funniest people to be around, follow Rudy as he hosts his camp, shows off some of his shoe collection and proves his baseball skills! *Check out the photo gallery below too!*

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Celebrities come together to “Ball For A Cause” at Staples Center

AAces in Action and the Venice Beach League came together to present a celebrity game at Staples Center for a charity game. The”Ball For A Cause” game took place immediately following the LA Sparks game on Sunday afternoon.

The game included a roster of celebrities, including Terrell Owens, Romeo Miller, Lil Fizz, Cameron Boyce and more. Streetball legends like Bone Collector, The Professor, Pat The Roc and Sik Wit It were representing as well. A lot of talented designers, actors, music artists, athletes and more came together for a day of fun and raising money. Check out the photos below!

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Andre Drummond celebrates UFC fighter’s birthday in Hollywood

FFriday night was a busy night for Hollywood – particularly at club Playhouse. NBA Star John Wall celebrated his birthday, as well as a live performance from Lil Wayne. The club brought in basketball stars and celebrities from all over the country.

This past week, the Detroit Pistons were in Las Vegas doing team bonding. One of their activities was training with UFC fighters (check out some of the Instagram videos below)

One of the UFC fighters, Kevin Lee (who is also from Detroit) just turned 23 and Andre Drummond brought him out to Hollywood to celebrate on Friday night. It was a lot of fun and there were so many people! Check out some of the pictures below!

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Battle of the West: The Drew League vs Seattle Pro Am

EElectrifying. Two of the most prominent NBA summer leagues face off against each other in a heated battle for bragging rights of the West. This was the first time two pro-ams got together since the NBA lockout in 2011. On August 28th, the Drew League cast of all stars featuring Baron Davis, Stanley Johnson, Trevor Ariza, Bobby Brown, Dorell Wright, Pooh Jeter, Malcolm Thomas, Dijon Thompson and Kwame Alexander made the trip to Seattle Pacific University to face off against the Seattle Pro Am, with guys like Isaiah Thomas, Jamal Crawford, Zach LaVine and Nate Robinson. Hours before tip off, the line was wrapped around the block and down the street.

The warm ups started off big, watching guys like Zach LaVine, Kwame Alexander and Stanley Johnson throwing down big dunks. However, once the game started, Jamal Crawford’s handles were on full display; while Bobby Brown’s hesitation moves seemed un guard-able. Players pulled all types of tricks out of their bag, like Nate Robinson going baseline through a defenders leg for an awkward backwards layup, or when  5’9″ Isaiah Thomas rejected 6’8 Trevor Ariza’s dunk attempt. The Drew League wasn’t short of their action shots – with Stanley Johnson and Malcolm Thomas doing monster dunks over players, or Baron Davis deciding to step down from coaching and join the game! There were some close calls and some questionable plays, but ultimately Seattle walked away with the win 135-124.

Next summer the Seattle team will be coming to Los Angeles to play the Drew League! Looking forward to it. Check out the photo gallery below!

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