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March 12th
All Star Weekend Recap Pt. 3 of 3

Following the path less traveled, we decided to steer clear of our usual Dominican spot for lunch as the Florida Mall needed some assistance. Set to make an appearance at the Flight Lab was the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, but none the happier were we when we learned that Kobe, Lebron, Durant and one Jeremy Lin would be hitting the mall scene as well. We would polish our press badges and high-resolution cameras one last time as the final day at the famed shopping mall was set to be a great one.

We got to witness the arrival of the Black Mamba as he greeted Jeremy Lin and made his way up to the stage, speaking about the processes behind the Nike Zoom Kobe VII. Within the next few hours, along came none other than Lebron James who’s own sneaker was definitely a hot item for the fans that weekend. He spoke about various topics which the Florida natives were all very eager to hear, including his appreciation of the Miami weather and fans. After Lebron’s departure, the crew decided that it would be in good fun to get in on the pop-up Nike Personalization Center at Foot Locker. So after a few small purchases, we were able to get our hands on some very cool Galaxy-Printed Elite Socks and embroidered Nike Galaxy Hoodies. Meanwhile, the New York Knicks’ star forward Carmelo Anthony made a brief appearance at the Flight Lab and concluded the Mall’s celebrity cameos for the weekend.

The mall antics were only the start to another fabulous day in Central Florida. Thanks to some generous friends, part of the crew was able to attend All-Star Saturday Night at the Amway Center in Club Suite seating. Upon finding out that there were three spare tickets to the event, half of us dug through suitcases to find proper threads for the evening and quickly rushed to get clean and dressed. The other half of the crew felt that the sandy coast was calling, so they packed hastily and jetted to The Keys that night, leaving the rest of us to get the full Orlando effect for the rest of the weekend. It goes without saying that experiencing an NBA Three-Point Shootout live is awe-inspiring, but no words can describe the festivity of a highly amped Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. Being basketball fans for our all lives and tuning into the dunk contest just about every single year, we realized that this was a special opportunity never to be taken for granted. The lights, the celebrities, the frantic fans. It was all there and did not disappoint.

Speaking about things that choose not to disappoint, the after-party for All-Star Saturday night was extremely eventful, to say the least. The Undisputed 2012 Party held down the street from the Amway center was hosted by Lebron James, Chris Paul, Floyd “Money Team” Mayweather and lastly, Kevin Hart. We were able to get in the door and participate in the high-powered fun from start to finish. The hosts, as famous as they were, made the event more than worthwhile, often announcing and sharing their warm wishes from a packed VIP section.  The very energetic DJ kept the hits going all night long and gave us a true southern experience that we’re sure to never forget. We were able to depart from the packed clubhouse with enough memories, enough pictures and enough stories that will last a lifetime and most certainly guarantee our presence for next year. All-Star Weekend 2012 was a blast and only Footaction can bring it right to your doorstep.