To open up the weekend of All-Star events, the Staples Center played host to the Rookie vs. Sophomore game. Joe (Buys) and I received last minute notice that we had tickets for the game made available to us. However, he was on set all day filming for NCSI-LA, so we didn't get there in time for the tip-off. In fact, we didn't even get there in time for the last buzzer to sound. Long story short, LA traffic is the absolute worst thing in the world. Our adventure trying to get to the game is hilariously epic and unforgettable, but for all of the wrong reasons. Sorry, but this one will probably remain an inside joke for awhile. I wish I could tell, but some parts are rather too embarrassing for public knowledge. Either way, it was still a great atmosphere to be around.
Afterwards, we made a stop in to the Nike Vault, which is a specialty shop attached to the Staples Center. They always have the newest and most limited Nike basketball products in-store and host a variety of player events on a regular basis. Tonight was no different.
These are the 3-D Kobe shoes that have an extra dimension added to the design when you put on the special glasses. Don't try to play in the glasses though, they may have negative effects on your hoop game.
This video game was awesome. You could shoot free throws as if you were Kobe.
Friday night after all of the opening All-Star festivities, NIKE Sportswear hosted a party in Hollywood inside this giant dome-like structure. It was an invite-only party, but luckily I had a couple really good friends that know all of the right people to get us in. Otherwise, I'd never have been able to get in. Already this weekend, I've noticed that everything NIKE does, they do it well - from their products to their marketing and down to the little details of their events. This particular event was a classic in my eyes and located right in the middle of Hollywood.
These two are the ones that I owe my entire trip to! THANK YOU for being the COOLEST people, ever! This is what friends look like that will do whatever they can to help dreams come true.
Here's a quick clip I put together featuring some of the night's highlights:
Here's a little video that NIKE put together of the event: