Wiz Khalifa, Jim Jones, Cory Gunz and more participated in the Converse Band of Ballers in NYC presented by MTV2 [Photos]
New York, NY – On Monday, July 11, 2011, Converse Band of Ballers took place and was filmed by MTV2. Converse’s signature three-on-three basketball tournament that combines music and basketball, the event was hosted by MTV’s Sway and basketball and sneaker guru, Bobbito Garcia who provided play-by-play commentary. Courtside correspondent “Greg the Puppet” reported from the sidelines and DJ D-Nice provided beats all day long. Teams were comprised of high-profile musicians and up-and-coming artists who competed in the day-long tournament to win the coveted Converse Band of Ballers “Golden Speaker Trophy”. The winner of the tournament will be revealed in an on-air special on MTV2 to air in mid-August.
Check out photos of the event and the different teams after the jump.
Chiddy Bang + Team Swell
Jim Jones + Jones Family (Reigning 2009 and 2010 champs)
YMCMB – also playing, Lil Twist, Cory Gunz
Matt and Kim + Brooklyn – also playing, Donald Glover
Wiz Khalifa + Taylor Gang
About Converse Band of Ballers
Converse Band of Ballers is the ultimate fusion of basketball and music. A 3-on-3 round robin basketball tournament held in a gymnasium with teams comprised of musical artists, each team wears the latest Converse performance footwear and custom apparel. The event includes a DJ and an emcee providing ongoing commentary during the games. The winning team of the tournament receives bragging rights and their name engraved on the Converse Band of Ballers “Golden Speaker Trophy”. Converse hosted the first-ever Band of Ballers tournament in New York City in August 2009 to celebrate the launch of the Weapon Evo basketball shoe amongst basketball and music fans alike. The inaugural tournament garnered Jim Jones and The Jones Family their first-ever Band of Ballers title. The second Band of Ballers tournament was held in Atlanta, GA. and returning winners Jim Jones and The Jones Family retained their title as the Band of Ballers reigning champions.
Converse Inc., based in N. Andover, Massachusetts, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NIKE, Inc. Established in 1908, the Converse brand has built a reputation as “America’s Original Sports Company”™ and has been associated with a rich heritage of legendary shoes such as the Chuck Taylor® All Star® shoe, the Jack Purcell® shoe and the One Star® shoe. Today, Converse offers a diverse portfolio including premium lifestyle men’s and women’s footwear and apparel. Converse product is sold globally by retailers in over 160 countries and through 58 company-owned retail locations in the U.S. For more information, visit Converse on the web at http://www.converse.com.