It was a night that 120% of excitement and expectations were met for the players of the ‘Basketball GO 3ON3 Winning Team’.
The match between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings was held at the Clipto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California on the 18th (local time). The 3ON3 players from Korea enjoyed another unforgettable night following the previous day.
These are the members of the winning team of the ‘Basketball GO 3ON3’ competition held at COEX in Samseong-dong, Seoul last October.
Maid (Shin Seon-jae, Lim Gang-hui, Jung Doo-ryeong) won the men’s division, and Batu (Lee Moun-mui, Hong Young-ja, Kim Hye-joo, Song Si-eun) won the women’s division. They were invited by CJ CheilJedang’s bibigo team to host the event, along with commentator Jo Hyun-il of SPOTV. I came to Los Angeles on the 16th.
The local viewing of the LA Lakers, which was provided as a reward for the winning team, was more than just sitting and watching the game.
From entering the stadium to the last moment, everything that was only open to a limited number of people was provided.
After entering the main plaza of Clipto.com Arena, the party went down to the floor under the guidance of the person in charge. 먹튀검증
With about 100 minutes left until the start of the match, players from both teams were warming up. The Lakers were in the midst of shooting training with Dennis Schroeder and Juan Toscano-Anderson. Soon after, Patrick Beverly joined the warm-up in plain clothes.
At this time, the person in charge brought out a story that was hard to believe. He wants to sit on the sideline seat. Sideline seats are very expensive. The movements of the players seen in line were more dynamic than watching them on relay or from a distance. Participants reacted greatly to each and every move of Toscano-Anderson and Beverly. SPOTV commentator Jo Hyun-il, who has been commenting on the NBA for a long time, was also surprised, saying, “It seems like I’ve never experienced a reward like this. The players I see on the courtside are really new.”
After the first stage of the tour, the participants moved to the second floor again. When moving, the LA Lakers players used the passageway to the locker room. It felt different from the press booth or the passageway to the elevator. Like the home team facility, the lighting was lit, and the floor was less hard.
The place I headed through the passage was the VIP suite.
The competitive point of all professional sports clubs, including the NBA, is how many courtside seats and suite seats are sold. There was also a time when suites were competitively expanded. The sales target is diverse, including companies, alumni associations, schools, and business partners. In the case of the Los Angeles Clippers, under the leadership of Steve Ballmer, a suite with more facilities than a hotel was being introduced to the new stadium. Currently, there are 172 Crypto.com Arenas, and for the upcoming home game against the Lakers and Golden State Warriors on February 23, the cheapest suite is KRW 9.13 million.
The management was so special that there was a separate passage for suite buyers in the stadium. Up to 12 people can enter and exit, and the bartender is always on standby as well as food. It was the best place to chat and enjoy the game with friends or business partners in a private space. Participants also watched the game while enjoying various food settings, including nachos.
Before the start of the game, another exciting moment came.
The role of ‘gameball delivery’ was given to two players from the male and female winning teams. Lim Kang-hwi (maid) and Lee Mo-ri (batu) handed over the official Wilson game ball to the referees in the center of the court. When they appeared on the electronic display board, a confirmation text message came from among the reporters and acquaintances who were present at the scene, asking, “Are those friends really those friends?”Before the excitement even goes away, the players go crazy looking at the screen once again. During the ‘Dance Cam’ event, their images were captured on the screen. A surprise event that happened at an unexpected time. The players enthusiastically waved their jerseys and were intoxicated with the atmosphere. It was great fan service that even if you don’t like the Lakers, you can’t help but be a fan.
As the stormy cheering time passed, a real storm came to the court.
The Lakers, who once had a lead of 74-88 in the third quarter, started a fierce chase and returned the atmosphere to a close game. The Lakers managed to turn the game around 101-100 with Juan Toscano-Anderson’s layup with 7 minutes left, and the atmosphere heated up even more. The voices of the basketball GO 3ON3 winning team players also became higher. However, it remained the Lakers’ last lead. Sacramento, who caught the flow with Kevin Herder’s 3-point shot and De’Aaron Fox’s drive-in, won 5 straight wins, and the Lakers, who chased by 1 point (111-112) with 5 seconds left, missed their last chance due to a clear pass foul.
The game was over, but the flushed faces of the players did not subside easily.
After the game, the players said, “Time passed too quickly. I feel like I’ve been given the best gift.” Maid’s Shin Seon-jae, who is currently working as a model and basketball instructor, said, “When I saw it in person, the players looked more amazing. I was inspired a lot, and I will have to play basketball harder even after I go back.” Kim Hye-joo of the Batu team, who is currently working as a teacher, also said, “It felt like I was walking in a fantasy forest.”
Meanwhile, the winners of the ‘Basketball GO 3ON3’ competition concluded their journey in LA with the schedule on this day.