A quick heads up for all of our New York readers. The NBA and Kia Motors are ringing in the new season in style, putting on a tipoff extravaganza in NYC’s Union Square tomorrow, Tuesday Oct 28th from 7am to 7pm.
It should be a lot of fun, and the price is right – free.
They’re going all out, bringing in a host of former Knicks greats and a few member of the current squad. Some big names for all you old-school Knicks heads will be around, including Spike Lee, John Starks, Charles Smith and Clyde Frazier.
They’re actually building a full-size basketball court on an elevated platform (taking 12 hours to put together), an 8’ x 10′ video wall and a live broadcast of ESPN 1050 Radio with Michael Kay.
For those of us who walk by Union Square every day, that’s pretty hard to imagine, so it’ll be interesting to see how they fit it all in there. You can also check out more hoopla on their NBA Tip-Off YouTube channel.
Players and celebrities will be there signing autographs and participating in basketball challenges. Attendees will get a chance to play on the basketball court, win prizes and meet their favorite players.
And best of all, your favorite NBA bloggers here at ETB will be in attendance – just try and pick us out of the crowd.
Times of Appearances:
7 – 11 am:
Spike Lee, Kareem Abdul Jabaar and Scottie Pippen
12 – 3 (TBA) pm:
John Starks, Charles Smith, Cal Ramsey, Kym Hampton
Kenny Walker, Clyde Frazier, Knicks City Dancers
4 – 6 pm:
David Lee, Nate Robinson, Malik Rose, Danilo Gallinari
Maddie the Mascot (in Knicks jersey)
**UPDATE** A few photos from the event, including a few featuring your friends at ETB, after the jump. It’s worth noting that I technically sunk the first free throw of the 2008-09 NBA season; I’ll let Andrew tell you how he fared at the line…
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