By Rahman Dukes
The 2009-10 NBA All-Star Weekend was another one for the record books. At the various NBA-related functions, loads of young folks came out for the nightly parties that were hosted from everyone from Drake to TNT commentator and former player Kenny “The Jet” Smith. In just two days, we found ourselves in the company of LeBron James, Diddy, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and the king of rap, Jay-Z. Not bad, eh?
I’m not a plane guy, so our horrific travel getting into Dallas will damn near forbid me from ever getting on a runway again. But it was all worth it.
I got a clear direction from our boss prior to our trip outta town: Deliver!
We attended the annual “Two Kings” dinner, where my crew pretty much owned the red carpet. It was amazing to see Jerry Jones’ reaction to our knowledge of sports. Even New Edition’s Mike Bivins, who was commentating for NBA TV, had nothing on my colleague Shaheem Reid.
Jay-Z came right in and acknowledged us. “I gotta talk to this boy right here, look at his Scooby Doos” Jay said in regards to Sha’s stellar suit. “What up, boy?” Hov said to me with a nod. I couldn’t keep a smile off my face that evening, which included a wave from NBA great Earvin “Magic” Johnson (with Cookie in tow) and a nice talk with New Jersey Nets General Manager Rod Thorn (who was probably in town to convince some of NBA brass to salvage his career in Jersey, where they own a wonderful 4-47 record this year). Later that night, we ran into Ray J at the Play N Skillz party where the fun continued.
On Sunday, we had the opportunity to watch the NBA All-Star Game at what is potentially the dopest stadium in the world: Jerry Jones’ new toy, Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. I didn’t know what was better to watch: The biggest Jumbotron in the world (it’s a staggering 11,520 square feet) or the All-Stars themselves.
That evening we wrapped up our All-Star experience with Texas rap legend Bun B. Bun’s a good friend who came out to party with Play N Skillz who had other guests at their affair including Amber Rose. Before the end of the night Bun handed me a bottle of Rosé and said “That’s how you do it in Texas.” For sho, big homey. I couldn’t agree more.
Shouts out to to the NBA, the city of Dallas and Jerry Jones for an amazing All-Star Weekend. I think my boss will be pleased with what we got.
Photo: Cynithia Allen