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Old 02-17-07, 02:05 PM
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GREETINGS FROM LAS VEGAS!

LAS VEGAS, NV

For a city used to glitz and glamour and celebrities and 24 hour parties, the NBA has come in and upped the ante and the city is gridlocked. Forget about driving down Las Vegas Blvd AKA The Strip. Walking is the only mode of transportation guaranteed to get you to events in this area.
Your California based "reporter" here and his twin, one of the fine moderators of this here Spurs Report, walked around the strip to see how Las Vegas, who has hopes of one day drawing a franchise to their city, has turned into a pro basketball mad environment.

The First thing you notice is that most of the major hotels have advertising banners or window decals several stories high. If you are familiar with Las Vegas, the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd and Tropicana Ave has Excalibur and Tropicana on one side, and on the other side oddly, the west corner has the Hotel New York, New York with a 40 foot Statue of Liberty statue wearing a Dwight Howard #12 blue East jersey.
While on the east side, the MGM Grand has a Golden Lion as tall as Lady Liberty and this Jungle King is proudly wearing a #21 white West jersey. On each side of the lion are 40 foot banners of Tim Duncan on one side, and kevin garnett on the other, the #21 players from the west, with both playing standing next to the lion looking like two guardians protecting royalty! Very impressive.

The Luxor famous for its pyramid, has on an adidas banner that spans one of the sides with kaygee and dwight howard being shows. The Mirage has a window decal of dwyane wade's face that is 8 stories high. adidas and nike definitely have put megabucks into promoting their brand and it shows.

As far as people watching, other than on the court, we have only seen former players and movie stars. The list of sightings thus far: Charles Oakley, Charles Smith, Olden Polynice, LaDanian Tomlinson who was actually on the plane flight from SD with us participated in the celebrity game. Did someone record the game? I forgot to set my dvr at home for that!

We ended the day going to the NBA Jam Session and I must tell you how proud I am of Spurs fans. It should be no surprise that there are people wearing laker gear here and of course you get your lebron jerseys, but MAN, there are Spurs fans here representing! I saw more Spurs jerseys than laker jerseys! I swear!!!!!!!

There is more to see today. The players are all staying at the Palms owned by the Maloof Brothers who also own the sacramento kings. Those guys must love that the Palms Suites all come with 8 foot tall beds.... Time for me to drink plenty of water because after all, this is the desert, and the air is so dry, but the NBA waits for no one as this city awaits a franchise they can call their own...

I'll link up pictures later, too...
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Old 02-17-07, 02:46 PM
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U lucky, lucky SOB.
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Old 02-17-07, 04:05 PM
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Old 02-17-07, 07:12 PM
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Wheres them pics????
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Old 02-18-07, 12:31 AM
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Ahhh...The Palomino...but I digress.

Joe & I decided to pick up these as well:

http://freshnessmag.com/v4/2007/02/1...ar-game-lineup
adidas Originals Superstar Lux 1 Pack - Tim Duncan
1000 pairs will be available exclusively at the adidas Performance Store
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Old 02-18-07, 01:51 AM
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PSR, There are other clubs, too, but you didn't hear that from me. Remember, what happens in Vegas STAYS IN VEGAS!

Sorry for no pics yet guys! Tod is the technical one of us twins. He'll get around to it after he and his wife get out of the jacuzzi.

People watch update: While at the Palms, I saw Gavin Maloof, which is a thrill for an entrepreneur like myself. One day I would like to be like him but with way more anonymity. I also saw ugh, jason terry.... and dan gadzuric of the bucks. Will I Am of the Black Eyed Peas said hello to our wives said Bebot to us probably because we are Filipino.... (See their album, Monkey Business)
The Bay Area connection of jason kidd and barry bonds came out of the hotel escorted by security... No, they weren't being kicked out of the Palms. They were just being led out on their way to the Thomas & Mack Arena...

At the adidas store, Tod and I were lucky enough to buy some low top shelltoe Duncans that were part of their it takes five promo. Each of the five had 1,000 limited edition shoes made. They all looked really cool, but Duncan's was really styling with a dragon emblazoned in gold on the shoe cuff. Why? Because Tim is like a Zen Master and dragons are really cool...
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NO NEED TO RUSH
Cutters are coming
Screens are being set
Pass is PINPOINT PERFECT
and somebody ends up WIDE OPEN
No Flash No Gimmicks NO CHANCE OF STOPPING IT
IT'S THE QUIET GUYS YOU SHOULD FEAR
because words are small and GAME IS BIG

GO GO!


I AM NINJA!
"We will either find a way, or make one."
~Hannibal~

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