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!
This weekend I am out of town – I will be in San Antonio to shoot Game 2 of the NBA Finals (I’m super excited to be shooting my first NBA finals!) Despite being out of town, I made sure to have coverage of the Week 04 Drew League action that’s going on this weekend! Today included a variety of players, including Marcus Williams, Keion Bell, Stanley Johnson and Baron Davis. Next week the High school and College players will be joining the Drew League action. James Harden and DeMar DeRozan were also in the building to check out some of the games. Stay tuned for more exciting pictures this weekend. Thanks to Spencer Frank for filling in for me at the Drew.
The summer basketball circuit has started up. Pro-Am league, The JBL, is a popular spot for players to get ready for everything coming over the summer. One of the main people that has made a presence in Los Angeles basketball is rapper The Game with his team, MoneyGang. This week he brought Chris Brown to play alongside him. This was un announced and the gym was practically empty, but it was a fun game to watch.