Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Basketball Never Stops 2017 (Seattle and LA): NBA Roadtrip wishlist

Since the inception of the 30HomeGames project in 2011, I've embarked on biennial trips to watch FIBA tournaments around the globe. It began with EuroBasket '11 in Lithuania followed by FIBA Americas in 2013 (Caracas, Venezuela). Continuing on to FIBA Oceania (Melbourne, AUS + Wellington, NZ) and FIBA Asia (Changsha, China) for 2015. I cleared my August schedule this year for AfroBasket, which would've completed the set.

@30HomeGames taking summer seriously:
Los Angeles & Seattle (Aug 18 - Sep 1)
Originally slated for Congo-Brazzaville, the tournament was handed over to replacement hosts Angola. Due to VISA hurdles and uncertainty about competition dates in Angola, I organized alternative plans. With a premium on summer basketball options and hubs of culture, I've decided on a return American visit to Seattle and Los Angeles. What I've affectionately dubbed the Jamal Crawford AKA The Steve Ballmer tour. I'll be checking out the inaugural Big3 tourney at Key Arena and the recently rebranded Crawsover League. Both in their Playoff stages. I'll also be watching the Drew League in South Central LA. Fingers crossed, I can catch some Pistol Shrimps shenanigans despite them being on their summer hiatus.

☔☀️ Basketball Never Stops!
Both cities have plenty of cultural spots that take my fancy, particularly LA which I anticipate I'll visit multiple times on this 30HomeGames mission. It's the home for a vibrant comedy and theatre scene. I look forward to visiting spots like Jensen Karp's Gallery 1988 and one day catch a Pro Wrestling Guerrilla show. I'll be in California for the much anticipated McGregor VS Mayweather showdown, it'll be a treat watching the fight among American fight fans.

Greetings from Los Angeles
- Drew League (Weekends at King/Drew Magnet High School)
- The Pistol Shrimps (Tuesdays around LA)
- LA Sparks (Aug 22, 27 at Staples Center)
Lucha VaVOOM (Aug 3 at Mayan Theatre)
Championship Wrestling from Hollywood (June 25 at Oceanview Pavilion)
- Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (June 16)
- UCB (FranklinSunset)
- Comedy Store
- NerdMelt LA 
- Largo at the Coronet
- Anthony Jeselnik and Enemies (Aug 30, 9pm at Largo)
- Set List: Stand-Up Without A Net (Aug 26, 8pm at NerdMelt Showroom)

- Gallery 1988 (7308 Melrose Ave)
- Museum of Jurassic Technology (9341 Venice Blvd)
- Levitated Mass at LACMA (5905 Wilshire Blvd)
- And Still Shop (114 South La Brea Ave)
- New Beverly Cinema (7165 Beverly Blvd)
6 places to see magic in Los Angeles (TimeOut)

- Seattle Basketball Pro-Am (Aug 14, 19-21, 27-28 at Royal Brougham Pavilion)
- BIG3 3-on-3 (Aug 20 at Key Arena)
- Seattle Storm (Au 18, 27 at Key Arena)
- The Museum of Jurassic Technology (9341 Venice Blvd)

- Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater (Comedy Nest and other weekly shows)
- The Stranger (Comedy things to do)
- Comedy Underground
- Laughs Comedy Club

- Defy Wrestling

- Paramount Theatre (911 Pine St)
- Seattle Pinball Museum (508 Maynard Ave)
- Atlas Obscura for Seattle

- Summerslam (Aug 20 in Brooklyn)
- Mayweather VS McGregor at T-Mobile Arena (Aug 26 in Las Vegas)
- Australian NBA Tourism: NBA Summer Leagues and other Pro-am Summer events