NBA Takes Over LIU Brooklyn
LIU was the official Brooklyn hub for all NBA All-Star Weekend fan events, and five days of NBA action on campus, including the transformation of LIU Brooklyn’s historic Paramount Theatre into the 2015 NBA House—an interactive basketball experience for fans of all ages.
LIU Brooklyn hosted the sold-out NBA Rising
Stars Challenge Practice, presented by BBVA Compass, at the Steinberg Athletic
Center. Young players such as Nets star Mason Plumlee, Zach LaVine, Nerlens
Noel, and Andrew Wiggins converged on the campus, further enhancing the
excitement of the packed crowd of students, faculty, staff, and alumni from
across the LIU community.
NBA All-Stars were joined on the court by
National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) players, sports media
personalities such as Rick Fox and Isaiah Thomas, NBA dancers, LIU students,
administration, faculty, and alumni for an evening filled with dunks,
half-court shots, and a demonstration of NBA fast-break practice drills. There
was a palpable feeling of street ball showmanship and fun among the players,
and a back-to-the-roots attitude.
“To have a part of NBA's All-Star Weekend at LIU Brooklyn
was absolutely wonderful,” said Brad Cohen, LIU Brooklyn's athletics director.
“It was a great opportunity to show what a happening place Brooklyn has and
continues to become. Hosting NBA House in the Paramount Theatre showcased the
university to thousands of people from the local community, and also allowed
members of the student body to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime event."
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—By Nick Light, LIU Magazine Spring 2015