Friday, June 25th, 2010 at 3:36 pm  |  13 responses

Links: Big Wednesday

Pressers and parties and soccer, oh my!

by Lang Whitaker | @langwhitaker

First of all, big thanks to Brandon Jennings for sitting in with the SLAM crew all night last night at the NBA Draft. If you didn’t see our liveblog, you can read it here. Brandon’s cooler than a polar bear’s toenails. Brandon and I went at it live for over two-and-a-half hours, by which point we were both just wiped out. And then we walked out of MSG and we jumped in a cab, and immediately ran smack into heavy traffic, so we sat there in the cab for another half hour. Fun.

As I told someone this morning, I feel like I just finished a marathon. If everyone on the televised version of the Draft seemed a little tired, that’s because everyone related to the Draft — players, agents, journalists, whatever — has spent the entire week running around New York City going to press conferences, events, parties and meetings. By the time the actual Draft rolls around, it’s a real relief.

Which isn’t to say it’s not fun. Wednesday, for instance, it was 93 degrees in NYC, and the SLAM staff was not only finishing the new issue of the magazine on deadline by the skin of our teeth, but we also had a Reebok event for John Wall that morning, and then NBA Draft media availability that afternoon, then Steve Nash’s annual Showdown in Chinatown soccer game that evening. We all carried cameras with us, and I put this little video together of our Big Wednesday. This was filmed/shot by me, Tzvi Twersky, Ryne Nelson and Matt Lawyue.

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  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    BTW, the guy who kicks and misses and then hands the ball is Jared Dudley, and the guy on the blue team who volleys the keeper is Giuseppe Rossi.

  • Atrain

    Yungbuck looks like he could play some soccer

  • Atrain

    And I heard he went and lit up Rucker

  • http://www.twitter.com/notebooknick NotebookNick

    This is the type of ish that solidifies my Nate Robinson fandom.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Ha, Yungbuck can’t play soccer at all, actually.

  • Simmy Sosa

    That settles it. Nate Robinson is the most athletic person in the NBA. Basketball, football, now soccer, is there a sport he doesn’t play well?

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    just for the record, im an NatRob fan also. Only reason to not hate the C´s too much this plaoffs.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    Doc Rivers´s also cool, so they got to nice and cool guys going for them and like 12 hatable ones, thats why I took the choice to hate them, while respecting their effort…

  • riggs

    lmao how can anyone hate n8?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Matt Lawyue

    haha ditto to what Ryne said.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Matt Lawyue

    And yes, in case you were wondering, ESPN’s Marc Stein has some soccer skill.

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  • deano

    Nate was doing his thing!!!!