Yesterday was a whirlwind NBA bucket list day. I did so much in one day that I don’t really know where to begin. I have enough video footage and photos to post for a month. I’d like to share the best, most overwhelming moments with you but how do you condense 1440 dream-like minutes into one post? I guess there were a few particular moments before the game that made me say, “I couldn’t even dream of this.” Let’s begin there.
I walked into the exclusive in-arena game hospitality suite before NBA All-Star 2013 in Houston, Texas and I stepped into another life. There were hostesses, bar tenders, greeters, and event organizers ready to wait on our beck and call. There was food and drinks and treats in almost every corner of the room and even the lights created a “red carpet”, exclusive setting. I could have quite possibility been the most excited person in the entire building.
The bar tender, Michael, was good at his job. I watched and listened to him as he made conversation with each guest. When I approached him for a drink myself, I asked for something “girly” and rather than laughing at my ignorance, he said, “I know just the drink.”
I took a few sips and started to feel more relaxed. This was my NBA bucket list dream and I realized that many others probably felt the exact same way. While some fans were there because they are rich and can afford the luxury of waiting in the hospitality suite all the time, others, like me, were living out a dream. This was our moment and I wanted to take it all in.
With my drink and some food, I walked into another part of the suite to find a seat. Then… I had my “Oh My God” moment. Casually sitting there signing autographs was Chandler Parsons of the Houston Rockets and Darryl Dawkins of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Friendly, cute, and a great player, Chandler Parsons is a slam dunk. I almost expected him to be dismissive, annoyed with the idea that he had to sign more autographs and waste his time, but he was personable and easy-going. I took video and photos and he signed a picture of himself. He talked to me and took a few minutes to make sure I had a memorable moment. He was a true star.
Darryl Dawkins, AKA Chocolate Thunder, is an entertainer, a player on and off the court. “Chocolate Thunder” is one of those men that are flirty in a harmless way. His massive size is a lot less intimidating when dressed in a salmon-colored suit and his smile is contagious. He autographed a photo for me and an additional one that I could take home for Darren. His quick-wit was a welcomed addition to the evening and I was grateful for the introduction.
As I sat down to enjoy my drink and southern fried chicken, I realized that I was surrounded be people from all walks of life. There were NBA players, sports fans, organizers, and servers. We all had one thing in common, though; we were about to experience NBA All-Star 2013! I had bucket list dreams of the NBA but I couldn’t even dream of this!
QuintEvents is an Official Hospitality Provider for the NBA All-Star Game and the NBA Draft. Official Ticket Packages are available through the NBA Events Program. NBA-Events.com is the website for Official Ticket Packages.