Thursday, October 30, 2008

One Lakers Game at Staples Center

I have watched basketball games since I was in grade school. Blame it on my dad who was a Toyota fan then years after, our TV set was always glued on every Ginebra game. The never-say-die attitude of Big J's team was an inspiration for its fans.

Back in college, I made it a point to watch the intense rivalry of De La Salle University and Ateneo LIVE on the court. Animo forever! I have also watched PBA games because a high school friend's dad used to manage the Astrodome so we have VIP seats when we watch the games live.

During my US trip, a childhood friend (former UAAP basketball player) gifted us with tickets ($100) to a Lakers game. At the Staples Center, I enjoyed checking the souvenir shop, seeing different kinds of Lakers memorabilia! The items were a bit expensive but what the hell, still got some stuff :) The most exciting experience for me aside from seeing Kobe play was the video clip shown to the audience!
When you go inside the arena, at first, you will see a normal basketball court---the players practicing their shots, and spectators going to their respective seats. We were a bit early so we got to see the place filled to the rafters. When the game was about to start, suddenly, there was blackout! A humongous white cloth (circular in shape) came down the court. It became an instant movie theater! A special video on Lakers' 60th year was projected to the big screen. Had some goosebumps watching it. Fabulous concept! The Americans really know how to give a fantastic show! To the max ang entertainment value! You can watch the video below...
Hey, its Magic Johnson!

Inside the arena...

Before the game...

Kobe Bryant shooting a freethrow...

video


AWESOME Lakers 60th year video!

4 comments:

the donG said...

wow! obviously you're going for the lakers. i enjoyed watching the 60th year video. ill also check it in youtube.

Aileen Apolo said...

I had the same feeling when we got to watch a Sharks game (hockey). Ang saya!

Twin said...

dong: not really an avid NBA fan, i only watch the finals on TV

aileen: yeah watching a game in another country LIVE is an exciting experience especially when you're a visitor. got to see a soccer game of ajax team (amsterdam's soccer team) LIVE in their stadium. even if i don't know the rules, you get to see the dutch culture and its always a learning experience...

JMI said...

Go Lakers! (they are 3-0 as of now). It's a long season, with no injuries. They will be at the NBA finals again this year. Wee-hoo!

Next time, I will take you to Rose Bowl for a football game(Go Trojans!) and go for a BROOM HOCKEY game at the ice-skating rink and play from midnight to morning. Super fun!