The Goodman League Roundball Classic was a success for the 2,000 plus who came out to see Chris Brown. Not so much for my eardrums.
Thanks to the not-so-convenient media “seating arrangement” at Henry Wise High School in Upper Marlboro yesterday afternoon, my Wizards Extreme partner, Asad Naqvi and I found ourselves absorbed by a flock of screeching pre-teens and pink iPhone cases. And I’m pretty certain we photo-bombed about a hundred mobile uploads to Facebook.
But last night it wasn’t the phenomenal replication of Michael Jackson’s moonwalk or the Grammy award winning vocals that had Breezy in the spotlight. Instead, he had the crowd buzzing with a mean stutter step crossover and a wet jumper.
And oh my God, speaking of wet jumpers -- Baltimore native and Memphis Grizzly Josh Selby buzzkilled Breezy's on-court appearance early as he knocked down tre's in every fashion and from every angle, scoring the team's first nine points.
The evening opened up with an AAU matchup between Baltimore's Finest and Team Takeover. Fresh out of jail after being arrested on an assault charge Friday, Baltimore's Aquille "Crimestopper" Carr remained dazzling and unfazed as it was his defenders ankles who were left assaulted.
Carr was arrested on Saturday for allegedly assaulting his babymama after she tried to break up with him.
Note to self: NEVER try to break up with The Crimestopper.
The 18-year old Seton Hall recruit from Patterson High School impressed often by shaking his opponents with fancy footwork, leaving them yearning for Bengay and IcyHot. In the end, his last second layup attempt to win the game was swatted away, securing Team Takeover's victory.
Back to the main event. Former Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was also in the building. The infamous locker room gun toter is gradually emerging as a legend in the DC area, seemingly receiving the second loudest cheers in the gym last night.
Arenas, still on the housing market, played with the Grizzlies last season and is in the midst of a career-rejuvenating crisis. Arenas has left a lot to be desired over the latter years of his career, unless of course you're interested in the 10,000 gallon shark tank included in the house he's put up for sale.
There was minimal competition between the two squads as the "NBA" team quickly pulled away, turning the game into a highlight reel of lazy one-on-one ball and a LOT of alley oop layups. DC street ball legend Baby Shaq put in his usual work, but unfortunately the dominance of his opponents lured him away from the spotlight.
With the amount of homebred success displayed in the gym, it was only right that the halftime show feature a performance by the DMV's own Wale. On an evening where everyone's popularity took a backseat to Chris Brown, the Maybach Music product lapped around the sidelines, drawing some attention to himself as he dapped up fans while he performed.