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The Magic Continues: Baron Davis and Paul Pierce's LA Stars Celebrity and NBA Basketball Games

LAist - Los Angeles, CA, USA - On a mid-summer night every year for two decades, some of the biggest names in basketball and Hollywood were summoned to the hardwood by Magic Johnson and a good cause. Last year, Magic stepped down and handed over the torch to Baron Davis and Paul Pierce, two NBA All-Stars and native Angelenos.

Sunday night at USC's Galen Center, the Davis/Pierce administration carried on the tradition of sloppy yet utterly entertaining basketball for charity for the Second Annual LA Stars Weekend.

The night kicked off with the celebrity basketball game which included the likes of Scrubs' Donald Faison, boxer, Sugar Shane Mosely, Superman Brandon Routh, and of course Snoop Dogg.

As you'll see in the WireImage photos, Sunday night also marked the return of the defunct synthetic NBA basketball or what the guys at YaySports! coined "Orange Roundie".

While the NBA may not have liked this ball, actor Corey Hardrict didn't mind it at all. He carried the blue team, coached by B-Davis, to victory with 40 points. Yes, 40 points in a celebrity game. During a break in the action he told Best Damn Sports Show's Chris Rose, who emceed the event alongside ESPN Radio's John Ireland, "I ball for real so it's not really fair."

It is fair, however, to say that every celebrity basketball game has the one guy who takes the game a little too seriously. On Sunday night, that guy was Flex Alexander.

Flex was calling for the ball relentlessly with the traditional hand clap, which was then followed up with a conversation with the teammate who didn't pass him the ball to let them know that he was open. Flex would eventually get the ball, and would lose it out of bounds on a fast break layup with not one person near him. This, of course, lead him to look at his hands and wonder how the ball slipped out of them and into the second row.

Superman is strong enough to move planets, faster than the speed of sound, but can't make an easy layup.

The blue team's lone girl Alison Sweeney of "All My Children", was playing a lot like Charles Oakley, if Oak (who as of last week reportedly wants to return to the NBA) were a blond female that is, diving for loose balls all over the floor.

Fortunately, she didn't get hurt. Snoop however, did get hurt. After scoring on a layup, D-O-Double G came up limping with an injured ankle. This didn't stop him though. Snoop stayed in the game and played quite well, bummed ankle and all.
Source : Originally Published LAist - Los Angeles, CA, USA, Aug 6, 2007
Celebrities : Baron Davis, Paul Pierce, Magic Johnson
Categories : Athlete News
Posted 8/6/2007 12:08:36 AM | Permalink
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