Thursday, February 14, 2008
This weekend marks one of the biggest moments of the basketball season with the NBA's midseason showcase event: NBA All-Star. This year, the league's brightest stars will be gathering in New Orleans, Louisiana, for various events, including the Dunk Contest, Skills Competition, Rookie Challenge Game, and, of course, Sunday's All-Star Game. These events will be broadcast on TNT, but here on YouTube, we'll have a unique slice of All-Star action.
Two groups of intrepid students from the Laurel School, located in Orleans Parish in New Orleans, were given video cameras to document the rehabilitation of their outdoor courts and the re-opening of their gymnasium, all of which were damaged by Hurricane Katrina two years ago. NBA players Al Horford and newly-anointed All-Star David West will be on site to lend a hand to the students and volunteers. Here's an interview with Horford at the unveiling ceremony:
On Friday, another group of Laurel School students will be given special press access to the Rookie vs. Sophomore Game. All of the footage captured by these aspiring sports journalists will be living on the NBA channel and on the NBA Cares channel. So in-between the spectacular dunks and behind-the-back passes, log on to YouTube for a special behind-the-scenes look at All-Star in the Big Easy.