What up Yall!
Ive been attending All Star Weekends ever since Spud Webb won the dunk
contest. I think Ive been to about four or five different All Star games, but
Im on the other side of the fence now.
Instead of participating and being a part of the event, Im interviewing
people and Im down with TNT Overtime,
so its a whole different thing. I upgraded baby! Haha!
I got into New Orleans on Thursday, got off the plane and went right to work
shooting 30-second promos for TNT on Bourbon Street. That night, I had the
pleasure of going to Alonzo Mournings Magic 8-ball Challenge.
The thing that
made that special was my partner was David Levy, President of Turner Sports. I
was actually partnered up with the boss of all bosses. We were playing a two-man, eight ball tournament against Chris Paul of the
New Orleans Hornets and Michael Jordan – that was our first game in the
tournament. When MJ walked in the room, he shut it down! He came in, chocolate
city was in the building. He came over with the cigar and just lit up the place
like a rock star and it was on and poppin. Everyone from different pool
tables just verged over to where we were. The first round game had the
atmosphere of the championship.
And Mike, you know he talks trash all day. Oh, he was feeling good. Poison
went on, he thought he was going to win the game, he was trying to clown. I let
him get his groove on, I like it when he could dance to my hits. It was my
night, he just couldnt feel it – my music, my game with my partner the boss.
He didnt know he was the opening act. It was good though – we did a jedi mind
trick on him, and we beat them!
On Friday, I did some volunteer work over at Laurel Elementary School
along with Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, Ray Allen and David
Stern. We were painting, buildin chairs. I had the pleasure of getting Dwyane
Wade over there and having good conversation with him for TNT Overtime. Dwayne is like how he plays smooth. So
that was the hot feature Friday, just going over there, getting down with
everybody and giving back to the kids. That night was the party of all parties
given by Kenny Smith
All Star Saturday Night was also a lot of fun. At that particular time, I
was doing Overtime on the live camera
Running the Point on the sideline, interviewing guys like Chauncey Billups
and Terrell Owens.
The players lit it up for the 3-Point shoot-out – the
skills were on showcase for real. Dwight Howard in the dunk contest was unbelievable. He is the new Shaquille
ONeal in personality. Hes got that youthful, fun, laid back when necessary,
energetic when necessary. Hes just got that thing about him!
Sunday was time for the main event – the All-Star game. I hit the red carpet
for TNT, interviewing celebs like Deion Sanders, Jet Li, Jimmy Jam, David
Robinson and Gabrielle Union to name a few.
Inside it was crazy; I was on the live camera again with the best seat
in the house. The players took it to another level showing the world why their
best, great game with the East All-Stars pulling it out 134-128.