Our very own Gregory Small was awesome enough to attend last week’s NBA All-Star festivities for the California Crusader! Here’s what he had to say…
California Crusader: The 2010 NBA All-Star weekend in Dallas, TX did not disappoint. Billionaire’s Jerry Jones and Mark Cuban collaborated to make it a historic weekend, jam packing 108,713 to the newly built Cowboys Stadium, an NBA record in viewership.
I was fortunate enough to get all access for the entire weekend.
The story was almost over before it began, as Dallas got record snow on Thursday the 11th, canceling many flights to Dallas Fort Worth, mine included. After being re-booked twice, I finally landed in Dallas on Friday just in time to catch the activities.
First was the Celebrity Basketball Game, where I got to see a slimmed down Rick Fox play against another former Laker Robert Hory. NFL player Terrell Owens looked as if he could play power forward in the NBA, displaying some serious basketball skills to go along with his athleticism. Shaquille O’Neal watched with his children. I was able to give him and Pau Gasol a hearty hand shake as they crossed one another on their way to and from their seats.
From the Dallas Convention Center, I headed to American Airlines arena to catch the Rookie/Sophomore game. I watched from the second row, right behind Shannon Brown, Nate Robinson, and Gasol. Pau cheered every good play made by his brother, Marc Gasol, who was representing the Memphis Grizzlies. The ladies- both young and old- couldn’t keep their hands off of Shannon Brown, who was one of the most popular players during the weekend.
The next morning, I went to my favorite event, the NBA All-Star Practice. I have attended this event over the last two years as a fan, but the experience was overwhelming being on the floor with the players.