The world of professional sports and video games collided this past weekend as PlayStation once again hooked up the official NBA Players Lounge during NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.
The lounge provided a great opportunity to give players and their families a chance to relax, get some food and drink, and play some of the latest PlayStation 3 games including MLB 11 The Show, inFAMOUS 2, Killzone 3,MotorStorm: Apocalypse, Gran Turismo 5, NBA 2K11, Buzz! Quiz World, and Sports Champions. To up the ante, we provided players with a one of a kind gift bag that included an NBA All-Star LA themed PS3 painted in blue or red, a pair of Nike Air Force 1 kicks, and a Nike travel bag to carry everything. To make each item a bit more personalized, we brought back the laser etching machine which allowed us to customize the PS3s, sneaks, and bags with a logo or name of their choice.
Can you guess who this PS3 was lasered for?
Ok, I know T.O. isn’t a hoopster, but he stopped by so we hooked him up…
In addition to the players, we also had a few celebs attend the lounge—not a surprise since we were in LA. Actor Liam Hemsworth, most recently know for his role in the 2010 movie The Last Song opposite Miley Cyrus, dropped by to check out the latest PS3 games and took a liking to the PlayStation Move sharp shooter, as you can see here…
Some of the current and former NBA (and NFL) players who stopped by the lounge included:
- Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics)
- Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics)
- John Wall (Washington Wizards)
- Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks)
- Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)
- Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers)
- DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings)
- Tyreke Evans (Sacramento Kings)
- Wesley Johnson (Minnesota Timberwolves)
- Dikembe Mutombo (Former NBA center)
- Ryan Hollins (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- Wesley Matthews (Portland Trail Blazers)
- Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons)
- JaVale McGee (Washington Wizards)
- Terrell Owens (Cincinnati Bengals)
- Eric Bledsoe (Los Angeles Clippers)
- Da’Quan Bowers (Clemson DE, #1 NFL Draft prospect)
- Kenyon Martin (Denver Nuggets)
- Shelden Williams (New York Knicks)
You can see all the pictures of the players on Flickr, but for I’ll leave you with one last shot of the custom sneakers we gave out—pretty cool!!
Now we didn’t forget about you: our loyal, if slightly less famous fans. Stay tuned to the Blog in the coming weeks for an opportunity to win an NBA All-Star PS3 prize package!