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Team USA 2015: Scrimmage
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Team USA Mini-Camp 2015: Day 01
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BGCP3TVinHD mixer at Jordan Hangar
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Chris Paul Serves Dinner for Charity
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Venice Beach League kicks off!
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Clippers return to Staples Center for first time since Donald Sterling ban
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Cassy Athena takes pictures as an official NBA photographer
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Brandon Jennings presented with painting at Clipper Game
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Clippers host Pumpkin Carving contest for game tickets
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John Wall presented with painting

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 01

DDay 01 for the Team USA Mini-Camp kicked off at UNLV in Las Vegas, NV. With it being the year before the olympics, the anticipation of who will show up has been running throughout the headlines! Everyone that was listed on the roster was in attendance, with the exception of LeBron James and Paul George. The workouts were open to the media, so we got to capture a lot of really cool content. Check out the photo gallery below!

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BGCP3TVinHD mixer at Jordan Hangar

SSaturday night was an amazing event put on by Jordan Brand at the new Jordan Hangar. The star studded brought out some really great people in Los Angeles. The 21+ event included a red carpet, open bar, amazing appetizers, a digital photo booth, custom t-shirts, the Clipper “BandWagon” and a shoe cleaning station provided by Jason Markks. It also included the familiar faces of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Glen Davis, Chris Brown, YG, Michael B Jordan and many more! I had a great time, check out some of the pics below!

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Chris Paul Serves Dinner for Charity

LLos Angeles Clipper Chris Paul hosted a diner in Beverly Hills to raise money for his foundation “CP3 Foundation”. The dinner was open to anyone who wanted to donate the big price for the donation – but it was very well worth it! The servers for the night were a celebrity cast that included everyone from Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Chris Paul, Baron Davis, Justin Turner and more. Check out some of the red carpet pictures below!

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Venice Beach League kicks off!

Summer time in Los Angeles is full of basketball everywhere you look. The Drew League, JBL, Say-No Classic, Real Run and more. I’ve been covering some of the JBL and the Drew League so far but I would like to introduce the Venice Beach League pictures now being added! The Venice Beach League, also known as the VBL, takes place at the iconic basketball courts located in the heart of Venice Beach, CA. The games will be every Sunday starting at Noon. The majority of the basketball games in Los Angeles are indoor, but this is true street ball at its finest. Along with the players frequently seen throughout the other LA summer leagues, the VBL has been known to attract some of the coolest guests – from NBA stars to street ball legends. The list includes everyone from Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, Dwayne Wade, The Bone Collector, Sick Wit It, G Smith, Zack Andrews and more! The pictures are courtesy of Emarie Marie! Check out the gallery below

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Clippers return to Staples Center for first time since Donald Sterling ban

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The morning before the game 5 playoff between the Clippers and the Warriors, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that Clipper owner Donald Sterling would be fined 2.5 million dollars for his racist statements, along with a lifetime ban from any NBA related activities. Just hours after this news released, I headed down to staples center to see how the atmosphere was at the game. There were many fans outside protesting against Donald Sterling remaining the owner. Because many of the sponsors had also pulled out from working with the Clippers, there was a very different atmosphere – It was quiet and a bit sad before the game started. Before the players came out, we as fans were urged to stand as one and support these Clippers players who are out here fighting for a championship despite all of the controversy. The Clippers stated, “We Are One”. The fans really got up the energy which fed the players throughout the game. As the players continued to play well, it livened up the entire arena – ultimately resulting in a Win for the Clippers. They will be headed to Golden State to play game 6 of the series. Check out the video below for a recap

 

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Cassy Athena takes pictures as an official NBA photographer

One of my dreams was to be a photographer in the NBA. I was given this opportunity by Fox Sports. I not only was documenting the experience of being at a LA Clippers home game, but Fox was also going to document my experience of shooting my first game. I had the most amazing time! I got to Staples Center a few hours before tip-off to make myself familiar with the venue and everything going on. Sitting on the floor under the basket was a surreal experience. Getting to look out at and see thousands of people was amazing. After my nerves calmed down, I felt right at place and in my element of shooting a basketball game. With the help of my friend DeAndre Jordan, I was able to capture one of the coolest pictures I’ve taken of him, Blake and Ronny on the bench. After the game I talked with DeAndre and Blake about my first time shooting a game and they were very supportive and took pictures to be apart of it as well! I look forward to being apart of more NBA events, it was great!

 

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Brandon Jennings presented with painting at Clipper Game

The Milwuakee Bucks were in town playing the LA Clippers. A few months ago I painted Brandon Jennings a birthday gift – a portrait of him. It was also a fun time at the game – including one of the biggest plays of the season – a lob from Jamal Crawford to Blake Griffin dunk!

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Clippers host Pumpkin Carving contest for game tickets

Around Halloween last year, Fox Sports West hosted a pumpkin carving contest. I don’t have much experience with carving pumpkins, but I gave it a try and ended up carving a portrait of Blake Griffin on a pumpkin – which ended up winning the contest! My tickets arrived and I headed to Staples Center to watch the Houston Rockets take on the LA Clippers. Overall had a great experience!

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John Wall presented with painting

One of my biggest passions is art – everything from digital media to fine arts. I painted a portrait of my friend John Wall from the Washington Wizards. He’s been injured the majority of the season, but luckily 1 week before he came to play in Los Angeles against the Clippers, he returned to the court. When he came to LA, I got to head down to the game and watch him play! Truly a talented basketball player. After the game I gave him the painting and he loved it! Good luck to John!

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