BBack to back to back! As the 3rd annual Athletes vs Cancer game ended, Team Snoop was victorious for the third year in the row over Team Matt. After the event has continued to grow each year, UCLA’s Drake Stadium proved to be a perfect venue to host the game. The celebrities and athletes fueled by the city put on a show for the ages. Both teams were packed with stars, Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe, Swaggy P were front runners for Team Barnes. While Chuck Liddell, John Wall, Baron Davis and Kenneth Faried held it down for team Snoop. It sure didn’t look like the NBA stars had a hard time transitioning their talents, as their athleticism was on full display. Faried looked more like an NFL receiver than a NBA forward! John Wall backed up his claim as the fastest player in the NBA with ease. With other stars such as Wiz Khalifa, Ray J and Lakers #2 draft pick D’Angelo Russell in attendance, it was truly a star studded event – but never lost focus of its core meaning. All the people were there to support Barnes’ non-profit foundation Athletes vs Cancer. Barnes started the foundation in 2008 after losing his mother to cancer. For the last 3 years he has hosted this game, as well as other events, to raise money and awareness. The proceeds from the game will go towards supporting those that continue to fight the battle vs cancer on a daily basis! Be sure to check out pictures below!
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!
AAlthough it may be the “off season” for the NBA, the players are still keeping busy! NBA Star Kevin Durant released his 8th shoe with Nike, the KD 8. He showcased his new shoe in Los Angeles at a basketball tournament that local fans could come apply for. Make sure to keep up with KD To see everything he’s got in store this summer!
FFor anyone looking for interesting, new and exciting sneakers, All Star weekend had a bunch of new surprises and colorways. Aside from the launch of the Kobe X’s and the Curry 1s, you could find the players wearing custom colorways and upcoming releases. Kanye West also released his first shoe with Adidas during all star weekend. Check out the pictures of some of the kicks around All Star weekend!
EEvery year during all star weekend, one of the most exclusive parties to get access to is the Jordan Brand party, hosted by Michael Jordan himself. This year was no different – a line of invite-only guests wrapped around the building, as people waited in below freezing temperatures to get inside. The building, located on Wall Street, was two stories big, as well as 2 different stages for artists to perform. Ariana Grande was the first to come out and perform. A side stage had Prince performing. The upper level was a VIP floor that included just about every celebrity you could think of – Michael Jordan, Beyonce, Jay Z, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Andre Drummond, James Harden, Victor Oladipo, Ludacris, Nelly, Derek Jeter and the list goes on…I snapped some pics to share some of the inside atmosphere. Overall it was a pretty cool event to check out!
TTeam USA has been making their way across the United States before they head to the FIBA World Cup in Spain later this month. Their last stop in the US is New York. On Monday, the team made their way to West Point to visit with some of our troops. An open practice took place for everyone that came out. After the practice, team USA had the West Point Men’s and Women’s basketball players join them in competing in everything from 3-point contests to a very exciting game of knockout! Everyone was all smiles and overall had a good time!
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FFriday night was the first scrimmage for Team USA. The game started off good, as this was the big return game of Derrick Rose. The energy in the building was great – as everyone in the building cheered for every basket. There were no sides, this was just all Americans coming together to represent USA Basketball. The first half was solid, with lots of exciting plays. To end the first half, Damian Lillard hit nearly a full court buzzer beating shot that got the crowd at an all time high for excitement. The third quarter continued with great action and finally the fourth quarter. Paul George went down with a horrible leg injury – the bone broke right in half upon landing after his attempt to block a layup. It was hard to witness but Paul George is one of the strongest players I’ve met – mentally he will come back and be greater than ever. To see the reaction pictures of the players after Paul’s injury, click here.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to a speedy recovery. To see the pictures from the game, click the photo gallery below!
TTonight a horrible freak accident occurred at the Team USA scrimmage. After a week full of good spirits and fun plays, everyone was looking forward to the first Team USA scrimmage of this year. The entire game was going well until the 4th quarter. James Harden was going up for a layup and Paul fouled him. From my angle (I was at the opposite basket) I saw DeMarcus Cousins walk over and start telling us “it’s broken! it’s broken!” he looked extremely upset. Thanks to social media, I quickly saw the picture that had gone viral of Paul’s injury and I immediately was sick to my stomach. It was hard for me to see my friend laying on the ground in pain, along with all the players reactions of clearly being beyond disturbed. I snapped a few pictures of the aftermath. The most important reason for posting this is to ask everyone to please Pray for Paul. He is an amazing person. He is in good spirits right now and will be coming back stronger than ever. Love you Paul!!!
PPaul George hosted his 4th Annual camp here in Los Angeles. To read more about the event and see pictures, click here. Below is a video to recap some of the highlights from the event!
TThis week continues with a variety of sneakers, some of which have never been released. Everything from What the Lebron 11s, Unreleased KD 7s and Kobe 9s, as well as some cool Li-Ning shoes. A lot of celebrities were in the building this weekend for the games, including Zendaya, Trevor Jackson, Brandon Jennings, Dorell Wright, Baron Davis, Casper Ware, Metta World Peace aka Ron Artest, DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Terrence Ross and a lot more, so be sure to check out which kicks they were wearing!