The National Basketball Retired Players Association Review - Celebrity Game For The Community

While the National Basketball Association (NBA) Playoffs between Cleveland/Boston (Eastern) and Golden State/San Antonio (Western) was in high gear, the 3rd Annual Celebrity Basketball Game guided by two retired NBA Legends, Dale Ellis and Dikembe Mutombo was taking place on another court on May 20, 2017 at the Lovett School, Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Welcome to the Showdown

 

The National Basketball Retired Player Association (NBRPA) partnered with Breakthrough Atlanta to make this fun filled day a success for the entire family. Sponsorships from Aaron’s, SunTrust and Entertainment Interactive provided activities that ensured everyone enjoyed themselves from the VIP Room to the court.

 

Representatives of NBRPA; RJohnson Community Services, Inc; SunTrust (Sponsor), Breakthrough Atlanta; Splash Magazine/NBRPA - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

   

Representative of RJohnson Community Services Inc/NBRPA and Aaron's Furniture (Sponsor) sharing a laugh - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

  

Marcus Georges-Hunt, former Georgia Tech and current Orlando Magic player and his beautiful family in the VIP Room - Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

    

"MC" & Multi-Media Personality - Bria Janelle; Mutombo's Team Coach-Danilla McCary (WNBA); DeAndre "Mosquito" Bray (Legend Street Baller); Ellis' Team Coach-Alexia Adams (WNBA) and Harold Keeling (NBA Player) - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

    

Two 1st Round NBA Drafts (1992 & 1980) - Tom Gugliotta (Olympic Gold Medalist) and Reggie Johnson (NBA Champion)

  

The NBRPA is comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA, WNBA and Harlem Globetrotters with a mission to develop, implement and advocate a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters and the community.

 

Breakthrough Atlanta is an organization committed to providing an academically intense pathway to college for motivated metro Atlanta public school students to encourage academic success.

  

Dale Ellis, the President of the NBRPA, Atlanta Chapter and Mike Reckord, the Chief Operation Officer of NBRPA, Atlanta Chapter said this year's game was the best yet.  Excitement was definitely in the air with players consisting of NBA, NFL-National Football League, Businessmen and TV/Radio/Music Entertainers. Everyone was enthusiastic and brought their “A” game for the love of the game and fans.

Dale Ellis and Channel 46 bringing the Sports News - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

 

Jeremy Crane and Student both of Breakthrough Atlanta giving a superb performance of the National Anthem - Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

  

 

NBRPA-Atlanta Chapter President Dale Ellis (17 year NBA Veteran) gets energy from the crowd before hitting the floor since retiring 17 years ago - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

   

Dale Ellis' Team ready for action against Dikembe Mutombo's Team - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

    

Team (Dikembe) Mutombo who won in Overtime with Mike Reckord, Chief Operation of the NBRPA-Atlanta Chapter standing by their side - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

 

From the beginning of the game until the end of the “nail biting” overtime, the crowd was really into the game and so was I.

  

Team Ellis and Team Mutombo , "Let's Play Ball" - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

        

Players coming out of retirement for their fans - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

  

The tip-off  started  with 7’ 2” NBA Hall of Famer, Mutombo jumping ball against Ellis’ team member and Street Legend B-Ball Star, DeAndre “Mosquito” Bray 5’6” in which Mosquito won the toss.  Many times throughout the game, "8x NBA All-Star" Mutombo would have to point his finger saying NO! NO! NO! toward his opponents which brought laughter from the fans.

 

NBA Hall of Famer, Dikembe Mutombo encouraging future Olympic Swimmers, Langston and Lawson; children of Dr. Damon and Sylvia Weddington - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

   

 

"MC" & Multi-Media Personality - Bria Janelle dances with the youth to rapper, Yung Joc's song "It's Goin Down" while he assist coaching Team Ellis' - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

   

Dr. Sherra, the winner of the raffle ticket for Shaquille O'Neil's autograph basketball while others won Dale Ellis and Dikembe Mutombo's autographed jerseys - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

    

Kevin Lloyd explaining why he needs 50,000 signatures in attempt to honor his late father, Earl Lloyd with a U.S. Commemorative Postage Stamp for being the first black to integrate the NBA as a Player, a World Champion and later an Assistant Coach - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

NBA stamp

There were plenty of dunks, stolen balls, fast breaks and even 3-point shots made by the “3-Point NBA All-Star Weekend Shootout Champion player of 1989, Dale Ellis who made 3 for 3 showing he still got it. 

 

A "Father Day Moment", Christian Ellis and Dale Ellis, displaying their love of the game in which both have excelled successfully and professionally - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

 

All the teammates who were chosen for the teams love the game of basketball and they said it was great to be back on the hardwood floor displaying their talents and entertaining the crowd.

 

It was a treat to see all the families with their children watching with laughter and excitement.

University of Tennessee and NBA Legends - Reggie Johnson, Bernard King and Dale Ellis - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

     

 

University of Tennessee and NBA Legends - Reggie Johnson, Bernard King, Dale Ellis and Legendary Photographer Renee Sudderth who watched all their college games in Knoxville, TN while taking photos - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

 

It was very special when the players were able to interact with the kids by signing basketballs, taking photos together, and just talking to the kids to see how their school year was and how it could benefit them on the day they graduate as seniors.

 

Until next year, players and fans will rest up and be ready for Mutomob’s team to defend their Winning Trophy from Ellis’ team after they Won 91 – 93 in Overtime!!! What a great way for the NBRPA and Breakthrough Atlanta to give back to the community.

 

Rapper, Yung Joc "slides into home plate" while everyone ends this fun day with big laughter - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

 

© 2017.May This story written and photos by Renee Sudderth for Splash Magazines. It is not to be sold or reproduce without written permission of Renee Sudderth

 

 

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