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Elite 24 All-Star Game – Day 03
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“Ball Up” Street Ball takes over downtown LA
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Venice Beach League kicks off!

Elite 24 All-Star Game – Day 03

TToday marks the 10 year anniversary of the Elite 24 games. The first game took place at Rucker Park in New York as a grass roots program sponsored by Boost Mobile. Over the years it picked up sponsorship by Under Armour and made its way to Venice Beach, CA. In 2013 the games moved to the Brooklyn Bridge Park. This years all star game was a good one and almost went into overtime! At halftime the people who created and built the Elite 24 from the ground up were honored with awards. Brandon Jennings was also included, as he won MVP the first year of the Elite 24, and was also the first basketball player signed to Under Armour. Some of the guests in the crowd included Elite 24 alumni Will Barton (Nuggets), Brandon Jennings (Pistons), Emmanuel Mudiay (Nuggets) and Chris McCullough (Nets). The MVP’s wereJoshua Jackson (2016), Billy Preston (2017), Bam Adebayo (2016),  and Frank Jackson (2016). Check out the photo gallery below!

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“Ball Up” Street Ball takes over downtown LA

SStreet Ball legends took over the Nokia Live in downtown Los Angeles for an acrobatic display of basketball. Ball Up, formerly known as And-1, is a team of the top street ball players in the country. They travel the world playing against local talent from each city. At the end of each game, one player is chosen from each city to come compete at the final game in Las Vegas at the end of the summer. From there, one player will be chosen to join the Ball Up team and travel the world with them.  They are not only amazing basketball players but awesome people as well! I have worked with Ball Up and many of the players for years and they are really great to be around. The atmosphere at the games is very playful and fun. Many of the NBA rules do not apply, leaving for the creative minds of these ball players to take over – From insane ball handling skills to hanging off the rim after a monster slam dunk.

The opposing team in LA included a lot of local guys who can be seen balling at the Drew League, Venice Beach League and Air West. The celebrity guest coaches of the team were James Harden (Houston Rockets) and Gilbert Arenas (NBA Allstar). The halftime performance included a show from the group LMFAO. Many stars were seen sitting courtside enjoying the game as well!

Ball Up is currently touring the country right now and will be concluding the summer in Las Vegas! Be sure to check out a game when they come to your town. Check out the photo gallery 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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