All-Star Weekend LA

As we all know, all-star weekend took place in Los Angeles, CA this past weekend.  This is the biggest event for the NBA organization and I was elated to participate in some of the festivities.  My first all-star experience happened to be in New York and I thought to myself, now what’s going to be able to top when I met Paul George.  There were a number of events going on that weekend so you had to make yourself an itinerary and stick with it; discipline is key people.  Trust me on this 😊

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To kick off the all-star weekend, I went to see Black Panther.  Although this has nothing to do with the actual all-star event whatsoever, the fact that it was released during this weekend meant I had to go and see this.  I mean, I think everyone put this on their agenda for opening weekend.  Now back to the NBA.  I had the pleasure of meeting both Andre Drummond and Lou Will at the Kia Loft space.  Their setup was cool as you could take on a match of NBA 2K, try to beat the escape room within the 10 minutes allotted or post to your social using their hashtag and get an instant Polaroid printout of that picture.  Pretty cool stuff, right?  I also was able to check out the American Express event  in partnership with Shaquille O’Neal.  It was cool to see the converted bank safe that stored a few of the Lakers prized possessions including and autographed Shaq’s jersey, a replica of the championship trophy and the king’s chair with the crown made perfect photo ops. Not to forget the infamous slam dunk gif that I had way too much fun with.

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Of course, there were events like the rookie game, the dunk contest and celebrity basketball match-ups.  I was able to catch the celebrity game at the convention center which was cool to see people with other talents showcasing their basketball skills or lack thereof lol.  Overall still something cool to catch to be a part of the festivities.  In addition to that, I was also able to stop by an event sponsored by Spalding that showcased customized basketballs and featured Demar Derozan and my favorite, Damian Lillard aka Dame Dolla, in a 2K match.

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As if the sporting events weren’t enough, there were also a ton of exclusive releases happening as well.  From the Dame 4 Bapes that dropped at the Adidas 747 St Warehouse, to Russell Westbrook’s pop-up featuring his new fashion collection ‘Inner City’, to the Kobe Protos made available at Nike’s own ‘Makers of the Game’ and even a pop-up from the NYC-flagship store, Kith; soon to have a home in LA as well.  If you’re a fan of the NBA, all-star is definitely something you would want to experience at least just once.  Checkout some of the shots I was able to capture during this LA All-Star weekend.

 

 

A look inside BR99

 

IMG_0557Pop-up stores are definitely making a good stint this year in NYC. Bleacher Report teamed up with the owner of Kith, Ronnie Fieg, and hosted one of their own here in Soho called BR99.  There was tons of merchandise from tees, shorts, towels, hats, hoodies, etc.  Some items were branded with 99 for this specialty pop-up and other things simply kept the KITH name or enlarged K.  Since Bleacher Report is sports based, there were a lot of other activities one could partake in at this pop-up, particularly in the lounge located upstairs.  Being a big fan of air hockey, I was definitely excited when I saw this and decided to play a few games.  You could also play NBA 2K or even create a meme using popular viral videos that we’ve seen so far this year.

The pop-up wouldn’t be complete without Kith Treats.  The Kith store in Brooklyn, NY offers Kith Treats which includes their ice cream cereal swirl and a good handful of cereal and candy toppings; perfect for a hot summer day right?  This pop-up offered 2 specialties. One created by none other than the #1 NBA draft pick, Ben Simmons, which included captain crunch, cookie dough and Twix for the toppings.  The other one was created by the Bleacher Report team and included fruity pebbles, captain crunch berries and blue marshmallows for toppings.  Sugar rush indeed!

This was definitely a great pop-up to say the least.  Its open until 6/30 so if you are in the area, stop by and check it out. More pics below.

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AirMax Con

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Nike hosted AirMax Con during 3/24-3/26 in which they showcased all Air Max and their influence on the sneaker culture and footwear industry over the years.  This was a pretty epic event, especially if you are into sneakers. They were a number of reputable people there including Mr. Flawless, a custom jewelry designer and Matt Senna, who’s craft includes casting and bronzing sneakers.  Kith made a statement by offering Kith Treats creatively named to correlate with the Air Max theme.  If you wanted to get a nice touch up on your sneakers, Jason Markk had a team there to get your shoes back spotless using their custom cleaning solution which can pretty much remove any scuffs or dirt from your shoes.  Trust me;  I saw this firsthand. Of course you could buy sneakers or make a custom pair to add your own flair to  a new set of kicks. I happen to like the Air Max 95′ and the Air Max Thea myself.  Check out some of the things I was able to see at the event below.

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