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NBA 2K6 Party With Shaq

by Tina Romero

For basketball aficionados like my brother Yan, last night's NBA 2K6 launch at Slate was a dream come true. I am not a gamer nor a basketball fan like Yan but I have to admit that Shaq's gargantuan presence made me feel larger than life.


It was even made bigger when I rubbed elbows with other NBA stars like Phoenix Sun's Amare Stoudemire, Trevor Ariza (NY Knicks) and NBA conference host Craig Anthony.


Funny thing is I would not have known who these people were if not for Yan who can hardly contain his excitement seeing some of his basketball heroes like infamous Ron Artest (Indiana Pacers). Ron will forever be known for the most reckless brawl in NBA history which earned him the most severe penalty ever administered in the NBA. He was suspended for the rest of the 2004 season when he went into the stands and punched a man who he thought hit him with some sort of beverage.


In between cosmopolitans, champagne and crab cakes, we checked out the game kiosks and the Nike shoe display (the game has a Nike iD customization feature). Yan is also a basketball shoe fanatic and the gods were definitely on his side when he was given the much coveted invitation card to the Nike iD Design studio. It is no Manolo Blahnik but apparently, people from all over the world scramble to get an appointment so they can design and buy their own Nike shoe. Rounding off one night of fun is Hot 97's Kayslay. Other than the off limits VVIP area where Shaq hid for almost the entire hour he was in the party, it was one cool launch. I think I mentioned I am not a gamer but after tonight, I have to say video games rock!


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