The NBA Finals MVP and seven-time NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat is in Shanghai to take part in a streetball competition tomorrow night at Luwan Stadium, featuring S.K.Y Streetball Syndicate against Street China. Though Wade won’t be stepping on the court in Shanghai (contract stipulations often have stringent rules about offseason play), acting only as Street China’s coach, there’ll still be plenty of dope dribble-drives and an abundance of broken ankles: S.K.Y Streetball Syndicate is composed of And 1 Mixtape Tour veterans like Spyda, AO, Pat Da Roc, Mr. 720, I’ll Be Right Back and T-Dub.
Street China is composed of local players who’ve won the privilege to play tomorrow night after surviving through a series of games in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Zhengzhou and Beijing. The selection process is similar to tournaments that took place across China in 2008, where young players competed for the chance to train with Kobe as part of the Kobe Mentu (科比门徒) series that aired on CCTV.
And in case you were wondering, Wade has nodded in unison with his fellow Jordan Brand buddies Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony in regards to maybe-sorta possibly coming to China to play during the lockout. In Beijing recently with the other All-Stars as part of the Jordan Brand Flight Tour, Wade went ahead and held more of the same fence-sitting pose that NBA stars have become renown for:
We all like to play the game of basketball. We will find a way to play. Playing basketball should provide options. We will play somewhere, somehow. We all love the game more than anything.
In case you can’t make it to the Shanghai game, D-Wade and the streetballers will also be heading down to Guangzhou for another round of lobbing and dunking on Wednesday, August 10th.
Tickets for the Shanghai game range from 100RMB to 1,000RMB, and can be purchased here, or by calling 400-610-3721.
S.K.Y. Streetball Syndicate vs Street China // 8pm // Friday August 5 // Luwan Stadium // 135 Jianguo West Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu (建国西路135号，进陕西南路) // Closest Metro Stop: Dapuqiao Station on Line 9 (打浦桥站)
And if partying with tall celebrities is more your thing, you can head down to Zeal at 9:30 tomorrow night for the post dunkfest after-party.
Post Dunkfest After-Party featuring Dwyane Wade and S.K.Y. Streetball Syndicate // 9:30pm // Friday August 5 // Zeal // South Bund 22, 6F, 22 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu near Xin Yongan Lu (中山东二路22号6楼，近新永安路)