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!
EEvery summer the Ball Up tour is a game you don’t want to miss! They travel the country and battle the local players of each city, in search of the next addition to the Ball Up Tour. This year the games kicked off in Long Beach, CA at the Pyramid. The guest NBA Coach for the local team was Toronto Raptor, DeMar DeRozan. The local LA Team put up a good fight, but ultimately the Ball Up squad won. Check out the photos below and be sure to catch them in a city near you!
As the summer approaches and the NBA season comes to an end, the summer pro-am league basketball circuit begins to take off. The Drew League will begin this weekend, May 17. My first year at the Drew League was in 2011 during the NBA lockout. I was the photographer but I also captured never-before-seen video as well. I put together a video showing my perspective of the NBA lockout, including the two biggest games that year – The Drew League vs The Goodman League: “Capitol Punishment” and “The Big Payback”. Every Monday I will be releasing a new episode of Thru The Lens, exclusively on my website!
It’s that time of year again – March Madness! The Honda Center in Anaheim hosts the 2013 Men’s Basketball Big West tournament! The defending champions, Long Beach State, were looking to go all the way this year – especially with NBA prospect, James Ennis. They were eliminated in the Semi-Finals by UC Irvine. Irvine played Pacific in the final game of the tournament, with Pacific getting the final Win. Congrats to Pacific!