2013 Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia, PA was a time to remember for anyone who participated in two events that took place in the city. Not only did it feature the return of Budweiser’s Made In America concert series for music lovers, but for the sports fans it was the place to see the rebirth of the And1 Streetball tournament. The And1 Summer Remix was played at Temple University’s Liacouras Center as And1 celebrated its 20 year anniversary with the tournament which also came with a $100,000 cash prize for the winning team and a $10,000 cash prize for the winner of the Slam Dunk contest.
Hometown favorites DJ Aktive and DJ Diamond Kuts supplied the sounds to match the intensity of the event and the arena. Some of the non sports related highlights included appearances and performances from Hip-Hop veterans Bun B, Joell Ortiz and Juelz Santana along with showcases of the city’s rising talent such as Ryshon Jones and Young Savage along with Camden, NJ native Apollo The Great. And1 also gave back to the kids by presenting a $25,000 check to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and also having several lucky young fans partake in a halftime performance during the Championship game with Harlem Globetrotters Christon Staples (who also participated in the Slam Dunk contest) and Tammy “T-Time” Brawner, who is also only the 10th female Globetrotter in the history of the team.
(Photo from Source Magazine)
The Slam Dunk contest was won by “The Frequent Flyer” Guy Dupuy and this portion of the event pretty much put the NBA Slam Dunk contest to shame. Don’t believe me, watch some of Dupuy’s highlights from the contest below. Words honestly can’t capture the showmanship all these guys put on so I suggest viewing the plethora of dunks found on my Instagram page.
The tournament was won by the team Born Ready, which was assembled by Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson and coached by Carlos Knox, in a nail biting and gritty 74-71 win over the Summer Pro League. Osiris “The Virus” Eldridge was definitely the man on the team and rightfully earned the title of tournament MVP, taking home an additional $5k earning and a watch presented by Rockwell.
Overall I believe the entire event was a success. Everyone involved was extremely courteous and a pleasure to be around from the athletes, celebrity coaches (Stephenson, Shawn Kemp, Michael Bivins, etc), the hilarious announcer Joe Pope and the Temple staff. Even more importantly is that the games themselves were played with an intensity and sense of purpose some may not have originally attributed to the And1 games of the past. Once it boiled down to it the goal of winning the entire tournament along with playing hard and the right way took precedence over the need of seeing trick plays and flash. Playing like this in a blue collar city like Philly it’s definitely a welcomed sight. Hopefully some of the Philadelphia 76ers players who were in attendance took notice and will feel extra inspired this upcoming season.
Salute to the And1 Basketball organization and I wish them continued success in not only in what they bring to the sporting world in terms of excitement but also what they do for the community. And1 gets much more than my support for hosting an amazing event and if the tournament does come to your city, you’ll be absolutely NUTS to miss out of this experience.
Lastly, to see additional photos from the And1 Summer Remix click here. Also watch my interviews below with Shawn Kemp and Lance Stephenson. It was truly an honor to get a few minutes of these guys time and it’s greatly appreciated.
Interview with Shawn Kemp
Interview with Lance Stephenson