Saturday of All-Star weekend is normally the most hyped, especially with this year's dunk contest featuring Blake Griffin. During the morning and early afternoon, NIKE put on an incredible tournament. Instead of 5-on-5 games, or even 3-on-3 games, NIKE rewrote the rules and created a 2-on-2 invitation-only tournament in the underground tunnels of Los Angeles. For being such a giant corporation, I applaude NIKE for their creativity and willingness to try new things.
Blake Griffin made an appearance to answer some questions and sign autographs for the kids:
I've never seen such good players compete so darn hard. There were no jokes or friendly smiles on these courts. I felt as if I was watching watching a game from the movie BASEketball combined with a football or rugby match. I would have been killed if I played.
LeBron also made an appearance for a Q&A for the young ones:
Man, this LA traffic is nothing to joke about! Grand Rapids has never looked so good...