Tonight I was invited to check out a celebrity game hosted by Antonio Brown, professional football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers. My good friend Adrian Mack aka Konfusion Hoops was one of the local ballers invited to partake in the event and invited me to come over and check the game out. When I got there, there was a long line of people waiting to get inside and I didn’t want to wait in the cold. I went over to the media entrance to see if I could get in, I was blocked by security. I told them I was Konfusion’s professional photographer so they asked me to talk to the person in charge of the media entrance. They checked the list of people to see who would get a media pass, of course my name wasn’t going to be on there. I told them, “I work for Houston Streetball and I drove 100+ miles to cover this event, my name should be on there, yall not gonna make me drive back for nothing” … after a bit of discussion among themselves they still weren’t sure about letting me in, I pulled out my phone and showed them the Houston Streetball website and all the things on there of other events, it was getting pretty crazy and they had a million of things of other things to do so they gave me the thumbs up.
Once inside I was able to pretty much move freely and it felt pretty cool showing the badge and being cleared by security. I saw another local hooper who was invited, Issac White aka Sir Issac practicing a couple of his signature dunks and getting the crowd excited. Among other notable celebrity guests in the building was Jarule, Kirko Bangz, Boosie, Stevie J, and DJ Khaled. Floyd Mayweather who is in Houston for Superbowl 51 didn’t make it and Tracy McGrady had appeared prior in a pregame mixer but wasn’t seen tonight.
The game started off with Sir Issac facing a bigger player from the opposite team in the jump off which of course he won since he has a ridiculous vertical of 60″ and after getting it back quickly he slammed it down for the first points of the game. Adrian Mack started going off and must of had about 20 points in the first half and the black team were up quiet significantly. Terry Turner who showed up to support his good friend disappeared during the half time break but then appeared dressed up in full uniform for the white team. There was a definite difference with Terry on the lineup as the ball flowed more fluidly and started getting everyone involved and they started climbing back little by little. Kirko Bangz had a couple of good jumpers for the white team but Brandon Armstrong (B-Dot, NBA Impersonator) also had a couple of good three pointers to maintain a gap for the black team. Adrian Mack finished the game with 35 points for the black team. In the end these kind of celebrity games are about having fun and putting on a show for all the spectators out there, I was glad to be a part of it and hopefully I start covering a few more this year. I even managed to grab a picture and autograph with rap legend Snoop Dogg.
I took several pictures of the event and made a gallery for everyone to check them out. Our Houston Streetball league starts in a few weeks and we already have so far 4 teams taking interest and registering which will leave only room for 4 more teams, do not miss out the season opener on February 26th at Settegast Park.
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