The 2016 Nike Basketball 3ON3 Tournament is being held in the center of L.A. LIVE, August 5th-7th. This event is one of the most popular with the fans year after year. And for good reason; the raw talent and cross-overs electrify the crowd. The atmosphere is best summed up by Los Angeles resident Hector Gutierrez, “ their skill level surprised me, it’s one big block party,” he said.
Nike3ON3 boasts three fun filled days of basketball, entertainment, food, giveaways and more. The tournament is in its seventh year, L.A. LIVE will turn the streets of Downtown Los Angeles into a Street Ball oasis that rival the legendary courts of Harlem in New York City.
This year’s tournament will kick off on Friday August 5th with the ESPNLA 710 All-Star Celebrity Game. Proceeds benefit the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund at The V Foundation. Watch Hollywood All-Stars battle against your favorite ESPNLA radio personalities.
Dodgers Send Puig To The Minors
The dramatic rise and fall of Yasiel Puig continues as the Los Angeles Dodgers sent the struggling outfielder to the minors on Tuesday. This is the latest turn in his ongoing saga.
In 2013 the phenom burst on the scene, after an heroic journey from Cuba to the United States on a lifeboat. He set the city and MLB on fire immediately with 35 home runs, a .305 batting average while driving in 111 runs. In 2014, he was selected to the All-Star team.
He has earned the nickname, “Little League Puig,” by making silly base running gaffes, continually being undisciplined at the plate- golfing at pitches way outside the strike zone. Rampant reports of screaming profanities at teammates, and a hostile relationship with then manager Don Matingly, made him an enemy in his own clubhouse.
The biggest setback in his brief career has been his lingering injuries, such as a pulled hamstring, which has kept him off the field far too long in the eyes of fans and management. As a result, his productivity along with his power has dipped significantly. He is hitting an anemic .260,with only 7 homers in 81 games this season.
The Dodgers acquired outfielder Josh Reddick from the Oakland A’s on Monday to replace Puig in right field. The Boys in Blue are in the thick of a pennant race and Reddick might be the final piece to a stellar outfield. Although its difficult to imagine a scenario where Puig could return to the Dodgers, this demotion may be a blessing in disguise. With three years remaining on his contract, its now up to the 25 year old to reach his potential and salvage his career.
Gender Controversy in Charlotte
In a stunning move NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced last week the league will re-locate the 2017 NBA All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, due to the state’s highly controversial House Bill 2. HB2 states people must use the restrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate.
The law limits anti-discrimination protections for LGBT citizens of the Tar Heel state. The NBA released a statement defending the All-Star move.
“We do not believe that we can successfully hold our All-Star festivities in the climate created by HB2.”
A Professional league taking such a stand is unprecedented. This may happen in the music or entertainment industries, but for an entire league, which is still conservative for the most part, the decision is both surprising and courageous.
Needless to say, not everyone agrees on the decision. North Carolina Governor, Pat McCrory believes it is wrong for a league to punish their fans for a policy not voted into law by the citizens.
“American families should be on notice that the selective corporate elite are imposing their political will on communities, bypassing the democratic and legal process,” said McCrory. It is also worth noting that the Chairman and part-owner of the Charlotte Hornets is the greatest NBA player of all time, Michael Jordan. The fact that the NBA is denying MJ the opportunity to host the game has upset millions of fans, and is a slap in the face to the icon.
In better news, Los Angeles will host the 2018 NBA All-Star Game.